Survey: Nearly 20% Believe Obama is a Muslim

A new Pew Research Center survey reveals nearly 1 in 5 people in America believe Obama is a Muslim:

Obama "Among those who say Obama is a Muslim, 60 percent say they learned about his religion from the media, suggesting that their opinions are fueled by misinformation. But the shifting attitudes about the president's religious beliefs could also be the result of a public growing less enamored of him and increasingly attracted to labels they perceive as negative. In the Pew poll, 41 percent disapprove of Obama's job performance, compared with 26 percent disapproval in its March 2009 poll.

More than a third of conservative Republicans now say Obama is a Muslim, nearly double the percentage saying so early last year. Independents, too, are now more apt to see the president as a Muslim: Among independents, 18 percent say he is a Muslim, up eight percentage points."

Comments

  1. crispy says

    The best case against democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter… or in this case, 30 seconds.

  2. Strepsi says

    Come on up to Canada — we’ve got some stupid people up here, but nowhere near THAT stupid!

  3. Sean says

    This is all created by the Republican Party to make Obama look “scary”. The Republican Party used fear tactics to take our Country to war, then after 9/11 the used colors to make all of us to be afraid of Terrorism and now they are using FEAT TACTICS to make the President look like he’s a Muslim!! Only Idiots can fall for this shit! and then again how many people can pin point Canada on a map? Think About it! Ignorance is a Bliss in this Country!

  4. gregorybrown says

    We ALL know that Sarah Palin is a CHRISTIAN–the good, Bible-believing kind, not some Pissypalian or Unitarian or sumpin’ like that.

  5. Steve says

    People read headlines, not stories.

    We’re a country of undereducated sheep being lead around by Fox news. Very sad.

  6. GregB says

    I discern a vicious cycle:

    1. The Republicans cut funding to schools
    2. Schools are no longer able to teach their students vital critical thinking skills
    3. The Republicans shovel this shit to the masses.
    4. The masses swallow it, hook, line, and sinker.
    5. The masses vote Republican.

    cycle repeats.

  7. TampaZeke says

    Maybe he’s a Gay, Muslim, illegal immigrant from Kenya.

    The perfect trifecta of hated minorities.

  8. Cory says

    GregB, I agree 100%. Keep the people ignorant, over worked, under paid, afraid – doesn’t this sound awfully familiar? Stalin? N. Korea? Communism any one?

    Amusing that Fox News, News Corp’s, head honcho is married to Wendi Deng, a red card carrying Chinese woman who supports the Chinese Communist government with much of Rupert’s billions. Fox News IS the anti-christ and they’re support of the RNC is frightening.

  9. jamal49 says

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    I’ve been a fan of that site for several years, particularly after the elections in 2004 when it appeared that the right-wing (especially the evangelical right-wing) was reaching the zenith of its power. I was certain that it was going to be necessary to emigrate overseas to a more “gay-friendly” country.

    I still feel that way. It bothers me to read that 20% of Americans believe that Pres. Obama is a Muslim. It bothers me even more that the percentage has increased not decreased. It bothers me that an even larger percentage believe that Pres. Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen.

    All of us may dismiss the “Tea Party”, the “Take Back Our Country”, the “Take Back Our Constitution” and the rest of the right-wing screaming-mimi movements, but we do so at our own peril.

    It may get ugly in the near future. I’d prefer to stay and fight those bastard pricks. But, just in case, just in case… it is good to have a Plan B, a Plan C, just in case.

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  10. Fenrox says

    PEW PEW PEW!

    Well thats ok because 100% of the people polled believe in a fucking Star Baby popping out some virgin and inspiring a group of people into trying to take over the world.

    So who cares what they think?

  11. northoftheborder says

    …and.. if he was? i dont understand why that would be such a big deal. what happened to division of church and state? watched a really sad documentary last night.. about the British Empire and its Christian indoctrination of African tribes in Kenya in the 30’s and the Mau Mau rebellion. No, nothing to do with Obama, but lots to do about how crazy Christians are.. How dare they impose their own beliefs on others..and to think I’m even Catholic. I dont get it.. sad days.

  12. Joe says

    I want to know why Obama’s religion is so important in a secular society! His religion is no ones business!

