Surprising Number of Americans Think Obama is Muslim, Foreign Born

Posted September 14th, 2015 at 1:09 pm (UTC-4)

President Barack Obama speaks at Macomb Community College, Sept. 9, 2015, in Warren, Michigan.  (AP Photo)

President Barack Obama speaks at Macomb Community College, Sept. 9, 2015, in Warren, Michigan. (AP Photo)

A new poll finds that 29 percent of Americans think President Barack Obama is a Muslim.

The CNN/ORC survey also shows that 1 in 5 Americans — 20 percent — believe the American president was born outside of the United States. The U.S. Constitution requires that a president be a natural born citizen.

OBAMA’S RELIGION (according to CNN/ORC poll respondents)

No opinion…14%
Not religious…11%
Something else…1%

Obama was born in Hawaii, a U.S. state, and has repeatedly said he identifies as a Christian.

In 2011, in response to a resurgence of the “birther” movement that questioned Obama’s qualification to be president based on their belief he was born outside the U.S., the White House posted a certified copy of his birth certificate, which shows he was born at Kapiolani Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961.

While more Republicans than Democrats believe Obama was born outside the United States, the vast majority of GOP-leaning voters — 71 percent — do believe he is a natural born citizen.

While about 3 in 10 Americans think Obama is a Muslim, 45 percent do say they believe he is some sort of Christian — either Protestant, Catholic or Mormon. Fourteen percent of respondents have no opinion on the matter while 11 percent, when asked the president’s religion, said he is not religious.

There appears to be an education gap when it comes to people’s opinions. Most people who earned a college degree — 63 percent — agree that Obama is a Protestant while 28 percent of those without a college degree say that he is.

The poll includes 1012 adults who were interviewed by telephone nationwide. Of those interviewed, 27 percent described themselves as Democrats, 24 percent said they were Republicans and 49 percents identified as independents or members of another party.

37 responses to “Surprising Number of Americans Think Obama is Muslim, Foreign Born”

  1. Abraham says:

    An unsurprising number of Americans are idiots!

    • Sensi says:

      I think we could certainly correlate these figures with the people watching the Goebbelsian Faux News or reading their Daily Clown propagandist e-rag…

    • Nicholas says:

      On a trip to Catalina Island a few years ago my wife and I met a couple from Kenya and they claimed to know Obama’s family and exactly where he was born. They said it was Kenya not Hawaii. I lived in Hawaii years ago and one of my children was born in Kapiolani Hospital. At the time Obama was supposed have been born there it would not have been difficult to forge a birth certificate or alter one. Isn’t it interesting how the might have the power and influence to do whatever is expedient?

      • How do I know you are telling the truth? How do you know this couple was telling the truth? How could this couple possibly know where Barack Obama was born besides from published sources? Such 3rd hand, unverifiable anecdotes have no value as evidence. Meanwhile the Hawaii Department of Health has said over and over the the President was born in Hawaii and that is evidence. His birth is in the 1961 birth registry. It was in two Honolulu newspapers. It was in INS files on Obama’s father. Obama released TWO birth certificates.

        Birther beliefs are just irrational.

  2. He may not claim to be muslim, but he certainly seems like one. If it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck….it’s a duck. You can’t deny that he is sympathetic to the muslims of the world, or else you are an idiot. His actions define what he really is. I can say I’m the Queen of England, but saying it don’t make it so……………as for being foreign born, I believe that he was born in Hawaii to an American woman and a Kenyan man, which gives him duel citizenship. You can’t hide who you really are. America was so in love with having a black president that they didn’t take time to find out what he stood for. But you can’t hide who and what your really are. Your actions define who you are.

    • Raushan Kumar says:

      You are right brother. Having a black president is not bad, but the Americans must had chosen a proper person. There are so many able persons in US who have christianity as their religion. It was not compulsary that only Muslim be elected.

    • Sensi says:

      Why wouldn’t Obama be ” sympathetic to the muslims of the world”, care to tell us? What is this supposed to demonstrate in your implicitly bigoted drivel?
      Obama held both U.S. and Kenyan citizenship as a child, but lost his Kenyan citizenship automatically on his 23rd birthday.
      Obama isn’t “black” he is biracial, with his father was black his mother white
      “America” took the time to find out who Obama was as POTUS and then reelected him.

      Let’s not speak about idiocy.

