How Many People Still Think Barack Obama is a Muslim?

According to new research from the Pew Center for People and the Press, there are still people who think Barack Obama is a Muslim and not a Christian.

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Most likely to believe the lie?

Evangelical Christians — nineteen percent of them think he’s a Muslim.

(That same percentage of people disapprove with the job he’s doing… coincidence?)

Not only that… only 38% of Evangelicals said he was a Christian! The only group scoring lower in that category? People of high school age or younger. Pathetic.

I wonder what it will take before these people give in to reality and accept that he’s a Christian.

What does Obama have to do? Draw a picture of Mohammad? Put more Christians in his Faith Council? Get re-baptized in front of a national TV audience?

(via Christianity Today)

  • john

    He just needs to say that he’s an atheist. The conservative republicans and evangelicals would believe that, and would help make sure everyone else knew.

  • john

    Oops, Just to be clear, I wasn’t suggesting that he is an atheist, just that this would be a way to get people to stop thinking he’s a muslim.

  • Joel

    Only 38 percent of Evangelicals think he’s Christian, because apparently you can’t be a pro-choice Democrat and a Christian at the same time. He also has the audacity to support civil unions between homosexuals (strike three). So, considering the narrow minded world view of these people, it’s surprising the 38 percent number isn’t lower.

  • Vic

    Also, don’t forget that many evangelicals don’t consider other branches of Christianity to be “Christians”, including Catholics and other denominations that aren’t evangelical.

  • Matto the Hun

    Evangelicals giving in to reality? I think that concept is about as unreal as idea of Obama being a Muslim.

    I’m sure they are rewriting their bibles (if they haven’t already) to say that he is a Muslim just so they can say “Because the bible told me so.”

  • http://cupcakesinhell.blogspot.com jynnan_tonnyx

    I find it interesting that with only “Christian” and “Muslim” responses shown, the percentages rarely add up to more than 70% or so. I would be interested to see how many of those are “Don’t Know/Don’t Care”s, how many are miscellaneous wrong answers (e.g., “Hindu”) and how many are people who suspect (as some have suggested) that he’s a closeted atheist or agnostic.

    I’m also kind of amused by the 7% who apparently think he’s a Muslim but approve of the job he’s doing.

  • http://universalheretic.wordpress.com/ Vic

    The numbers for younger people surprise me. You would think that they have the ability to find the information on their own.

  • http://darwinsdagger.blogspot.com Darwin’s Dagger

    People are stupid. There’s really nothing surprising about that.

  • bill

    think of how stupid the average person is. now realize half of them are stupider than that.

  • Polly

    The good news? A large minority of Xian ‘murkins think we have a Muslim president and the country hasn’t collapsed into total chaos.

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com Paul Lundgren

    @Bill,

    George Carlin, if I’m not mistaken?

  • Alien

    Not only that… only 38% of Evangelicals said he was a Christian! The only group scoring lower in that category? People of high school age or younger. Pathetic.

    I don’t think people of high school age were polled. I read that line as being part of the “Maximum level of education” that most polls have. In other words, the people who scored the lowest in believing Obama to be Christian were those polled March 2009 who had a high school education or less. This would include, say, 50 year olds who never finished high school.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    I know a number of people who are convinced that Obama is a “Christian of convenience” – i.e. a closet atheist who realized he needed to be Christian to advance his political career.

  • Matto the Hun

    Yep, Bill is quoting George… and it was awesome!

  • Steven Carr

    One in 5 Christians believe something that they could show was false by the tiniest bit of fact checking?

    2000 years ago, Christians checked all the facts before deciding what to believe.

    How could things have changed so much?

  • http://chaoskeptic.blogspot.com/ Iason Ouabache

    I know a number of people who are convinced that Obama is a “Christian of convenience” – i.e. a closet atheist who realized he needed to be Christian to advance his political career.

    Eh, I’m willing to buy that. I bet that there have been several prominent closeted atheist/agnostic politicians over the years who have had to bite their tongues and make sure they show up to service every Sunday. It’s impossible to get elected in the US if you don’t at least give lip service to Christianity.

  • Miko

    Evangelical Christians — nineteen percent of them think he’s a Muslim.

    (That same percentage of people disapprove with the job he’s doing… coincidence?)

    This is a misleading comparison. The same percentage from each group think that he’s a Muslim, but this isn’t especially meaningful since the size of the group of Evangelical Christians and the size of the group of people who disapprove of the job Obama is doing are NOT the same. That is to say, the relative percentages may be the same, but you’re still comparing apples to oranges.

  • llewelly

    I wonder if Obama’s surprising rightward moves – particularly those with respect to ‘enemy combatants’, state secrets, and so forth, are in part an attempt to disassociate himself from the mythology that he is a Muslim socialist.

  • Vincent

    but how the heck did the 50-64 crowd go UP???

  • Michael

    What really surprises me is the stat on the 18-29-year-olds. I’d think they’d be one of the most informed groups.

    And Vincent, I’m sure that’s within the margin of error.

  • Jeannette

    My high school students believe all kinds of crap that they have heard from their parents and in their churches here in Lynchburg, VA. (home of Jerry Falwell)
    Amongst their beliefs: he was sworn in on the Koran, he plans to take away the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem, and that he believes in abortion up to one year. (something’s off with that math!)

    Living here has definitely confirmed my beliefs–or lack there of!

  • http://friendlyathiest.com PDestiny

    First of all Matto the hun Christians dont rewrite the Bible to say whatever they want, your totally wrong. and I as well as other christians dont appreciate you criticizing us. But no matter what you believe Im prayig for you, and Jesus Loves You!! and the Bible does tell me so, as a matter of fact the Bible tells everyone so including you. So I thought I might let you know even though you probably already know from your childhood or something.