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New poll finds some Americans still questioning Obama's citizenship

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - President Barack Obama is spending his birthday at home alone in Chicago. First lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha are vacationing in Spain, while daughter Malia is away at summer camp.

While Obama celebrates his 49th birthday, a new poll show more than a quarter of Americans aren't convinced he was born in the United States. A CNN poll released Wednesday finds that 27% of Americans doubt Obama's citizenship. 11% say Obama was definitely not born in the United States.

Dr Chiyome Fukino, director of the state Department of Health has said in October 2008 that she had seen the original records on file at the department verifying Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.

"I have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen" Fukino said in a statement.

Fukino said Hawaii law blocks release of the document signed by doctors the day he was born, but she has personally seen and verified it. She reaffirmed the authenticity of the records on July 2009. The controversy erupted then when Congress commemorated the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood with a resolution that made mention of the state as Obama's birthplace.

In Hawaii, support for the Punahou graduate is strong. Politicians have discussed everything from making August 4 into a state holiday, to renaming Magic Island, Noelani Elementary and McKinley High School after President Obama.

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