  13. Gregoire says

    People don’t even know what a fucking Muslim is, so naturally they assume Obama — who is black and SCARY — must be one.

    We have such a fundementally stupid country that it drives me completely nuts.

  14. boone68 says

    First of all, 20% of Americans are profoundly stupid. Secondly, Islam has not been his lifelong practice of faith. Thirdly, it’s not relevant in America. And fourth, I personally believe that he is a quiet atheist.

  15. Bart says

    Fenrox, it’s only important because muslim is the new gay of the right wing. And if they can cast him as a muslim, people will hate him. Many already hate him because he’s black. And all these haters vote. Otherwise you are right, nobody should care.

    America since its inception has needed an enemy: the British, the Spanish, the French, the Russians, the Chinese, the Iraqis, the Iranians, the gays, the immigrants, the muslims. Americans just can’t seem to get through their day without an enemy, without someone to hate. Hate-de-jour are the muslims because they want to build a cultural center a few blocks from Ground Zero. And many Americans believe they shouldn’t be allowed…you know in spite of those pesky Amendments to the Constitution that allow them to. The same idiots (you know who you are Sarah Palin and FOX News) who are always crying about defending the Constitution and beating their chest as if that’s what makes them American, are the very ones who believe that the muslims shouldn’t have the right to build this center. (Look, I think it’s simply a stupid idea but I understand that Constitutionality of it. I think Sarah Palin should never ever be allowed to speak in public because of her gross stupidity and blatant ignorance of the very stuff she says she’s “defending” but I understand her Constitutional right to free speech.)

    And who is this “media” that is fostering this ignorance? Easy enough, it’s FOX News. And one would think that they could tell all their viewers, oh, I don’t know, how about the truth, that Obama is not muslim. But do you really think that’s going to happen with their agenda? With Murdoch’s agenda?

    It would be nice to believe that we are living in a secular society. But we all know that that is not true. People don’t base votes or reasoning or common sense, on what is best for them or their family, they base it on religion. If they based it on common sense, do you really believe anyone making less that 100 grand a year would vote Republican? Do you think any gay person would? Any Latino? Any black? The Republican party has become the party of the very, very rich and for some reason (religion) a large portion of the population votes for them, even though they have their ass handed to them in almost every other aspect of their life…and the rich just keep getting richer.

    I always want to believe that Americans are smart. But they aren’t. They believe what they are fed, they don’t read enough, and they vote mystically rather than rationally. And it’s sad, because it seems that we are in a time when you say something loud enough, long enough, people believe it as truth.

    This country has lost any sight of the truth. Not everybody in it, but sadly, enough people that it is starting to make a frightening difference.

  16. Kim says

    A Muslim who attended a Christian Church for 20 years ? I hope these are the same 20% who thinks he isn’t American. They probably don’t believe his mother is White either

  17. PeteS says

    Further confirmation that leaving the US to live in Europe was the best thing I ever did. People in American are incredibly stupid and hate gay people. Why waste your life living there?

  18. Cory says

    Petes: How’d you do it? Was it easy or a painstaking process? And if you’re in a country that has gay marriage, marry me? lol :)

  19. crispy says

    Totally agree with the hate du jour theory. I’ve often thought that the only way gays are ever gonna be accepted, legally and socially, is when Americans move on to someone else to hate, be it immigrants or Muslims or gingers.

    But then I remember that I have a soul, so that’s not an acceptable solution. I guess I’m counting on an alien invasion or pesky robot uprising to finally unite humankind.

  20. Wes says

    I’d be in Canada now if they hadn’t revised their immigration laws to make it far more difficult. Now, I’m unworthy :( British Columbia = my dream destination.

  21. CKNJ says

    I think GregB has it exactly right! Republicans WANT a country of ignorant fools, because (even by their own admission) Universities are full of liberals. So… how do you destroy liberalism? Destroy education… keep them dumb enough, scared enough and hungry enough, and you can do ANYTHING you want with them. Seriously, the REPUBLICANS are the conspirators we need to be afraid of, especially with this in mind!

  22. says

    Okay, I have a question: Would it even MATTER if he were a Muslim? How soon we forget we voted in a Roman Catholic by the name of JFK into office and the sky didn’t come crashing down around us.

