August 19th, 2010
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Poll: One-third of Americans say Obama is Christian

 Only about one-third of Americans can correctly identify President Obama’s religion, according to a new poll.
Only about one-third of Americans can correctly identify President Obama’s religion, according to a new poll.

(CNN) - A substantial and growing chunk of the country believes that President Obama, a self-described Christian, is Muslim, while only about a third of Americans are able to correctly identify his religion, according to a survey released Thursday.

Nearly one in five Americans believe Obama is a Muslim, up from around one in 10 Americans who said he was Muslim last year, according to the survey, conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

While most of those who think Obama is Muslim are Republicans, the number of independents who believe he is Muslim has expanded significantly, from 10 percent last year to 18 percent now.

The number of Americans who express uncertainly about the president's religion, meanwhile, is much larger and has also grown, including among Obama's political base. For instance, fewer than half of Democrats and African-Americans now say that Obama is Christian.

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  1. Kathy

    The GOP rant against him being in the congregation of Rev. Wright, and then say he is Muslim. Only idiots would believe what comes out fo their mouths!!!!

    August 19, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. zebra

    he is a muslim through and through destroying America from the inside

    August 19, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. Joyce in South Carolina

    This is unbelievable!!!!!!

    I had a very lengthy discussion with a neighbor about this. There was no way that I could convince her otherwise. She was adamant that he was a Muslim.

    Just goes to show me that America is full of bigots!!!!!

    I do not understand why people can't be more tolerant.

    I think we can blame the "Faux News" for this.

    August 19, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  4. John D

    What a piece of crap this article is as well as the people and place where it is written. 1/3 of the people correctly see OBOZO as christian! He's a MUSLIM you MORONS!

    August 19, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. Dave

    Who really cares? There are people out there who think the earth is flat, that Elvis is still alive, and that our moon landings were staged. When it comes right down to it, you can't cure stupid.

    August 19, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  6. Ben Ben

    America is no christian nation. Jesus said to love God, love our fellow man and then go forth and teach others about Him. But what do we do? We harbor racial bigotry, try to chase away those who come here seeking a better life, harrass gay people, help the rich and ignore the poor. America is far from being a Christian nation.

    August 19, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  7. jason

    It may as well say "Nearly 1 in 5 Americans are complete ignoramuses, up from 1 in 10 last year."
    It also should have a disclaimer that 99 out of 100 of them are tobacco-chewing, shotgun-toting, "I voted for Bush for the $300 check he bought my vote with", red-state morons.
    Anyone who thinks the President is Muslim is either a complete lune, or a Fox News propaganda spreader.

    August 19, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  8. JameyC

    Yeah, I guess he is a Muslim who went to a Christian church for the last 20 years. Seriously – How stupid can people be? These are the same people who blast him for being associated with a goofball minister of a Christian Church- they seem to want it both ways.

    August 19, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  9. John

    Why does it matter? What's important id that he is doing everything possible to fix the pot holes on main street, while the other party is doing everything it can to re-pave wall street with gold.

    August 19, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  10. Gordon Shumway

    The big question then is whether the 20% who believe he is a muslim are correct or the 80% who believe he's a Rev Wright Christian are correct.

    Guess it all depends on which facade looks most like him, because the real Obama has yet to show his face.

    August 19, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  11. Keith Sillsbury

    Come on, really,I would prefer if he was atheist or at least a viable religion. Christian and muslim are the worst two out there. If I were either I'd never admit it. Any way it has nothing to do with being a good leader. Just look, he's a great president and bush is a heavey christian and he was the worst, but that maybe because he's a texan.

    August 19, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  12. April in Denver

    This stupid – we don"t get a vote on somebody else's religion. What's the matter with these people? The Repubs have apparently done a good sales job, and what they're selling is fear & lies.

    August 19, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  13. cm

    "Nearly one in five Americans believe Obama is a Muslim..." That just confirm that one in five Americans are stupid.

    August 19, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  14. annie s

    Frankly, his religion should not have a single thing to do with anything. His ethics are what matter to me, and so far, they seem impeccable.

    August 19, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  15. kate

    I think this President is a Christian. He lives it by the way he cares for people. He doesn't have to shout if from the rooftops. Beware of the person that does!! GW maybe claimed to be, but remember he is responsible for all the war dead..Iraqi or Americans by choosing to go to a war that probably wasn't necessary. So some could question his Christianity on that alone. Does this show the world what a true Christian is? This President has shown more Christian qualities and a good moral family than we have seen for a long time. It saddens me that in this country we have equated only the republican are Christian. How sad!

    August 19, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  16. Buster Bloodvessel

    Nonsense, these same people can turn right around and criticize old Rev Wright chapter and verse. They know very well he's a Christian Fundamentalist, same as they are. They just hate him for being black.

    August 19, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  17. T'SAH from Virginia

    At this point, I don't care what the Independents think and I used to CARE!!! They go back and forth and whatever sounds good or bad at the time, and whichever way the wind blows, they are for or against it!! I expect the RepubliCAN'Ts to believe President Obama is a Muslim because they started the HATE in the first place – just like the BIRTHERS!!!

    There is so much HATE in America that it's pathetic. There is hate against African Americans, Mexicans, Gays, and now Muslims. Any race that is non-WHITE or ‘different’ from what these folks believe is CHRISTIAN or far-RIGHT, are going to have a problems. Certain WHITES feel they are losing control of USA!! It’s really NOT about the Economy or Jobs, it’s about RACE and it shows every day!!

    So what if he WAS a Muslim – does that make him a TERRORIST!!! In many WHITE eyes, it does and that is just PURE HATE and non-Christian – and then they go to Church every Sunday and PRAY!!! Jesus help us!!!

    August 19, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  18. michael

    Did 2/3 of americans not finish 8th grade? How hard is this. I am beginning to think i live in the dumbest country on earth.

    August 19, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  19. MC

    What the article doesn't say is the secret service pick the locations based on their ability to protect the president. Interesting how this fact was not added.

    August 19, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  20. hal

    I don't think he really has any kind of religion. If he did- he would be going to church more often ......

    August 19, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  21. Susan in Arkansas

    To learn that 20% of those surveyed believe President Obama is a Muslim is not at all mysterious. All one has to do is read some of the comments on CNN's website to understand the level of illiteracy that abounds in this country...poor spelling, poor grammer, inability to write a coherent sentence, etc. I shudder to think that our country may be run some day by the ignorant and foolish (again!).

    August 19, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  22. Jon in Rochester NY

    The same people that think that he is a Muslim have no problem connecting him to Jeremiah Wright ( a Christian minister) !!!

    August 19, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  23. bill

    i am sooo sick and tired of this crap about president being mouslem.come on cnn and rest of media.PUT THIS DEAD HORSE TO BED.YOU GOT THE BULLYPULPIT USE IT.

    August 19, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  24. w l jones

    Whether we are Jews, Christain or Muslim we are all Sumers belivers. Bless.

    August 19, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. Grog in Ohio

    Score +1 for the right wing noise machine.

    August 19, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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