Map of the Day: Louisiana Is the Most Suspicious of Obama of any State

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President Obama certainly hasn't received high marks on his handling of the BP oil spill from wide swaths of the American people. In Louisiana, he has probably gotten an "F."  But it appears that even if the oil spill had never happened, Louisiana would still be the most suspicious of Obama of all the 50 states.

"Suspicion" is not necessarily unpopularity; it's uncertainty, distrust, and skepticism. So in Obama's case, a good barometer for suspicion is interest in his birth certificate.

If you search Google Insights for "obama birth certificate," Louisiana has the most hits. If you tweak the search to "barack birth certificate" or "barack obama birth," the top ten states shift a bit, but Louisianans are still the most interested in where this Obama fella came from. This was true and constant even before the spill.

Simply put, Louisiana is the most suspicious of Obama of any state. It's certainly not going to help his case making things right in the Gulf.

Here's the map of searches for "obama birth certificate," measuring 2004-present.

Obama Birth Certificate

Here's the one for "barack birth certificate," 2004-present.

Barack Birth Certificate

And the one for "barack obama birth," 2004-present.

Barack Obama Birth

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Patrick Ottenhoff has been writing The Electoral Map blog since 2007. A former staff writer for National Journal Group and project manager at New Media Strategies, he now attends Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. More

Patrick Ottenhoff attends Georgetown McDonough School of Business in the Class of 2012. He previously served as a project manager in the Public Affairs Practice of New Media Strategies and was a staff writer for National Journal Group. Patrick has been writing The Electoral Map blog since 2007. As the name implies, the blog covers news and commentary at the intersection of politics and geography, but it also analyzes the stories, people, culture, sports, and food behind the maps and the votes. Patrick is a native Virginian and graduate of Union College in New York. You can follow The Electoral Map on Twitter and Facebook, and follow Patrick on YouTube.
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