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Obama Is Muslim Believed By One In Six Americans, Only One In Four Identify Him As Protestant

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1 in 6 Americans Believe Obama Is A Muslim, Lest that 1 in 4 Can Identify Him As Protestant

1 in 6 Americans Believe Obama Is A Muslim, Lest that 1 in 4 Can Identify Him As Protestant

Obama Is Muslim Believed By One In Six Americans, Only One In Four Identify Him As Protestant

WASHINGTON (RNS) After nearly four years in the Oval Office, President Obama is incorrectly thought to be Muslim by one in six American voters, and only one quarter of voters can correctly identify him as a Protestant, according to a new poll.

“Wow. He said it 100 times that he’s not a Muslim,” said Zainab Al-Suwaij, executive director of the American Islamic Congress, expressing surprise over the persistent number of American voters (16 percent) who make the mistake.

Is there something insidious behind the belief, a concerted attack to link the president with a religion that’s considered alien — or worse — by some Americans?

“I think it’s more a lack of information than an attack on him,” said Al-Suwaij.

While Americans across the board get the president’s religion wrong, the religious group that most often thinks Obama is Muslim is white evangelical Protestants (24 percent). American unaffiliated with a religious group make the error least often: just 7 percent identify Obama as Muslim.

Daniel Cox, PRRI’s research director, said the small but not insignificant sliver of Americans who still believe Obama is Muslim is “fascinating.”

“Quite frankly, I’m not really sure what to make of it other than this person, although he speaks quite comfortably about his faith, doesn’t wear his religion on his sleeve,” Cox said. “It’s an important part of who he is, but it’s not an important part of his public persona.

The poll also found that white evangelical Protestants, who were suspicious of Romney in the early GOP primaries, are warming up to Romney now that he’s the presumptive nominee.

Romney’s support among white evangelicals has jumped 27 percent since October; evangelicals support him over Obama, 68 to 19 percent.

“There are clear signs that white evangelical Protestants are moving beyond any reservations they may have held earlier in the campaign about Romney’s Mormon faith,” said Cox.

Earlier this year, when primary voters faced more choices, evangelicals showed a preference for Catholics Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich, who campaigned hard on social issues dear to conservative Christians before dropping out.

“Americans want someone with strong religious convictions, but they don’t have to be the same as their own,” said Cox. “The exception is white evangelicals, who want them to be the same.”

But with a Mormon now the presumptive GOP nominee, that’s no longer a possibility for evangelicals, and the poll shows they are coalescing around Romney, Cox continued. “It’s a binary choice for them between someone who is on the right side of their issues and someone who is not.”

White evangelicals — depending on how the term is defined and how the question is asked – make up between 20 and 25 percent of American voters. Among Republicans, they are a particularly powerful bloc, representing about 40 percent of GOP voters.

Obama’s support lies in Catholic and mainline Protestant territory. Catholic voters overall say they would be more likely to vote for Obama (46 percent) than Romney (39 percent), though white Catholic voters state a preference for Romney over Obama (48 to 37 percent).

The scenario of four years ago, in which Obama enjoyed strong support among Hispanic Catholics and weaker support among white Catholics, seems to be playing out again.

White mainline Protestant voters also prefer Obama over Romney (50 to 37 percent) and religiously unaffiliated voters stand even more firmly in the Obama camp (57 to 22 percent).

The poll also showed:

– Obama maintains a significant lead over Romney in a head-to-head matchup (47 to 38 percent).

— Sixteen percent of voters have yet to make up their minds about a presidential candidate. Among this group, Obama holds a slight edge (42 to 37 percent).

— More than 60 percent of white evangelical, white mainline Protestant and Republican voters know that Romney is Mormon. Less than half of Catholic and Democratic voters know this.

The poll, of 1,006 Americans surveyed between May 2 and 6, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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49 Comments »

  1. Who gives a fuck what religion he is?

  2. soooooo….?

  3. Obama is certainly not a Muslim, but I doubt he’s a religious Christian. He strikes me as one of those guys who says he’s Christian, but doesn’t really attend services.

  4. To clarify: That would be 25% think he’s a Protestant, 16% think he’s a Muslim. 59% apparently think something else.

  5. anyone can be ignorant, but stupidity is willfully sustained ignorance…..lots of stupid people in America; especially angry, scared, white, conservative, undereducated, non-Union, males

  6. What the hell is wrong with people??…the hatred is chilling!!

  7. and what is the truth…what is his religion? judaism????

  8. Ridiculous!!

  9. Ridiculous!!

  10. He drinks beer and believes gays should be able to marry. I doubt he’s a muslim…not like I ever thought he was to begin with.

  11. wow americans are dumb. :[

  12. It’s always possible that he’s an agnostic or athiest that claims Christain heritage for political reasons. That’s what I’ve always assumed.

