One overlooked item in the new WSJ-NBC poll is new evidence of growing public awareness that Barack Obama is a Christian.
Asked open-ended (without prompts) to identify Obama's religion, 48 percent said he held a Protestant faith, an 11 percentage point increase from March, and up from 18 percent in WSJ-NBC polling in December. Another 2 percent said he is Catholic. (Obama is a member of the United Church of Christ.)
The percentage labeling him a Muslim in the new poll stands at 8 percent, down slightly from 13 percent four months ago. About four in 10, 39 percent, said they are not sure about his religion.
Fox News asked the question in a decidedly different manner in their new poll, but the answers were generally similar: "Some people believe Barack Obama, despite his professed Christianity, is secretly a Muslim. Others say that is just a rumor and Obama really is a Christian as he says, and point out he's attended a Christian church for years. What do you believe -- is Obama a Muslim or a Christian?" Fifty-seven percent answered Christian, 10 percent Muslim, 5 percent volunteered some other religion and 27 percent expressed no opinion.
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