Republicans want more Birther coverage

A new poll shows a plurality of Republicans think there hasn't been enough reporting on the issue

Alex Koppelman
August 6, 2009 9:35PM (UTC)

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is out with a new poll that asked, among other things, about media coverage of the Birthers. A plurality of respondents -- 41 percent -- said they believe there's been too much, but 52 percent said either that there's been too little or the right amount. Republicans, unsurprisingly, felt more strongly about that.

39 percent of self-identified Republicans, a plurality, told Pew they believe there hasn't been enough coverage of the debate over President Obama's citizenship and eligibility for the presidency. Another 27 percent said there's been the right amount, while 26 percent said there's been too much coverage.


Democrats, meanwhile, would like to see less attention given to the issue: 58 percent of them said there's been too much time devoted to it. On the other hand, 14 percent said there's been too little and 23 percent said there's been the right amount -- those numbers are, no doubt, influenced by the perception in some quarters that covering the Birthers tends to harm the Republican Party.

Independents, meanwhile, were right in the middle. 39 percent said there's been too much coverage, while 30 percent said there hasn't been enough and 23 percent said there's been the right amount.

(Hat-tip to David Weigel.)

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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