Poll: 29 percent still think Christian Obama is Muslim

"Birthers" also hold sway with some. New survey finds 20 percent don't believe or are unsure Barack Obama was born in the U.S.

(RNS1-AUG13) President Obama voiced support for Muslims' right to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero, touching off a sensitive election-year debate with Republicans. For use with RNS-MOSQUE-POLITICS, transmitted Aug. 16, 2010. White House photo by Pete Souza.

(RNS1-AUG13) President Obama voiced support for Muslims’ right to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero, touching off a sensitive election-year debate with Republicans. For use with RNS-MOSQUE-POLITICS, transmitted Aug. 16, 2010. White House photo by Pete Souza

Despite a Hawaii birth certificate and repeated professions of his Christian faith, fairly large numbers of Americans still believe President Obama is a Muslim born outside of the United States.

True, 80 percent of Americans do believe Obama was born in the U.S., according to a new CNN/ORC poll, but 20 percent do not.

Of that total, 9 percent claim there is “solid evidence” Obama was born elsewhere, while another 11 percent said it is just their suspicion, CNN reported.

The birth certificate released in 2011 says Obama was born Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu.

And while Obama has repeatedly said he is Christian, 29 percent of poll respondents said the still believe he is Muslim — including 43 percent of Republicans.

Reports CNN:

“The findings suggest beliefs about Obama’s birth are remarkably stable: When ABC News and the Washington Post asked this question in the same way in April 2010, 77 percent of adults said Obama was born in the United States, 20 percent said in another country, with just 9 percent saying there was solid evidence Obama was not born in the United States.

“While some polling has suggested that substantial numbers of Republicans, particularly Donald Trump’s backers, doubted that Obama was born in the United States, the new survey suggests most Republicans think Obama was born in the country.”

(David Jackson writes for USA Today.)