According to a new CNN poll, almost one third of Americans now believe President Barack Obama is a Muslim.
The poll found 39% of respondents thought Obama Protestant/Christian 39%, 29% thought him a Muslim, 11% believed him to be non-religious, 4% thought him a Catholic, 2% thought him a Mormon, 1% thought him Jewish, 1% believed him something else, and 14% had no opinion.
College graduates appeared to be the group most inclined to believe Obama’s protestations that he is a Christian; 63% took Obama at his word. Only 28% of those without a college degree believed Obama to be telling the truth about his faith. Predictably, 61% of Democrats believed Obama, compared to 32% of independents and a paltry 28% of Republicans.
32% of men believed Obama a Muslim; 25% of women agreed. 33% of white respondents agreed Obama a Muslim; only 20% of non-white voters agreed. The older the voter, the more likely that he/she believed Obama a Muslim; among voters 18-34, 20% agreed, among voters 35-49, 29%, among voters 50-64, 33%, and voters 65+, 39%.
47% of Tea Party supporters believed Obama a Muslim.
Obama has consistently claimed he is a Christian:
January 2015: “In our lives, Michelle and I have been strengthened by our Christian faith. But there have been times where my faith has been questioned — by people who don’t know me — or they’ve said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad thing.”
September 2010: “I’m a Christian by choice.”
March 2004: “One of the churches I met, or one of the churches that I became involved in was Trinity United Church of Christ. And the pastor there, Jeremiah Wright, became a good friend. So I joined that church and committed myself to Christ in that church.”
Of course, on June 28, 1996, Obama intoned, “Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy… should we just stick with the Sermon on the Mount, a passage that is so radical it’s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application?”