August 19th, 2010
08:08 AM ET
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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. Alex

    This story on Foxnews.com states:

    "The survey also found there was a clear link between how people viewed the president's faith and how they viewed his political performance. Those who view Obama as Christian tended to have a very positive assessment of his job performance. Those who don't know his faith are split in their job approval ratings. And those who say the president is a Muslim give him a negative job approval rating."
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    I find it interesting that the majority of people who incorrectly think he is a Muslim are in the same group as those who think he is doing a bad job.

    Can we just categorize this group as generally ignorant and having absolutely no clue as to what is going on?

    August 19, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. NVa Native

    Fox & fiends coupled with hate radio must be very proud that so many Americans are dumbed down.
    Their efforts have paid off.
    Plus the "main-stream" media is so lazy and weak that they heal to their corporate bosses and don't combat the dis-information and lies that are spewed out by RNC and Fox. They'd rather follow right wing celebrities like Gineritch, Phailin, Huckabee, and Romney.
    The American Idiot strikes again.

    August 19, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. mary

    Stop cherry picking your numbers for the sake of a headline. Give us the entire data set please.

    August 19, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. We know the truth

    Mr Barrack Hussein Obama!!!! : )

    August 19, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. cmjt

    Christian, Muslim whatever Obama beliefs are dependent on his audience.
    He is whatever will get him votes.
    How many times has Great Communicator had to "redefine" his position because he was misunderstood?

    August 19, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. terry,va

    Obummie is more of a muslim than a christian. He was raised a muslim and then sat in the church of a radical so called pastor for 20 years than in no way that can be described as a christian.

    August 19, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. Marge

    Cheney sure wasn't he was an athetist. I do not remember and can not find one..not one...poll you corporate owned CNN posted about him not being a Christian. And boy he wasn't. With the things he did. Why in Hades is it such a big thing to try to stir up a mess over something like this. Oh I get it the corporate masters who have got tea bags under their thumb, cause they are so dumb to believe them, working against their best interest to support them, they think by getting their media to publish trash like this they can influence intelligent Americans. Wont' happen you got the dumb bells, the tea bags, the radical republicans and the religious wackos you AIN'T gonna get the real heart of American. The REAL PEOPLE.

    August 19, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. ragamuffin

    "Unable to correctly identify his religion?"

    There is nothing in the president's behavior to suggest he is a Christian and increasing evidence to suggest he is indeed a Muslim (a claim that I dismissed until recently). At the very least, Mr. Obama has switched from a radical liberal form of Christianity (remember Jeremiah Wright?) to practical agnosticism.

    August 19, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Canuck

    There seems to be a problem with lack of education in the US.

    August 19, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. BobH

    How stupid can people get?

    August 19, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Adalbert

    This statistics clearly demonstrats the ignorance of far too many Americans.

    August 19, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    What bloody difference does it make which set of silly superstitions he subscribes to? That he subscribes to any of them is enough to make me doubt his grasp on reality.

    August 19, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Lynn

    Why does it matter what his religion is? In my opinion religion is a waste of emotion, only used for devisive purposes. If a person follows the laws of the country, why going to a specific building or bowing one's head in the name of prayer, makes one any better than another.

    August 19, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. Dano

    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.

    That's because so many ex-Republicans have become Independents in the last few years!

    August 19, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Where do these pollsters find these ignorant mooks to call? Are they using Glenn Beck's e-mail list?

    August 19, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. LOST IN AMERICA

    1 in 5 think Obama is Muslim, that means 1 in 5 are morons, GOP, Birthers, or Tea Party hooligans. Take you pick, I am sick of them ALL. I would suggest leaving them take control the country, that would be like a cross-breed between Chaney and Palin together. Would that not be the greatest moment for this country? What Bush did in 8 years they could do in 2 years, that is what grizzly mommies do.

    August 19, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Dean

    Well it wasn't a Christian dinner he hosted in the White House the other day..........Or ever.

    August 19, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Richard Komi

    For the first time our president's religion is cast in doubt because the president has upset the natural order of things. How can a black man win the presidency? So everything is done to discredit him. His citizenship is questioned, his faith doubted and he is portrayed too weak on national security and the economy. People jump to conclusions without looking at facts. Even if Obama was a muslim what has his religous faith got to do with being a good president? It is Republicans that are trying to deceive the American people about a president that is bent on righting the wrongs of our society and because Republicans know that the American people are seeing the good works of Obama, they are casting doubts on his religous faith.

    August 19, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. Lib Hunter

    Imam Obama Hamasque Hussein sees Allah from his window

    August 19, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Dave

    No doubt in my mind! He IS a muslim

    August 19, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. vic

    One – third have commonsense

    August 19, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. JES

    He might be but he isn't a leader.

    Next time you go on vacation can I have the money we the tax payers shelled out so I can go on one too.

    August 19, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Jeff in Houston

    I hope this does not mean he will completely lose his mind like so many other so-called Christians. I am old enough to remember when calling someone a Christian was a high compliment, not a badge of hate, exclusion, narrow-mindedness, and ignorance.

    I still know a few old-fashioned Christians. I honor and respect them. I learn alot from them. They do seem, however, to spend alot of their time shaking their heads over what has happened to their community.

    August 19, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Joe

    You can take the man or a woman out of religion, but you can't take religion out of a man or a woman. If Obama is half Muslim, he is still Muslim, or half christian , he is still christian. I heard a lot a statement such, I am a Muslim but I didn't practice it, that's a wash out as a statement, usually it means I am a Muslim but I am afraid to admitted. Obama is Muslim from his father side, and Christian from his mother side. Next time around we need transparency from our elected officials before they make it to the White House not after.

    August 19, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. Julia- Idaho Native American

    I trust our President and I do believe he is a Christian. President Obama certainly follows the teachings of Christ, feed the hungry, care for the sick, help the homeless, how many of the right wing born again nut cases Praise the Lord and Hallelujah on Sunday and to hell with the poor, hungry and sick the rest of the week. Hmmm Sounds like the Good ole' USA. fundamentalist extremism, a danger to Democracy and true Christianity

    August 19, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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