August 27th, 2010
09:29 AM ET
13 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. Ric

    NOO!!! You dont say!!??

    What a shocker !! I never would have thought...

    LOL yeah right. Barry is a Muslim sympathizer and wants to help them take over the US, just as they have taken over Europe.

    August 27, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    No surprise here about Mormons low ratings for President Obama and yours too.

    August 27, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. Shawn-GA

    Considering the very fist interviews he did as President was with Dubai-based station Al Arabiya and was NOT for ABC, NBC, CBS, all.

    We knew from day one with what people his heart lives.

    August 27, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. gt

    no surprise here.... muslims approve.. gee what breaking vews....not..

    August 27, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. mother and sister of soldiers

    Of course they do! His actions at the Islamic prayer day held in Washington after discontinuing the national day of prayer, $6 million american tax dollars to be spent overseas restoring mosques worldwide, bowing to the muslim kings and our tax dollars paying for the Iman to travel to the middle east. I'd say they love him, This is a president who is highly unqualified to lead a nation.....he continues to be the community organizer working in his "one global government" agenda as supported by the powerful organizations such as the TriLaterals and Bildebergers. Pray to a christian god he is a lame duck come november.

    August 27, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. HD 100% ETH

    Who cares. The World is already on its LAST-FOOT!!!

    August 27, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Nice to see his approval rating is still high among rational people who don't believe some invisible sky fairy created the universe 6,000 years ago. Despite what the revisionists will tell you, this country was not founded as a Christian nation. The founding fathers were children of the enlightenment. You guys do know what that was, don't you? Or did the State of Texas edit that out of the history books too? Read what our forefathers actually wrote about organized religion. They were not kind. Have a nice day!

    August 27, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. bertina

    Shows why polls are skewed. Apparently the polls keep calling the same mormons over and over.

    August 27, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Religion has nothing to do with the performance of the US President.

    What matters is how effective he has been in doing what he needs to do for the country, and its citizens, and in that charge, he is failing miserably.

    August 27, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. D Hays

    A curious question about our President and his religious affilation. My understanding that when he was younger he renouced being a Muslim or the Muslim religion and took up Christianity. It is my understanding that in the Muslim religious world this is the biggest crime against their religion that there is. What I have heard that the penalty for this is even death. Is this true?

    August 27, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I think your giving Obama to much credit to Obama on the Christian side and what about the Mexican approval the truth is Obama gets an F on public relations all the way around .

    August 27, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Fourth

    I bet some people will read into the high approval rating of Muslims and think that Obama is either secretly a Muslim himself, getting handouts from Muslims, or is in some way a bad president because of this.

    August 27, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. jim

    No surprise here.Birds of a feather flock together.

    August 27, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Von Bismark-Vienna

    Yes! SO WHAT?

    August 27, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Wil in the VA.

    PEOPLE POLLS LIE wake up this is just trying to keep the BS going that Obama is a muslim. Wake up folks before it's to late GOD IS LOVE plain and simple.

    August 27, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. Ancient Texan

    Absolutley no surprise here. Would have been surprised if that were not the case!

    August 27, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. Dennis

    Well, I for one am shocked. Who would have thought that the Muslims like Obama?

    August 27, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. Chad from Tampa

    Shocker! Never would have guessed that! LOL!

    August 27, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. Paula

    Of course Mormons don't like him..they want Mitt Romney in there to really screw things up.. I am from Canada and most of us love the President.. keep up the steller work Mr. Obama!!

    August 27, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. AZ Voter

    Hey Russell Pierce, the author of our 1070 law is a Mormon. What a coincidence that they don't like black people as much as they don't like brown ones. I am safe though ... I am beige.

    August 27, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. PJ States

    ...that's because the Muslims recognize one of their own.

    August 27, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. Big George in Big D

    And they wonder why a large majority of people think he is Muslim! He was raised Muslim. Just because he sat in a radical church pew for 20 years doesn't change the fact that he was born and raised Muslim!

    August 27, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. Julia- Idaho Native American

    Yep, Obama supports women's right, fair pay, equal rights for women, Oh I forgot a Mormon woman only goes to heaven because of the "good works of her Husband, so that's the reason for the Mormons non support any Mormon enlightened women in the poll

    August 27, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. Jerry

    If muslims are your biggest supporter, you know you are in trouble!

    August 27, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. Duck Fallas

    Geez, Mormons hate everybody. I wish they would put out more preachy commercials so I would know who to hate myself.

    August 27, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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