Percentage of Americans who think Obama is Muslim unchanged
Do you believe the myth that U.S. President Barack Obama is a Muslim?
If you do, you’re not alone. A March survey by the Pew Research Center found that 11 percent of the American adults it polled thought Obama was a Muslim. This is little changed from the 12 percent who expressed the same belief in October during the heat of the White House race.
The most recent survey, conducted from March 9-12, polled just over 1,300 American adults nationwide and asked them “Do you happen to know what Barack Obama’s religion is? Is he Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, agnostic or something else?”
White evangelical Protestants — a key component of the Republican Party base — are more likely than anyone else to believe this persistent falsehood. Pew said 19 percent of respondents from this group said they thought Obama was a Muslim.
The belief that he is a Muslim has had wide currency in right-wing circles and the double-digit percentages suggest it is not restricted to an isolated fringe.
For the record, Obama, whose middle name is Hussein, is a Christian and maintains his faith informs much of his outlook and policy.
(Photo: U.S. President Barack Obama smiles during a news conference at the G20 Summit in London, April 2, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed (BRITAIN)