  13. This statement is not about Obama – it’s about the American public. These people vote. And they only watch FOX – that’s where they got their ‘good’ information.

  14. 1 in 6 Americans are uneducated imbeciles. I don’t believe in voting tests, but hey……

  15. 1 in 6 Americans are uneducated imbeciles. I don’t believe in voting tests, but hey……

  16. I don’t care if he has a religion. I only care if he is a compassionate human being, he is do ’nuff said!

  17. I don’t care if he has a religion. I only care if he is a compassionate human being, he is do ’nuff said!

  18. Romney shamelessly sidesteps the issue everytime, instead of just serving the correct fact to his constituents.

  19. it doesnt matter what religion he is…he is slave of israel and thats enough for me to decide what kinda man he is…

  20. I don’t care what religion he is. He’s a horrible president either way.

  21. I can not believe you all are still stuck on this stupid subject…who cares??? There are more important things to worry about than someones religion…for real people need to get the hell over that

  22. This is truly sad. It’s hard to believe that there are so many stupid people in the country.

  23. 1 in 300,000 million don’t give a shit about his religion, nationality or gender. that 1 only cares about the official acceptance of torture, killing US citizens without trial or over-sight, and bombing the shite out of children and families, and starving the rest. I’m totally pissed with the accumulation of wealth by a few and the abject pvoerty of the masses. and this stupidity of “austerity” is just to put more money in the pockets of the disgustingly wealthy. (is there a term for being so rich you and your kin could not use it in a hundred million years?? oh, yeah, capitalist.)

  24. 1 in 300,000 million don’t give a shit about his religion, nationality or gender. that 1 only cares about the official acceptance of torture, killing US citizens without trial or over-sight, and bombing the shite out of children and families, and starving the rest. I’m totally pissed with the accumulation of wealth by a few and the abject pvoerty of the masses. and this stupidity of “austerity” is just to put more money in the pockets of the disgustingly wealthy. (is there a term for being so rich you and your kin could not use it in a hundred million years?? oh, yeah, capitalist.)

  25. 1 in 300,000 million don’t give a shit about his religion, nationality or gender. that 1 only cares about the official acceptance of torture, killing US citizens without trial or over-sight, and bombing the shite out of children and families, and starving the rest. I’m totally pissed with the accumulation of wealth by a few and the abject pvoerty of the masses. and this stupidity of “austerity” is just to put more money in the pockets of the disgustingly wealthy. (is there a term for being so rich you and your kin could not use it in a hundred million years?? oh, yeah, capitalist.)

  26. it is absurd that so many people think this matters.

  27. Americans are ignorant. I heard one yelling today of how the gay marriage issue was a personal issue and should not have been brought out by the President. How many politicians use their personal opinions as political footballs when it comes to another person’s rights? It is OK for a politician to try to bar women from getting their birth control prescriptions covered if they work for a religious organisation or to say how they are personally against abortion and base foreign & domestic policy on that. Yet, if the President speaks out for Muslims or gays, suddenly he is a threat?

  28. I’ll bet that at least half of that 16% know he’s not Muslim but chose that answer anyway, just to muck things up, like good little Faux News sheep.

  29. I just don’t know why anyone cares what religion the president is. He could announce that he adhered to any or no religion and it just would not matter. As long as he is not letting religion to excuse bigoted policies, I’m happy (see Mitt Romney, where I am uncomfortable about his Mormonism). Great leaders come in all stripes.

  30. I just don’t know why anyone cares what religion the president is. He could announce that he adhered to any or no religion and it just would not matter. As long as he is not letting religion to excuse bigoted policies, I’m happy (see Mitt Romney, where I am uncomfortable about his Mormonism). Great leaders come in all stripes.

  31. It’s amazing how stupid people can be; and the rest of the world laughs at us.

  32. @Laura. Yes!! The majority of Americans are very stupid. Who cares what faith he follows. It’s no ones business. People and the government need to stick to American business. Not be a bully to the rest of the world. Most things are not up to the president. It’s up to congress and such. I live in America all my life. And this is a very stupid, lazy, fat, and very nosy country!! It always has been. Obama is not the bad guy. He is trying to clean up what asshole Bush did.

  33. H.L. Mencken had it right: “The Great American Boobocracy.”

  34. Idiot population

  35. I dont think most white americans understand that most black christians are protestants. I think they group it under its own scary black church label

  36. America is always ready and willing to start war. That’s sad and pathetic! America is pathetic. Not every American. But the majority should be shipped to l

  37. They should be shipped off to an island with electric fencing so they can’t breed and spread hate and be nosy about anything.

  38. Totally stupid to make up your own reality and ignore what is obvious. On the other hand what if he was? There is no rule that the President has to be Christian. Although he is.

