Report

No Decline in Belief That Obama is a Muslim

  • April 01, 2009

More than two months into Barack Obama's presidency, as many people incorrectly identify him as a Muslim as did so during the 2008 campaign. When asked about Obama's religious beliefs, 11% say he is a Muslim. In October, 12% said Obama is a Muslim, which was unchanged from earlier in the campaign.

In the current survey, 35% say they do not know Obama's religion, either because they do not know enough about him (22%), or because they have heard different things about his religion (13%); another 6% refused to answer.

As was the case last fall, white evangelical Protestants (19%) and Republicans (17%) are among the most likely to view Obama as a Muslim. Fewer than half in each group—38% of white evangelicals and 46% of Republicans—correctly identify Obama as a Christian.

Read the full report No Decline in Belief That Obama is a Muslim on the Pew Research Center's Web site.