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. Effelbee

    No wonder here, though the survey is itself ridiculously divisive. Mormons did not acknowledge the equality of black people in their religion until well after the civil righst movement, both in the "here and now" and the afterlife.

    August 27, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. don

    Do you mean the Beckonite sect of the LDS rr the Romney sect.?

    August 27, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Those are high approval numbers across the spectrum. I can care less about what the polygamists mormons think. I'm sure they all support Romney. Anyway, Muslims support the President for extending a hand to the Muslim community. His speech in Cairo clearly was a bridge builder and focused on ways to move forward.

    August 27, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Jason From Jersey

    How can only 48% of Americans think Obama is doing a good job? I would think this number would be at least a solid 60%

    August 27, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. obamacrat

    fire meet fuel...thanks CNN for continuing to stir the pot

    August 27, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. HD 100% ETH

    Althoug, religions can not create itself, a never heard of, a never thought, and the one beyond human imagination PLANET EARTH FINAL TRAGEDY AND DISAPPEARANCE COMING VERY-SOON.

    ...Forget it!, the human and any creatures that we knew disappeares soon. It is others...turn now.
    When honourable DEATH comes, we don't see front runners. Every-one hides to be behind. But, when PRESIDENTIAL and other ELECTION comes, we do see much compititions to be a front runner.


    August 27, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Observer

    So...............? Is this meant to stoke some reaction. Sad Sad... what other demographics were polled here? Christians, Jews, athiests, Budhists, Hindus in comparison perhaps?. Lazy foolish journalism CNN. Its a pity that this was allowed to be posted. You have a responsibility as journalists to present a balance picture. The news Editor of this section should adhere to standards. Shame on you!!!!!!!!!!!11

    August 27, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Fox viewer

    Well look at the connection !

    August 27, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Paul

    "...rating among Protestants and other Christians was 43 percent, it stood at 50 percent for Catholics"

    So, wait, Catholics aren't Christians? I'm sure that'll be news to them...

    August 27, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Old Farmboy

    This is a prime example of stating the obvious.

    August 27, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Religious Freedom For All!

    Obama Rocks!

    August 27, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Lisa P

    Too bad they didn't break out the various Protestant sects - I'll bet there is quite a range hidden behind that 43% average. All the Quakers I know just love the guy.

    August 27, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Meg from Iowa

    This doesn't surprise me at all. Mormons tend to dislike anyone different from them...just look at Glenn Beck!

    August 27, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. bernice

    Who cares what the mormons think?? Go back to bed & make more babies

    August 27, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. MikeH

    Mormons consider Obama an "Outcast Son of Ham". AKA Mormons are racist by the definition of their religion.

    Aside from that, does someone at CNN still wants to keep the Obama Muslim thingy still going? Whatsamatter, did Sister Palin get stung by Trumka so bad that CNN wants to divert attention?

    August 27, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Ben in Texas

    So, what was the cutoff date for the "religious" groups polled? Mormonism is a 19th century cult. Did they deliberately not include other, more recent cults, like the Branch Davidians? I want to know how Obama polled among Hari Krishnas, while you're at it. Include one fringe group, include them all!

    August 27, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Bobf2010

    I'm an active, dedicated Mormon and I give President Obama a 100% rating. I think he's the greatest president in at least a century.

    August 27, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Me

    Who cares!?!
    The politial ticker has become nothing but Polls and Palin ALL THE TIME!! And then you turn around and put 'This Day on the Ticker' which isn't even NEWS (the root word of news is NEW)
    And then the articles that are worth commenting on...ARE CLOSED FOR COMMENTING at 5 comments...
    After that, your journalism is craptastic, craptacular crapy crap.

    August 27, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Corey, Maryland

    Well its not like the Mormons even matter, everyone knows they are crazy white racists. Should just completely get rid of all of them and it would make the world a better place!

    August 27, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Jerry - Florida

    Of course! What else did we expect? They have to support their own. What else is new. This will continue to happen as long as our so called president starts to believe and be proud of America.

    As we all now, there is a FAT CHANCE of that ever happening.

    God bless and protect America.

    August 27, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. rs

    Hmmm. Isn't Glen Beck a Mormon..... nah, THAT couldn't be it.

    August 27, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. redneck

    What can we say ; Obama is the worlds most famous "non-muslim " muslim! Soon the muslims will be able to claim a second victory against the infidels at ground zero with Obamas blessing !

    August 27, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Fair is Fair

    This is a shocker... a shocker, I tell you.

    Your community called, Obama. It needs to be organized.

    August 27, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Joyce in South Carolina

    Just confirms my thoughts.........."A lot of Christians are bigots!!!!"

    Christians should take a lesson in tolerance!!!!!

    August 27, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. jimjim

    who cares about mormons.......MANY, and I say Many are not strict followers (i.e. drink, swear, pre-marital sex, caffeine, etc.).........and to boot, Glenn Beck is their "All-Mighty".......bunch of sheep who give 10% of their income to the "Church of Polygamists"

    Go to Utah and visit the mormons on a Sunday and you will see first hand, everything is closed.......

    August 27, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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