According to new polls, more people think U.S. President Barack Obama is a Muslim than previously. Now, the figure is up to just less than 1 in 5 people, although that is only 1 in 5 who took part in the survey. The rumor has been around since he ran for president, and there isn’t an easy way to prove if he is.
Poll shows 18 percent of America 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 they polled think that. Obama spent a good deal of time in Indonesia while growing up, which is a heavily Muslim region. His father was raised Muslim, but early in life became an atheist, which is stated clearly in the president’s first book. According to ABC, the poll was taken before this Obama mosque debacle.
More people are undecided
Over the past two years, more people didn’t know what faith or denomination the president followed. The same poll indicated 43 percent of those polled couldn’t decide. The poll was compiled between March (when the last one came out) and August of this year, according to The Guardian. The increase was more among people who identified as Republicans than as Democrats. President Obama has maintained that he is Christian.
Not these rumors again
This isn’t the first time that rumor and conjecture have been passed around regarding Barack Obama being Muslim. The Obama Mosque controversy certainly is doing those who wish to spread that idea a favor. Some think putting a mosque within spitting distance of Ground Zero seems insensitive. The Cordoba House organization claims to be trying to foster greater tolerance for Islam in this country, and it seems that this might not be the best way to go about it. However, should the Ground Zero mosque be built, it will be built on private property.