Thursday, August 19, 2010

Growing number in America believe Obama a Muslim - poll

Barack Obama Mr Obama, a Christian, celebrated Ramadan with Muslim Americans and foreign dignitaries this month
A growing number of Americans incorrectly believe President Barack Obama is a Muslim, research suggests.
Some 18% said the president was a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009, according to the Pew Research survey of 3,003 Americans.
Among Republicans, that number was 34%. Just a third of those quizzed correctly identified Mr Obama as Christian.
Polling was done before 13 August when Mr Obama defended Muslims' right to build an Islamic centre by Ground Zero.

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Forty-three per cent of those questioned said they did not know what Mr Obama's religion was.

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