Painting of Obama.
20% of Americans think Obama is Muslim. CC by Jay Cables/Drive by Times

Apparently, more people are starting to think Barack Obama is a Muslim. According to a survey, the number of people who think Obama is a Muslim is up to 1 in 5.

Poll shows 18 percent of Americans think so

A recent poll by the Pew Research Center, or rather The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, says 18 percent of Americans think Obama is a Muslim. Granted, the survey means that 18 percent of people polled think that. Obama spent a good deal of time in Indonesia while growing up, which is a heavily Muslim region. Anyone who read the president’s first book also knows his father was raised a Muslim. However, they also know his father was an atheist. The poll was conducted earlier this year, according to ABC. This means it was before this whole Obama Mosque thing.

The survey indicated most people couldn’t tell

A politician’s religious background has always carried a lot of significance on the American political landscape. The President’s specific denomination is actually unknown to more people than known or falsely believed. The same poll indicated 43 percent of those polled didn’t know. According to The Guardian, the previous survey of this type came out in March, and the update has been in the works since. It actually wasn’t Democrats that are disappointed in Obama who thought he was a Muslim; it was mostly Republicans. Obama has always been a Christian.

Stubborn rumors stick around

The rumors of Obama being Muslim are old. They aren’t likely to go away either. The Obama mosque controversy certainly is helping those who wish to spread this Muslim idea. Some think putting a mosque within spitting distance of ground zero seems insensitive. The organization that owns the space, Cordoba House, wants to foster a better image for Islam in the U.S. Due to the xenophobia that’s been on display since the organization announced its plans, that obviously isn’t happening. The Islamophobes can’t do anything about what gets built on private property, though.

More information on this topic

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