Remember that Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll that showed how many Southerners — mainly Southern whites — don’t believe President Obama was born in the United States? Well now check out some early data from an upcoming survey by Public Policy Polling (D) of Virginia, the northernmost part of the Old Confederacy.
Here’s what PPP communications director Tom Jensen wrote on Friday: “In a result making me want to bang my head against the table, the first round of calls for our Virginia poll this afternoon founds voters in the state almost evenly split on whether they thought the President was born in the US.”
The full result for this question will be released on Wednesday. Jensen added that PPP will be polling North Carolina this week — the state where they are based — and will be sure to put in a question about this.
Late Update: Some early numbers of the state’s self-identified Republican voters: A 41% plurality say Obama was not born in the United States, to 32% who say he was, and 27% who are not sure.