Election 2012

Sheriff's Birtherism Sinks His Popularity

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona wowed his fans by brutalizing prisoners and harassing immigrants, but his obsession with the president's birth certificate goes over like a lead balloon

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's support waned after the recent revelations of his investigation into President Barack Obama's birth certificate, a poll released Thursday says.

The telephone poll of 600 likely voters concluded Arpaio's favorability rating dropped to 53 percent, and about 65 percent of respondents disapproved of the sheriff's investigating the president's birth certificate.