    • When was the last time you heard a Muslim sing “Amazing Grace” in church (as Obama did a few months ago)? Carrying out a fair and even-handed policy in the Middle East is not being a Muslim.

    • Mike Beardsley says:

      Your post is very revealing. First, based on the level of intellectual analysis you display, I suspect you couldn’t telll a Muslim from a duck. Second, in the same way that you can be an American and not be a racist, it is also possible to be a Muslim and not be a terrorist. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Obama being sympathetic toward Muslims who are being persecuted because of the actions of terrorists that they have no control over. It’s kind of like being sympathetic towards intelligent Americans being painted as racist morons by The actions of their fellow Americans that they have no control over. Third, it’s “dual citizenship” not “duel citizenship”. But you are absolutely correct on one point – you can’t hide who and what you really are. Your actions define who you are. And by posting this despicable garbage you have defined yourself as an ignorant bigot. Congatulations!

  3. Gito Waluyo says:

    The important is, he is one of the best USA leader

    • Nicholas says:

      Several unfriendly leaders of countries think so as well, not because he is doing anything to actually help Americans but because he is furthering their anti-American agendas. Obama one of the best Presidents? Whatever you are smoking you better hide that from your Mother.

    • MR KNOWLES says:

      Gito….you must be one of the idiots who voted for this black muslim. His own grandmother said she “was there when he came out, in kenya.” Birth certificates can be forged…you have to produce evidence of birth for just about everything ln America, so why did it take so long for this Muslim to produce his birth certificate? ?? Because his aunt had to try to get the ink right. It was not proven he was born in Hawaii, it was just shut up. ,obama is the most failed president ln US history. (His grandmother was on Hannity when she made that statement) Too bad people like you put him back in office. Didn’t you get enough the first time? I’m not stupid, just don’t like capital letters when not deserved.

      • That quote from Obama’s step grandmother is not quite accurate. The translator Ogombe said “Yes. She says, ‘Yes she was! She was present when Obama was born.'” In context it is not clear where she was present. Later on the in the conversation, it is clear that the grandmother is NOT saying that President Obama was born in Kenya. Here is the part of the conversation that birthers cut off to fool the unwary:

        OGOMBE: No, Obama was not born in Mombasa. He was born in America.

        MCRAE: Whereabouts was he born? I thought he was born in Kenya.

        OGOMBE: No, he was born in America, not in Mombasa.

        MCRAE: Do you know where he was born? I thought he was born in Kenya. I was going to go by and see where he was born.

        OGOMBE: Hawaii. Hawaii. Sir, she says he was born in Hawaii. In the state of Hawaii, where his father was also learning, there. The state of Hawaii.

  4. Xaaji Dhagax says:

    America is so technologically advanced nation, but surprisingly unable to educate it’s religiously retarded people!

  5. Me says:

    Surprising? What a joke. The guy was put into office by what has become the most corrupt disgraceful country. There is no longer a rule of law here. We are going down faster than the Titanic.

    Everyone knows he’s illegal. Everyone knows Congress, the media, the Supreme Court, the military are complicit in allowing this fraud to be.

  6. The most relevant thing is that (unlike his predecessor) he is very bright,articulate and consults before taking the decision to send young men to wars where they kill ,get killed or return on wheelchairs.He is obviously a Christian;but not an evangelical one.
    His record will be mixed ,like all presidents and leaders.Medical care will be seen as a compassionate turning point.The policy towards illegal residents (who are part of a young much- needed working force) is wise.The policy towards Cuba and Iran shows that he understands diplomacy.
    He certainly knows the limits of US hegemony because the world has changed since 1945 and US leadership needed adjustment.He does not RULE the US.He couldn’t close Guantanamo Bay camp as he promised.He couldn’t reform the IMF.His climate change ideas are great.
    On the Middle East he said the right things in Cairo;but went on to continue appeasing and arming the Far-Right government in the US’s “strategic ally”in the region .Emboldened,that arrogant government went on to confront him on his home front.He keeps sanctions on the Sudan in place despite lack of evidence of terror sponsorship.

