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Barack Obama's Muslim Perception Problem

The following headline is not something President Obama and The White House want to read:

"Growing Number of Americans Say Obama is a Muslim"

Unfortunately for The White House that headline comes from a new report by the RESPECTED Pew Research Center.

Read more from their report below:

A substantial and growing number of Americans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim, while the proportion saying he is a Christian has declined. More than a year and a half into his presidency, a plurality of the public says they do not know what religion Obama follows.

A new national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) now say Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009. Only about one-third of adults (34%) say Obama is a Christian, down sharply from 48% in 2009. Fully 43% say they do not know what Obama’s religion is. The survey was completed in early August, before Obama’s recent comments about the proposed construction of a mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center.

The view that Obama is a Muslim is more widespread among his political opponents than among his backers. Roughly a third of conservative Republicans (34%) say Obama is a Muslim, as do 30% of those who disapprove of Obama’s job performance. But even among many of his supporters and allies, less than half now say Obama is a Christian. Among Democrats, for instance, 46% say Obama is a Christian, down from 55% in March 2009.

The belief that Obama is a Muslim has increased most sharply among Republicans (up 14 points since 2009), especially conservative Republicans (up 16 points). But the number of independents who say Obama is a Muslim has also increased significantly (up eight points). There has been little change in the number of Democrats who say Obama is a Muslim, but fewer Democrats today say he is a Christian (down nine points since 2009).

When asked how they learned about Obama’s religion in an open-ended question, 60% of those who say Obama is a Muslim cite the media. Among specific media sources, television (at 16%) is mentioned most frequently. About one-in-ten (11%) of those who say Obama is a Muslim say they learned of this through Obama’s own words and behavior.

More here.

By the way, the news gets worse for The White House. Even though this poll was released today, it was actually conducted BEFORE President Obama made his comments about the Ground Zero mosque.

Folks, the Muslim issue just won’t go away. The White House may want to put their head in the sand about this issue but it won’t go away. In fact, it keeps getting worse for them. I wonder what the next poll numbers will show on this topic ever since President Obama came out in support of the right to build the mosque.

Can I get an oy-vey?

This has now risen to the oy-gevalt level.

Print     Email to a Friend    posted on Thursday, August 19, 2010 12:40 AM

Comments on this post

# RE: Barack Obama's Muslim Perception Problem

Now one can really see the power of the right wing press Dave. As ameriocans and supposedly law abiding christians what difference does it really make?
If one reads what the president said about the mosque, he said the muslims had a right under the laws of this nation to build a mosque at the Ground Zero site. There is a difference, although not-withstanding this was not an issue to be discussing.
A question Dave, why are the american people and in particular the christian community so afraid of muslims? As a nation, the United States has faced serious and critical issues before. WWI and WWII, the 1929 depresion, a Civil War as excellent examples. President Roosevelt quite accurately stated "THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FEAR ITSELF".
Whether or not President Obama is a muslim or not is of little consequence, what kind of a job can he do leading this nation is of paramount importance. Lets focus on the important issue, we certainly have enough of those!
Left by joelang60 on Aug 19, 2010 12:26 PM

# RE: Barack Obama's Muslim Perception Problem

President Obama said that Islam's call to prayer is the most beautiful thing he's ever heard. I have been to Israel seven times and hearing that call to prayer is foreboding, not beautiful. It would only be beautiful to the ears of Muslims. However, when President Obama actually testifies that he believes that Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life - truly God and the Only way to the Father - He will then put this issue to rest. I believe that he is whatever the moment calls for - he's a very mixed up man - not really knowing what he truly believes.
Left by Mary Furr on Aug 27, 2010 6:15 PM

# RE: Barack Obama's Muslim Perception Problem

If The President cannot understand why Americans have doubt about his Faith. Take a look at his whereabouts on Sunday morning, and where is he and his family attending Sunday School and Worship Services? Doesn't he remember that "Actions often Speak Louder than Words"? and that in the America That We Love, it is Predominently a CHRISTIAN Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all (and that is for her Legal Citizens) and its visitors are expected to learn the laws and language of our land if they care to visit or obtain a legal visa to work or study here.
We work hard to build this Country, build our families and keep our towns and cities clean, orderly, healthy and safe. All those who come we pray may see our Heritage and Values and Love this Country as much as WE DO.We must continue their message to all the world, "God Loved His Only Begotten Son,So who so ever believes in HIM, will not perish, but have everlasting/eternal LIFE"(John 3:16)None of us are perfect
Left by Mrs. Fran S Boston on Apr 30, 2011 6:58 PM

# RE: Barack Obama's Muslim Perception Problem

>> Doesn't he remember that "Actions often Speak Louder than Words"?

Perhaps he does, and perhaps he remembers Christ's observations on the significance of actions in Matthew 6, such as 6:1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven."

Left by rjw918 on May 02, 2011 10:48 AM

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Left by grace88 on May 02, 2011 7:40 PM

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Left by grace88 on May 02, 2011 8:15 PM

# RE: Barack Obama's Muslim Perception Problem

I agree grace88 It's sad. But we know that man is put in office by God. And he won'tleave until God sends him out. Brody is just following orders, hoping for a Fox gig.
Left by josta45 on May 03, 2011 4:53 AM

# RE: Barack Obama's Muslim Perception Problem

This man is a disgrace to the office of the president and I don't care if he is polka-dot purple! He does not have America's best interest at heart seen clearly by the ridiculous policies he insists upon. He has slapped all our allies in the face while going all over the muslim world to kiss ass and apologize. Why should we apologize to any muslim country? They are the ones who constantly terrorize, attack and provoke, then whine constantly about their sad state. With all the money they have, one would think they would do something about it. However, it is much easier to blame someone else. Prayer is wonderful but Americans also need to put feet to their prayers by going to the polls and voting this jerk out asap!
Left by Carol on May 20, 2011 4:09 AM

# RE: Barack Obama's Muslim Perception Problem

Every tree is known by it's fruits, every action BO takes is pro Muslim not pro Christian. How simple is that, his actions tell it all and his words are nothing more than empty rhetoric that try to float down the middle of the river so as to not lose potential votes or future support. I agree to pray that the guy get's saved and starts living for God and honoring His Son Jesus, who is the way the truth and the life. What does the current fruit look and taste like? Wake up America and stop justifying everything by the state of your pocketbook. Get back to Biblical Righteousness where men fear (reverence) God and keep his commandments.
Left by Nemo on May 20, 2011 12:03 PM