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Among Religious Groups, Obama's Ratings Highest with Muslims, Lowest with Mormons

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President Obama's highest job approval ratings among religious groups are from Muslims -- although that number has fallen somewhat over the past year -- and his lowest are from Mormons, according to a Gallup poll tracking data from Jan. 2009 to July 2010.

Seventy-eight percent of Muslims approved of Obama's performance in the January-July 2010 period, down from 86 percent in January-June 2009, while 24 percent of Mormons approved of the job he was doing, down from 43 percent in the first six months of 2009. Obama's overall approval rating in Gallup's surveys stood at 48 percent for the first six months of this year.

Sixty-three percent of atheists, agnostics or those unaffiliated with any religion approved of Obama's performance as did 61 percent of Jewish Americans and 50 percent of Catholics. Approval among Protestant and other Christian religions was 43 percent.
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As with the numbers for Muslims and Mormons, Obama's standing among all these groups has fallen since January-June 2009 in line with the general drop in his approval ratings among the overall population.

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I am pleased that Obama has good approval ratings.

August 28 2010 at 9:43 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

No surprises here.

August 28 2010 at 8:07 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Mormons are, by a huge percentage, REPUBLICAN. Having lived in Western Colotado and spent time in Utah on business, I never knew ONE Mormon who was a Democrat. Obama's support among Catholics, 50% approval, is rather surprising, in view of his stands on abortion ans stem cell research. Actually, many Catholics tend to ignote the teachings of their church (birth control being an example--90% btreak the Church's rule on that). The Muslims don't matter--only 1% of the US population is Muslim.

August 28 2010 at 1:16 PM Report abuse +18 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to wolfnus's comment

Thanks for putting it into perspective with the actual percentages. Something the author did not do. I agree with the Catholic surprise, but most of the Catholics I know tend to be Democratic. Go figure.

August 28 2010 at 2:07 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply


August 28 2010 at 1:14 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

Our nation's people are suffering, Black, White, Asian, whetever and Washington could care less. Our President, His Congress and His Administration are well fed, bills are paid, they are able to educate their children and vacation, while the rest of their fellow Americans are suffering. Don't think that this was the type of "Hope and Change" we had in mind!

August 28 2010 at 12:48 PM Report abuse +52 rate up rate down Reply

Good for you! Edit and clean up the rude, crude, crass comments. For far too long, we've been on a path of losing all social skills and interaction. Posting annonymous comments on sites such as this has not helped improve the situation. So, kudos to you for cleaning up the internet with editing.

August 28 2010 at 12:40 PM Report abuse -13 rate up rate down Reply
Pat Violi

I think that it is very interesting that his highest approval rate is from people who do not have any religion or question the existance of a higher being.

August 28 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse +30 rate up rate down Reply

Religious polls are idiotic considering all religions are corrupt and self serving.. Kind of like politics. The Presidency of the United States has become scapegoat position, only, for the many screw ups of the general populace. The attitude of entitlement is at an all time high. If We The People expect blatant entitlement then we may as well be Socialists or even Communists.

August 28 2010 at 12:21 PM Report abuse -37 rate up rate down Reply

What would be interesting to know is a further break down between mainline Protestants (Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Congregationalists) and evangelicals (Baptists, Disciples of Christ, Assemblies of God, and Pentacostal). I belong to a Methodist church in an area that is very Republican, and the bumper stickers skewed 80-20 in Obama's favor in '08. Up the street at the Baptist chruch (Northern), it was the opposite.

August 28 2010 at 12:18 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

Obama should be impeached now. Those who voted for him, still think he is doing a good job. Watch out America, he can't be trusted and is working on another scheme to make sure he gets another term. We knew he was a muslim before he even won the presidency. How sad and now we're paying for it while he takes vacations. Take back America! And those of you who still are in denial, need to wake up. He's even taking credit for the war that he thinks has ended. The man needs some serious counseling.

August 28 2010 at 11:47 AM Report abuse +50 rate up rate down Reply

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