  7. Wotabo Kebede says:

    It is rare to find leaders with Obama’s leadership qualities. He saved the US from the 2008 economic crisis created by the Republicans and Wall Street. The global economy could have also collapsed. During the crisis, one renowned US economist confessed in an interview on CNN that recession was sudden and did not expect that the housing boom would bust that left several thousand homeowners homeless. Banks were not able to foreclose the homes He is not only America’s but the globe’s saviour. It is useless to go back to dig into his citizen’s profile; you should rather be thankful; he deserves utmost respect as one of the wonderful Presidents that the US had. I am sure that he will have a rightful place in world history. I have read his two books more than twice. I am looking forward to a book by Obama from which millions and future generations of America will learn. The US leads the World in many respects. I hope his successor will be as competent as Obama to play this role. God bless Obama and his family. Amen

  8. Deo Isaack Kapufi says:

    From ,

    Being Christian or Muslim doesn’t matter , what is regarded is one’s belief and the way one shares with others in all deeds being closer to God.

    • ali baba says:

      the president of us has to tell the people about his religion . us is Christian country .

      • Liz amstutz says:

        You must have slept through your high school civics class. Have you ever actually read the Constitution? Article Six clearly says “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” Or maybe you can’t read. Get educated!

        • Nick says:

          Thank you. You done good answer to Alli Baba. I think he should shot his mouth for ever. Mr Obama one of the great president around the world. He deserve be lead of united nation for while. world need him. Great America has great president.

      • President Obama has talked about his Christian faith in several occasions, for example at the Easter prayer breakfast hosted by Obama in 2011:

        At the prayer breakfast, Obama’s remarks highlighted the meaning of Holy Week for Christians. “I wanted to host this breakfast for a simple reason — because as busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, during this season, we are reminded that there’s something about the resurrection — something about the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything else in perspective,” Obama said.
        Obama told his guests that he knows each of them has considerable responsibilities amidst busy schedules. “But then comes Holy Week,” he said. “The triumph of Palm Sunday. The humility of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. His slow march up that hill, and the pain and the scorn and the shame of the cross.”

        “And we’re reminded that in that moment, he took on the sins of the world — past, present and future — and he extended to us that unfathomable gift of grace and salvation through his death and resurrection,” the president said.

        Obama continued, “This magnificent grace, this expansive grace, this ‘Amazing Grace’ calls me to reflect. And it calls me to pray. It calls me to ask God for forgiveness for the times that I’ve not shown grace to others, those times that I’ve fallen short. It calls me to praise God for the gift of our son — his Son and our Savior.”

        Or more recently at the funeral in Charleston, Obama spoke eloquently of his faith and sang “Amazing Grace.”

        I find all of this talk of Obama being a Muslim as very uninformed.

  9. Pin Law Aung says:

    It doesn’t matter Christan or Muslim. What matters is that he has been doing his greatest job as he should.

  10. ashu says:

    what ever he is muslim or christian obama is bluck star presedent of all 43 previous presedents.he dismises alqayda.

  11. Solaris says:

    Who cares? Americans are a nation of immigrants so it doesn’t make difference if he was borne here or not even some US legislators think Birthright citizenship is outdated , religion is declared free by law in America since the time of founding fathers no matter which Abrahamic one you choose. But the the purpose of electing this African-American guy by American people was to offer their good will and benevolence to the world from Reset of relations with Russia to withdrawal the troops from middle east. These policies have been somewhat successful by chance or the other factors , thank god may he bless America.

  12. Nick Zand says:

    Mr Obama one of the best president is the world has seen. He is educated, talent and serious, wise. He is able to talk any kind of matter better than every one, that I have seen my life. He is a top principle, I think after his presidency he should be run united nation for while.

    The wold need such as him at the moment. American people should be proud of him,he deserve more Nobel price. During his presidency he control directly or indirectly rest of world. please just compare and judge since 1976 till 2005 with his presidency period. world need him to assist and bring more love & generosity… that all it take to enjoy this beautiful life. He done great Job.

    I wishes the best for the rest of his life. Nick Zand

  13. JR says:

    The pool showed that a lot of people live in another world.

  14. Muhammed says:

    Frankly speaking Obama doesn’t favor any religion, he is an atheist backed jewish wealthy friends an Americans were blindfolded to choose him as a president.

  15. Regardless he is still a man & father & husband & the President. He did so much and what he could do to protect his beliefs & what matters is he is the first African/American rightfully a descendant was on his mothers behalf. Which was & is his right to actually run & win. I salute you Mr. Obama & I strive in my lifetime to see & live through, World Peace. You did well thank you so much for caring for the energy & climate & I salute all the work you did world wide. vsg

  16. One pollster reports that he has to explain to his clients almost weekly why their polls has some nonsensical crazy results. It’s even been given a name, “crazification factor,” a number set between 20 – 30%. In the recent CNN poll on Obama, 2% of respondents thought Obama was a Mormon, and 1% that he was Jewish!

