One in five Americans believe President Barack Obama is a Muslim


There’s just no convincing some people.

Nearly one in five people —18% — wrongly believe President Barack Obama is a Muslim, according to a poll released on Thursday.

The number is up from the 11% who thought Obama was a Muslim in March 2009. The percentage who correctly believe the president is Christian is down to 34%.

The largest share of those polled— 43% — said they weren’t sure what the president’s religion is, up from the 34% who said they didn’t know early last year.

Americans were surveyed by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center before the firestorm erupted over whether Muslims should be allowed to build a mosque near Ground Zero. The president recently said he believes Muslims should have the right to build the Islamic center.

In a separate poll, conducted by Time magazine/ABT SRBI, after the president’s remarks about the mosque, 24% of those polled said Obama is a Muslim, 47% said they think he’s a Christian and 24% had no idea or declined to answer.

Pew analysts said the latest statistics are likely due to attacks by his political adversaries

The view that Obama is a Muslim is more widespread among Republicans and indepdents.  Roughly a third of conservative Republicans — 34% — say Obama is a Muslim.. And 18% of independents think he’s Muslim—up 10% from last year.

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