Four out of 10 American voters have some doubt that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, according to a recent FOX News poll.
The survey also revealed that 24 percent of respondents outright believe that the President was born in another country. Speculation over Obama's birthplace has been reinvigorated in recent weeks as Donald Trump, a potential candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, has publicly requested a copy of Obama's original long-form birth certificate.
As to be expected, the FOX News poll showed significant partisan differences. A total of 84 percent of Democratic participants and 69 percent of independents believe that Obama was born in America. Only 47 percent of Republican respondents think that the commander-in-chief is a natural-born citizen, compared to 44 percent of Tea Party supporters.
Despite the doubt surrounding Obama's birthplace, the survey indicated that the President would still hold up in a showdown with Trump. A total of 52 percent said they would vote for Obama, while 34 percent would back the business mogul.
Freshman Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told The Daily Caller that Trump's fame makes him a legitimate candidate. However, Rubio suggested that the reality TV star should back off the "birther" issue.
"I would suggest — if he asked for my opinion — not to focus so much on that issue. There are more important things facing our country," Rubio told the news outlet. "I believe Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. So why are we talking about this?"