BYÂ ALIYAH SHAHID, NY Daily News
There’s just no convincing some people.
Nearly one in five people â€”18% â€” wrongly believeÂ President Barack Obama is a Muslim, according to a poll released on Thursday.
The number is up from the 11% who thought Obama was a Muslim in March 2009. The percentage who correctly believe the president is Christian is down to 34%.
The largest share of those polledâ€” 43% â€” said they weren’t sure what the president’s religion is, up from the 34% who said they didn’t know early last year.
Americans were surveyed by the nonpartisanÂ Pew Research Center before the firestorm erupted over whether Muslims should be allowed to build a mosque near Ground Zero. The president recently said he believes Muslims should have the right to build the Islamic center.
In a separate poll, conducted byÂ Time magazine/ABT SRBI, after the president’s remarks about the mosque, 24% of those polled said Obama is a Muslim, 47% said they think he’s a Christian and 24% had no idea or declined to answer.
Pew analysts said the latest statistics are likely due to attacks by his political adversaries
The view that Obama is a Muslim is more widespread amongÂ Republicans and indepdents.Â Roughly a third of conservative Republicans â€” 34% â€” say Obama is a Muslim.. And 18% of independents think he’s Muslimâ€”up 10% from last year.
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