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Like Trump, Many Iowa Republicans Doubt Obama's US Citizenship

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- The "birther" issue possible presidential hopeful Donald Trump keeps harping on is resonating more with Republican voters in Iowa than the candidate himself, at least according to a new poll.

Nearly half of Iowa Republicans go along with Trump's theory, made popular during the 2008 national election, that President Obama was born outside the U.S. and is therefore not eligible to hold the highest public office in the land.

Along with the 48 percent who are convinced that the president is lying when he says he was born in Hawaii in 1961, the survey by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling finds another 26 percent of Iowa Republicans aren't entirely sure if his birth certificate is the real deal.

Meanwhile, Trump, who has been ascending in most polls of likely GOP voters, places third in Iowa at 14 percent, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leading with 27 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney second, with 16 percent.

What might really hurt Romney's chances in Iowa is that almost two-thirds of Republicans say mandated state healthcare, similar to what Romney promoted as Massachusetts governor, is a deal breaker with them.  Romney has since worked to distance himself as far from that issue as possible.

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