Barack Obama's Muslim Perception Problem

Barack Obama's Muslim Perception Problem

08-19-2010
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The following headline is not something President Obama and The White House want to read:

"Growing Number of Americans Say Obama is a Muslim"

Unfortunately for The White House that headline comes from a new report by the RESPECTED Pew Research Center.

Read more from their report below:

A substantial and growing number of Americans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim, while the proportion saying he is a Christian has declined. More than a year and a half into his presidency, a plurality of the public says they do not know what religion Obama follows.



A new national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) now say Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009. Only about one-third of adults (34%) say Obama is a Christian, down sharply from 48% in 2009. Fully 43% say they do not know what Obama’s religion is. The survey was completed in early August, before Obama’s recent comments about the proposed construction of a mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center.



The view that Obama is a Muslim is more widespread among his political opponents than among his backers. Roughly a third of conservative Republicans (34%) say Obama is a Muslim, as do 30% of those who disapprove of Obama’s job performance. But even among many of his supporters and allies, less than half now say Obama is a Christian. Among Democrats, for instance, 46% say Obama is a Christian, down from 55% in March 2009.



The belief that Obama is a Muslim has increased most sharply among Republicans (up 14 points since 2009), especially conservative Republicans (up 16 points). But the number of independents who say Obama is a Muslim has also increased significantly (up eight points). There has been little change in the number of Democrats who say Obama is a Muslim, but fewer Democrats today say he is a Christian (down nine points since 2009).



When asked how they learned about Obama’s religion in an open-ended question, 60% of those who say Obama is a Muslim cite the media. Among specific media sources, television (at 16%) is mentioned most frequently. About one-in-ten (11%) of those who say Obama is a Muslim say they learned of this through Obama’s own words and behavior.

More here.

By the way, the news gets worse for The White House. Even though this poll was released today, it was actually conducted BEFORE President Obama made his comments about the Ground Zero mosque.

Folks, the Muslim issue just won’t go away. The White House may want to put their head in the sand about this issue but it won’t go away. In fact, it keeps getting worse for them. I wonder what the next poll numbers will show on this topic ever since President Obama came out in support of the right to build the mosque.

Can I get an oy-vey?

This has now risen to the oy-gevalt level.

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