August 27th, 2010
09:29 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Muslims have highest Obama approval; Mormons lowest

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="A newly released poll shows Muslims have the highest approval rating of President Obama."](CNN) - President Barack Obama gets his highest approval rating among religious groups from Muslims and his lowest from Mormons, according to a newly released national poll.

A Gallup survey indicates that in the first half of this year, 78 percent of Muslims approved of the job the president's doing in the White House, while just 24 percent of Mormons give Obama a thumbs up. According to the poll, the president's approval rating among Protestants and other Christians was 43 percent, it stood at 50 percent for Catholics, 61 percent among Jews, 63 percent for Atheists, Agnostics and those with no religion, and 64 percent for those from other non-Christian religions. The president's approval among all Americans stood at 48 percent.

The survey indicates that Obama has lost 15 points on his overall approval rating from the first half of 2009 to the first half of this year, and that he has lost slightly more ground than average among Mormons and has receded the least among Muslims.

"The differences in Obama's approval ratings across the religious groups included in this analysis have held fairly constant across time, even as Obama's overall rating has fallen by 15 points between the first half of 2009 and the first seven months of this year," says a release by Gallup.

American Muslims have been in the headlines over the past few weeks, thanks to the controversy over a proposal to build an Islamic center, that would include a mosque, near ground zero in New York City. The president has spoken out in support of the legal rights for the Islamic center to be built. But the polling in this survey was conducted before the controversy made national headlines.

The findings of the Gallup poll are based on interviews with more than 275,00 adult Americans conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking from Jan. 21, 2009, through July 31, 2010. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus one percentage point.

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. mikey

    Have you ever thought of what kind of world we would have if there were no religions and we all just loved God as He or HE is and in turn just loved one another completely as He would like, with no hope of getting anything in return. After all that"s really all HE or SHE wants of us here on Earth. Sounds easy doesnt it? Trust me its not, its probably the hardest thing we will ever asked to our lifetime However our religions make it a hell of a lot harder to accomplish. Imagine the instant peace in the world if there were no religions to fight over. God never said we needed religions to be in touch with HIM or HER all we have to do is open our hearts and have love and compassion for ALL of humanity..LETS BAN RELIGIONS!

    August 27, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. More change in November (but good change)

    Not surprising that Obama's numbers have dropped. His policies are killing any possible economic recovery. He has also strived to take away freedoms in the name of more government regulations, taxes and policies.

    I'm just surprised that his numbers aren't lower. The man is either a fool or an ideologue that cares more about forcing his agenda through than actually helping the American people. I think he's a bit of both.

    August 27, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. ronalde

    what the republicans fail to realize is that muslims do vote.

    August 27, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. The reality is...

    Anyone surprised???

    August 27, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. jon

    It is a no-brainer because obama is one of them.

    August 27, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Marie MD

    And this is news because? I am sure CNN doesn't want to inflame the mosque fiasco.
    This is the reason why mitts will NEVER become president. His religion is too far out there. He can't say he is not mormon.

    August 27, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Discernment


    In general, the mormons view African-Americans of 'any religious faith', as one or more of the following:

    (a.) – children of satan;
    (b.) – second class citizens, better suited to be treated as property;
    (c.) – cursed by GOD and to be shunned as though they have leprosy;
    (d.) – savages to be cultured in the mormon beliefs.

    Do your homework and you will know this is what most mormons truly believe.

    August 27, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. kmp

    Well duhhhh Mormons at least most Mormons are a bunch of sheep and will blindly followe what ever the Church tells them too. Nevermind that here in Utah it is one of the most conservative of states.

    August 27, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. jpmichigan

    Picture of the president has been built by his actions. His first interview was with an Arab television network, his first major speech was an address to the Muslim world in Cairo. He had paid more attention the Muslim world that to the needs of all Americans. So no one should be surprised!

    August 27, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Paul from Phoenix

    With the way he has treated Israel, I am surprised his approval from Jewish people is so high.

    August 27, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. doug

    In a city where they just walk over people dying in the street, where a man dying had hundreds of people walk by him for over an hour before anyone tried to help him(he was dead by then), has political commericals where they lead off with the only thing that matters to the moral-less, hate-filled majority, DEMOCRAT!!!!

    Could be DEMOCRAT Osama Bin Laden for attorney general, if the libs see the name Democrat they vote for the person, nothing else matters to them.

    Thank god not a single person on the right is like this, not one in all of America.

    August 27, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. watching

    Yes.....keep fanning the flames that divide us CNN maybe it will boost your ratings.

    August 27, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. NVa Native

    Funny how these two are the religions who at one time (and for some stili do) believe in muliple wives?
    It's good we have a strong SEPERATION OF CHURCH AND STATE which means freedom of religion or else neither of these (or any other) "minority religions" would be able to express their opinions!

    August 27, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. blue

    President Obama is a good christian man. When the GOP has nothing, they go to the crazy people and they believe anything that they are fed. I think the Rev. Graham is way off the mark. He knows that President Obama is a christian. He doesn't just need to take him at his word. He has the facts. He must be an embarrassment to his father, the Rev. Billy Graham.

    August 27, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. John N.C.

    What does that tell you, folks?

    August 27, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. jules sand-perkins

    Whom did you expect?

    August 27, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Brady

    Muslims, Atheists, and Agnostics are understandable since those are his people. The Atheists and Agnostics are the elite highly educated people who are too smart for god that Obama has long held in high esteem and of course his father was a Muslim. The Jews is tricky one since Obama undermines Israel at every turn, There are so many non practicing Jews it raises the percentage but if you have any knowledge of the old testament or torah you know the Jews were constantly being corrected for drifting from the law.

    August 27, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. ddt

    Here we go again with CNN polling muslims to prove that Obama is a muslim. It started with the so called John King now the entire organisation is standing with him. It's sad that the News organisation that calls it'self fair and balance has turned out to be a disgrace. Shame on you CNN you are provoking all this nonsense Muslimania against Obama. I can't find a difference between you and FIX NEWS

    August 27, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. NH Independent

    No big shock here................

    August 27, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Dean

    I am an athiest and I give this tool a zero.

    August 27, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |

    I am eating a turkey sandwich for lunch today. Is that newsworthy?

    America is full of hypocrites. There is freedom of religion and/or no religion. So why is religion still SO friggin important in our political system?

    AMERICA - Hypocritical much?

    August 27, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Rickster

    Sixty-one percent approval rate among Jews? Are you kidding me? Apparently the Jewish people don't really care too much about the destiny of themselves or their homeland. Conservatives are forever supporting Israel and the Jewish people against the constant assault from the democrats. Maybe we are wasting our time. If they don't care maybe we shouldn't care.

    August 27, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. caleb bell

    of course muslims will have a greater vote rating in the pole. Obama is part muslim and that has an effect. If Obama for say was irish, the irish would vote just as high.

    August 27, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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