    Since before the founding of the United States, the colonists in North America were conspiracy theory minded. Whether it is the “Red Scare” of the 1950’s or denial of the moon landing or the idea that the World Trade Center didn’t collapse because it was hit by a plane, significant numbers of Americans have counter-factual ideas and some reflexively deny the official story about anything. I recall a recent poll that over half of Americans don’t believe the official reports on the Kennedy assassination.

    In the case of President Obama, there is a culture of individuals who advertise these theories that he is a Muslim or foreign born, started as a political smear campaign in 2008, and carrying on beyond the 2012 election. There many web sites that promote these things, which I would call conspiracy theories since they involve a purported massive cover-up by the State of Hawaii, federal law enforcement, the courts, and the media. In the United States there is strong bias in favor of one political party or the other, and it is notable that among those who oppose the Tea Party, there is almost no belief that Obama is foreign born.

  17. Arthur B. says:

    ‘In 2011, in response to a resurgence of the “birther” movement that questioned Obama’s qualification to be president based on their belief he was born outside the U.S., the White House posted a certified copy of his birth certificate…’

    Minor correction: It was in 2008, during his first Presidential run, that Obama’s campaign web site posted a scan of a certified copy of his birth certificate. It was titled “Certification of Live Birth,” and was a so-called “short form” — around 2000, Hawaii (like many other states) switched to abbreviated, computer-generated birth certificates. He became the first presidential candidate in American history to release his birth certificate to the public prior to the election.

    What happened in 2011 was that the President, frustrated with the fact that the birthers refused to accept the short form as legitimate, requested that the Hawaii Department of Health make an exception and create a certified copy of the “long form” that had been the standard in the past.

    Perhaps it was to be expected, but the birthers declined to accept that one too!

  18. mugishabosco says:

    Let me have something to say on your survey,President Obama his being a Muslim or a Christian,i do not delay on that and it doesn’t matter.what i value is his leadership skills,he is a pragmatic leader,decisive leader who pays attention for taking any decision that can have a very great impact on his country.Obama is a person,he is not a God to praise him for the work but thank him for being Analytical leader and cares about the USA’s legacy in front of world eyes.I think that you will recognize him after his office leave.woe to the one who will replace him in the office if h/sh will not be a good imitator.Let him complete his own work your will have a time to conduct surveys and critics.go ahead of your work Sir!

  19. ali baba says:

    the facts
    the Obama half brother is a Muslim and he belong to radical Islam group. his half brother is supporting the Sudan president who was involved in killing 5 million christen

    • Xaaji Dhagax says:

      Immigrants and refugees living in USA ought to know that you are not liable or accountable to terrorism and atrocious criminal activities of your half brother. Unlike third world countries (such as Arab and African countries), USA is nation of rule of law.

  20. Larry L.N. says:

    I am more than sure that Mr. Obama is fixing all the wrong steps that previous politicians have made. I am reading on twitter too many articles / good or bad/ and really very tired of them. My personal question to all of the American Citizens , Residents and other is ; WILL YOU DO BETTER JOB AND REPUTATION FOR THE COUNTRY THAN MR. OBAMA IS DOING ? GUYS HE IS GOTE VERY HARD JOB TO FIX THE ALL BAD ISSUES FROM THE PAST ! My advice to all ! IF YOU SUPPORT YOUR PRESIDENT WITH POSITIVE ATTITUDE HE WILL DO EVEN BETTER JOB FOR ALL OF US ! Please think before you act via your twitter messages to the public. Note: HE SAFE ALREADY THE COUNTRY !

    in my comment was some gram..mistakes. They have been fix.

    • MR KNOWLES says:

      You should go back home because you certainly don’t belong here. This black muslim in office was put there to do exactly what he has done : DESTROY AMERICA…….AND DESTROY CHRISTIANITY. I hope you think it was worth it

      • Mike Beardsley says:

        Are you sure your name isn’t MR KNOWLES NOTHING? Our Black, Christian, intelligent, strong and decent President was “put there” by the patriotic, intelligent, American electorate TWICE !! What will truly destroy America and Christianity are people like you, who go around claiming loudly to the whole world that you are a Christian American when you have no concept of what it means to be either one!

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