According to a recent CNN poll, some Americans still have misperceptions about President Obama’s personal life, but they aren’t as common as other polls suggest.
CNN Polling Director Jennifer Agiesta, writes, “A new CNN/ORC poll finds that although misperceptions about Barack Obama’s religious beliefs and background persist, they are not as widespread as some recent polling has suggested. Obama was born in Hawaii and is a Christian.”
Agiesta goes on to give the following polling details pertaining to President Obama’s faith.
Although nearly three in 10 say they think Obama is a Muslim, a plurality of Americans say he is a Christian. Among all adults, 39% say they believe Obama is a Protestant or other Christian, 4% think he’s Catholic, 2% Mormon, 1% Jewish and 1% something else. Another 11% say he’s not religious, and 14% that they just don’t know. There’s a wide education gap here, with most college grads believing Obama is a Protestant (63%) compared with just 28% of those who do not have college degrees.
The partisan divide is nearly as large, with 61% of Democrats saying Obama is a Protestant, vs. 32% of independents and 28% of Republicans. But the 43% of Republicans and 54% of Trump supporters who say they believe Obama is a Muslim is a smaller share than in other recent polling which asked only whether Obama is a Christian or a Muslim.
That “other recent polling” Agiesta refers to is the polling by the Public Policy Polling. The Hill recently reported, “A majority of Republican voters, 54 percent, think that President Obama is a Muslim, according to a new survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP).”
What these polls indicate is that way too many Republicans are ill-educated about Islam. They don’t realize that Islam places certain requirements and restrictions on Muslims, requirements that President Obama continues not to conform to and restrictions that he continues to violate. Calling President Obama a Muslim is akin to calling a pork-eating person who works on Saturdays an Orthodox Jew.
Those who insist that President Obama is a Muslim are relying on urban legends and faux evidence. As an example of the latter, one particular blogger insinuates that the current POTUS is a Muslim by showing a photo of him wearing traditional Somali garb while he was visiting a Somali village near the Kenya-Somalia border.
If a single instance of President Obama wearing traditional Somali garb makes him a Muslim, then Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss is a Native American.
By the way, regarding the above photo of Karlie Kloss, one blogger states, “This is completely unrealistic. Real Native Americans are better fed.” Being someone who is constantly in contact with Native Americans, this writer agrees.
Featured Image: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover Seder Dinner for family, staff and friends, in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, March 25, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)