    I get so very tired of the “Muslim panic” in this country. It’s getting to the point where it’s beyond silly and cliche’. And not for nothing, I guess conservatives can’t get away with calling him a “scary black man” anymore so they’ve hit the “Muslim panic” button. And much like the Staples “EASY” button, just like that they’ve got people’s panties all bunched into knots.

    The next time a conservative tells you Obama’s a Muslim and that’s a good enough reason to question his motives (cause you know, I’m SURE that happens to you all the time), with as much seriousness as you can muster ask them if they’re afraid of Christians. The’ll probably say something like, “Huh?” To which you reply, “You know, Christians. Are you afraid of them? Do you question their motives?” To which they’ll probably say, “No.” And that’s when you say this:

    “You know that’s interesting. Because the worst act of domestic terrorism ever committed on American soil happened in Oklahoma City on April 19th, 1995. The Murrah Building downtown was blown up and 169 innocent people lost their lives. You know who did that? Two Christians. Two WHITE MALE Christians who believed they were doing ‘God’s work’ by punishing those they felt were responsible for the Waco tragedy.”

    To which they’ll reply: “Those were terrorists, not Christians.”

    And you’ll say as you walk away from the crazy: “And terrorists flew into the WTC, not Muslims.”

  23. gaylib says

    Muslim, Christian, what differnce does it make? He’s still a religiously inspired bigot who doesn’t believe “god is in the mix” when it comes to gay marriage. I’d prefer a president who doesn’t believe in fairy tales at all myself.

  24. Brett says

    Have a great time in Europe. While you are there be sure to ask the Muslim folks about the Swiss banning mosques, their ability to get a job in France (ask the Jews about this one also) or wear a hajib in public. It wasn’t too long ago that the Turks were getting firebombed in Germany. There are a lot of tensions in Scandinavian countries that are finding their state systems strained by immigrants. While you are at it you should also make sure that your taxes continue to support the state-sponsored church.

    I actually love visiting Europe and find the people to be generally welcoming. I was in Spain and Portugal this Spring and had a great time. However, don’t think that they don’t have their share of stupid, racist and homophobic people and politicians.

  25. says

    The way I see it, Peace killing rich people have lots of problems with Obama so they’re starting a propaganda against him. The biggest of all is that Obama is not evil like g.w.bush. So they’ve started a propaganda campaign against Obama!

    Eagle.

  26. Hussain says

    Here goes my 7 year old nephew dream of becoming the president of the United States.

    (he so happened to be a second generation Muslim American)

  27. TANK says

    All those people who read this and want to move to canada, or out of the u.s…please, for the good of our country, GTFO. You don’t have what it takes to make a difference, to participate in your citizenship through activism, and have resigned yourself to corporate fatalism and the annihiliation of the middle class (which you’ve participated in)…so GTFO. You want to change this situation? Work for it. There are a lot of people in this country who will believe anything negative about barack obama to conform their narrative and promote their values just like there are a lot of people in this country who will believe anything positive about barack obama…in conformity to their narrative. One set of values demonstrably produces less overall harm, and it’s not the latter…but by less, I’m not talking about much.

    And that’s absolute rubbish. Obama is no lover of peace…or enemy of the invstor class…he is one of them.

    As to the hijab banning in france, and your implied accusation that it is against a muslim woman’s civil liberties and freedom of religious choice…I think we really need to ask ourselves what freedom of choice means when literally hundreds of women are permanently blinded and disfigured throughout the world by muslim men (fanatics) for refusing their veils. I think we really need to ask ourselves what religious FREEDOM is in this case when women are routinely beaten with metal rods for neglecting to wear the veil…when honor killings to enforce “moral order” and reinforce “women as property” are regular events throughout the muslim world. What does freedom of religion amount to in those cases? Freedom to do what one is told at the threat of physical and death?

  28. Hussain says

    @Tank,
    do you even know any American Muslims?
    Friends, co-workers, neighbors?

    If not, try to get to know one.
    You and those extremists in the Middle East and South Asia don’t even know one bit when it come to True Islam.

    Please be mindful about spreading hate.
    I don’t want it to affect me, my family, friends and other muslims. We just want live peacefully in our country, America.

