David Weigel of the Washigton Independant writes:
Public Policy Polling’s ongoing survey of American attitudes about presidential conspiracy theories continues with a fascinating look at the “birther” and “truther” sympathies of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. One takeaway: While some conservatives have brushed aside criticism of the “birthers” in their based by criticizing 9/11 conspiracy theorists on the left, there are far more conservative “birthers” than liberal “truthers.”
Forty-two percent of Republicans say President Obama was born outside the United States, while only 37 percent say he was born here. Twenty-five percent of Democrats say President George W. Bush let 9/11 happen, while 63 percent say he didn’t. Sixty-two percent of “liberals” say no, as do 62 percent of people who say they voted for Obama. The only element of the Democratic Party’s base with considerable 9/11 “truth” sympathies? African-Americans, only 46 percent of whom rule out a Bush connection.
To be honest here, I’m not sure what one has to do with the other. One group of crazies believes that “The Government” was responsible or had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks. The other group believes that the POTUS is an illegal alien.
In my opinion, BOTH are questionable assertions, but one is a personal attack against Barack Obama, while the other is just another “government conspiracy”. hence the marked contrast in the amount of people who believe both “theories”.