One in five Americans believe President Barack Obama is a Muslim

August 19, 2010


There’s just no convincing some people.

Nearly one in five people —18% — wrongly believe 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 polled— 43% — 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 nonpartisan 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 by 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 among Republicans and indepdents.  Roughly a third of conservative Republicans — 34% — say Obama is a Muslim.. And 18% of independents think he’s Muslim—up 10% from last year.

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2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Mike says:

    I have a video of Obama proclaiming that he is a proud Muslim, as was his father. Don’t you folks do any research?

  • Steve Kines says:

    How do YOU know whether Obama is or is not a Muslim? Is that not something only he knows in his heart? To say that 20% of people “wrongly” believe something would mean that you can prove them wrong; and you cannot do that in matters of faith. Obama’s religious beliefs would more likely be shown in his life and his values/principles; I think it’s clear that he believes in big government control, socialistic economic policies and being soft on terrorism. I’m not sure what religion that would fall under, but at this point, it might not matter.

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