    Asalamalakum ( may peace be upon you)

  29. TANK says

    Rodney, when I want your input, I’ll solicit it from the drunks at cannery row. There are some idiots out there who make this impassioned threat all of the time–I wasn’t singling you out. Fuck them, I say.

  30. TANK says

    True islam? That’s just great…there’s no reasoning with unreasonable people…and all people of faith are unreasonable, if for nothing less than that they have it.

    I don’t consider the truth hate. I am not saying that all muslims are muslim terrorists, but I don’t conclude from the fact that there are a great many muslim moderates in the united states who believe in civil democracy and human rights, that islam is immune from critique. And responsibility doesn’t disappear simply because one says, “I disagree with that interpretation of the same text that I subscribe to that was operative in your horrible actions”.

  31. Hussain says

    @ Tank,
    you are right.
    There’s no reasoning with unreasonable people.

    I embraced the common knowledge that any religion is good unless proven otherwise by the fanatics and extremists, which inhabit all religions.

    And don’t worry about Islam taking over America in 2o yrs.
    The first and second generation will be too busy imitating the Mtv Culture.

  32. TANK says

    Common knowledge? I don’t think that’s common knowledge at all. I think it’s believed without good evidence, or any evidence at all because you simply want to believe it. I don’t think any religion is “good,” because any of the parts that we’d call good can be followed without religion, or belief in supernaturalism…and were, given that they’re borrowed and distorted. Religion is responsible (originated) for no good ideas, in fact…and certainly no understanding of the world has ever occurred through revelation, which is the foundation of religion. And there is abundant evidence of the harm that islam causes around the world–in fact, the harm that christianity causes around the world…unless, for example, you don’t think muslim honor killings ar evidence for the harm that islam has the potential to cause….or abortion clinic bombings as the harm that christianity has the potential to cause…or voting away rights as the harm that religion can cause (basically, christianity in the u.s., though most american muslim groups are on board with the christofascists with regard to lgbt rights).

    I guess it comes down to this…how many bad peanuts do you have to eat out of a jar of them to conclude that it’s a bad jar? All of them and it’s still good? Does, for example, the paltry number of gay friendly christian churches make christianity all of a sudden a faith that doesn’t cause harm? Once again, it’s a belief you hold simply because you want to hold it.

  33. Hussain says

    @ Tank
    Likewise,
    you can hold on to your belief.
    we Human beings are sure a stubborn race.

  34. TANK says

    And what is my belief–the faith that I hold? The absence thereof? I guess not stamp collecting is a hobby. And besides, there is absolutely nothing in the faith based belief I hold that makes a prescription about what one should do…this isn’t the case with christianity, judaism, and islam…which do contain positive prescriptions.

  35. TANK says

    So I guess a commitment to rationality (that evidence needs to be provided to ascent to a proposition) is stubborn…but it’s “stubborn” only in its refusal to admit dogma…it’s stubborn in that it’s not…

  36. Wes says

    I want to move to BC because its beautiful and awesome. Not perfect, but nowhere is. Forgive me if at some point in my life I’d like to just chill out a bit and stop trying to save the world.

  37. sexy beast says

    and Tank is still ranting.
    Such a troll who like to feed of hatred :)
    Get a a healthy life.

  38. nodnarb says

    Isn’t it just hilarious how Tank turns every Muslim thread into being about him? Well, hilarious and awfully indicative of single child syndrome.

  39. Richard says

    This is consistent with Time Magazine’s poll which said 24% of Americans believe the same thing.

    This makes this South Park observation even more relevant:

    Kyle: You know that 1/4 of Americans are retarded right?

    Stan: Yeah, at least 1/4.

  40. Dawnell_do says

    I feel sorry for the people who think Obama is a Muslim, because thieve been lied to by Fox news and the Republicans and turned into mindless sheep.

  41. Steve says

    This is in keeping with the absurdist thinking in this country.

    It baffles me how a black child raised by a single mom with no money is cast as an “elitist” simply because he figured out how to get an education.

    I’m still confused how Hussein of Iraq was responsible for 9/11.

    I don’t know why people don’t read the Bill of Rights for themselves – rather than relying on the media to tell them what it means.