  39. clearly obama isn’t a muslim.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18023590

    “Obama: “Same sex couples should be able to get married””

  40. Well clearly his religious beliefs are not up to par if he believes in gay marriage. He should stick to civil unions if he wants any credibility among most protestants. Of course, I realize there are some denominations that seem to believe in gay marriage but it is not based upon anything in the bible and it has torn their congregations apart. I personally support Civil Unions as living in a secular society I do not believe the government or religious persons should be able to keep people apart. But Marriage is a union of a man and woman under the auspices of god. His declaration gained him a lot of votes but, I believe, lost him more votes. Personally I do not like either candidate and believe that America will suffer, again, during the next presidential term due to lack of good leadership. As to what Obama believes, I think he simply attended church because if he wanted to be elected to any office church attendance is a plus.

  41. Yes, what is wrong with a civil union that has all the rights of marriage? Every time they use the word marriage millions of Christians stand up and howl.

  42. anon,

    seriously? so u r fine with gay marriage, a long as you don’t call it marriage. that’s hilarious.

    “what is wrong with a civil union that has all the rights of marriage” nothing but then what’s teh dif? if it walks like a duck….a rose by anyother name is still a rose.

    so it’s all a marketing gimmick? lol.

    ccc,

    “I personally support Civil Unions as living in a secular society I do not believe the government or religious persons should be able to keep people apart.” so u r in favor of incest or pologamy or polyandry? how about the whole marrying a 10 year old?

    “Marriage is a union of a man and woman under the auspices of god.” don’t americans get marryied all the time in civil ceremonies without the “auspices of god”?

    again? seriously it all comes down to name games??????????????? that’s just silly.

    but i agree with you on obama’s reasoning for attending church. it is too bad that the “religious” right still has influence. even worst that a logical reasoning atheist would never be elected. religious people are perhaps the most prejudiced people in the world. funny isn’t it?

  43. They want civil unions or marriage because of the rights such a partner has. I had a relative out of town in a dire medical emergency, the hospital would not talk to his long time gf or ex wife, his 16 yr old son had to handle everything.

  44. anon,

    ????????????? what?????????????

    “They want civil unions or marriage because of the rights such a partner has.” i understand. the question is what is the difference on calling it a civil union or marriage? call it anything you want. but if you have the same rights, then it is the same thing. despite the title you put to it.

  45. I want them to quit calling it marriage because of the uproar and reaction that word is causing among the Christians.

  46. well that makes the christians the problem. or even worse makes them a bunch of morons for accepting something they are against just because of a name change? what’s that called? putting lipstick on a pig?

  47. Mike, I do not favor the marriage of children or people haveing more than one wife or husband. I do not support incest. However, If society gets to the point that it wants to tolerate such unions I guess I will tolerate it, though I do not think any such unions should take place within a church. Civil Unions take place in a civil setting and no pastor has to compromise their religious beliefs to perform the ceremony. I would never support incest relationships or any such unions either in a secular or non secular platform. A marriage needs to reflect the values within the religious community, while a civil union can reflect the values of a nation or even a small minority of that nation.

    Mike, labels do make a difference and where ceremonies take place also make a difference. I would never approve of two men marrying, and if they did it in my church I would try to get the pastor removed or leave the church. If the pastor was also the justice of the peace and he joined the two men in a civil ceremony off church property then I would say nothing as he would have a civil obligation to perform his duties.

  48. ccc,

    i think you are conflagerating your labels? people get married in civil ceremonies all the time. i’m pretty sure a marriage would technically be a civil contract. it can be a religiously accepted union as well. but if people get married by there “priest” buddy in their basment/church and never file for a marriage liscence with the state, they maybe married in the eyes of “”their god”, but they are not married. then of course i think california has “common law marriage”. another can of worms.

    anyways have you ever seen the movie “living with father” or “life with father?”

  49. Wow, Americans are stupid and easily hoaxed. So too was the author of this article. There are video interviews with Obama’s pastor where he clearly states that he worked to help Obama view his Muslum faith through a Christian perspective (whatever that means). There are also video interviews going back prior to his presidency where he himself states he is a Muslum. You can probably find these on YouTube… ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMUgNg7aD8M&feature=youtube_gdata_player ) ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7O9E4HmtrA&feature=youtube_gdata_player ) And then there is that school registration form when he attended school in Indonesia where the part about religion is filled in to say, Muslum.

    I wouldn’t go so far to say that he is a good Muslum, or that he is a good Christian, in fact it is challenging to say he ever has done anything ‘good’. He is a man that can only be considered to be much of anything in a bland, average way. He isn’t a good black man being half white, nor would that make him a good white man. He isn’t a good president, in point of fact he is possibly one of the very worst in history… In line with Lincoln and Roosevelt the second. He isn’t a good author as he didn’t write the book he had published. And that book can’t be considered much good as it is mostly fiction, not an autobiography as most people think. Perhaps I am not giving credit where credit is due, because he’s one damned good lier!

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