Around two thirds of Republicans – and over one third of Americans – think Obama is "hiding important information about his background and early life."
That's according to a new survey from Fairleigh Dickinson University reported in Politico. 64% of Republicans believe the POTUS is hiding something, and that opinion is shared by 34% of Americans generally. Even 14% of Democrats believe the president has a skeleton in his closet.
What exactly do folks think the POTUS is hiding? The most popular theory concerns Obama's birthplace, an idea that's been well-ventilated by Donald Trump and others. Even the president jokes about this one – he's been known to give an exaggerated wink when referring to his birthplace as Hawaii (see photo).
In addition, 19% think Obama practiced voter fraud in the 2012 election.
The study found that belief in such theories correlated with lower levels of education and political knowledge. The more educated you are, the less likely you are to think Obama is hiding anything. However, among Republicans, those with more political awareness were more likely to believe in Obama's dark secret.
The poll result fits with several internet memes that are popular on the right. Obama is often referred to as "the most secretive president in history," and the idea that "he wasn't properly vetted" has been a classic of the conservative internet since the POTUS took office.