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Obama's Religion

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.

By Jon Cohen  |  July 25, 2008; 10:41 AM ET
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It is a sad day in America if people go to the polls and vote for Obama without being aware of his religious beliefs.

It will be a sad day and the beginning of something horrific.

Posted by: Carla Murphy | July 25, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

It will be a good day for America when people go to the poll to vote for Obama because he is the best candidate plus he is a christian that believes in Jesus Christ and he practices his christianity. We need someone to be president who is not like McCain who believes war solves all problems. Obama believes in peace which Jesus came to this world that we may have peace. God bless you Obama as being the next US president.

Posted by: lclon | July 25, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse


One basic tenet the Founding Fathers set forth was that the state and church shall be separate, though President Bush and Sen. Barack Obama don't abide by that.

Obama now says he would expand the former's faith-based initiatives to give religious charities more equal footing in getting federal taxpayer dollars. He also would increase social services spending, starting with $500 million a year for a summer program to speed up the studies of 1 million poor children.

Much of those taxpayer dollars, of course, would be channeled to religious charities, which is one of Obama's favorite pastimes. As a state senator, he shipped $225,000 of Illinois taxpayer money to Father Michael Pfleger for his charitable programs, and as a U.S. senator, he sent the priest another $100,000 of federal taxpayer money.

Then there's the bill he sponsored to send billions of our federal taxpayer dollars to help poverty-stricken African nations and a few small non-African nations.

Sen. Obama stated early in his campaign that he'd change the way politics are conducted in Washington. The foregoing pet projects that he has funded and would earmark taxpayer dollars to fund certainly reveal that it is not the pork-barreling of politics he intends to change.

Posted by: Steve | July 26, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

The wording of the FOX poll question tells us all we need to know about FOX's extreme tilt to the right.

By their deeds shall ye know them.

Posted by: Mark R. | July 27, 2008 5:15 AM | Report abuse

Religion shouldn't be the biggest issue in this race. It shouldn't matter if he's Muslim, Christian, or Buddhist. The economy is the most important right now. We just need somebody to pick us back up on our feet and take us out of the huge hole we have dug ourselves.

Posted by: Brianne | July 27, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

It will be a great day when Americans go to the polls and vote for a presidential candidate without knowing, and without caring, what his religious beliefs are. The voters will then be living up to the obligation imposed upon them by Article VI of the Constitution, which states, "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

Posted by: Bill | July 27, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I think it's good news for Obama that only 10% of Fox viewers mistakenly think he's a Muslim, given the fact that the PIPA poll showed Fox viewers to be the least informed of all voters.

Posted by: diogeron | July 28, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

"Holders of office shall not be put to a religious test..."

Posted by: Larry | July 29, 2008 6:43 AM | Report abuse

About Foxs News: viewers are the least informed, beacause I use to watch fox news. FoxNews is not to be trusted. they work on fear. A Republican Mouth piece. I'm sorry that it took me so many years to find out

Posted by: maria | August 4, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

OK so he's a Christian you say- Obama shall make a new symbol unto himself but first let's get some other answers:
Why has he refused to release these basic documents?

With less than 90 days to go, Team Obama has not yet released the following fairly routine requests for documents. Surely we. the People have the right to know who we are going to entrust with our country before we give him the keys to the White House.

1.Certified Copy of original Birth certificate
2.Columbia College records
3.Columbia Thesis paper
4.Certification of Live Birth showing where born
5.Harvard College records
6.Illinois State Senate records
7.Illinois State Senate schedule
8.Law practice client list and billing records/summary
9.Locations and names of all half-siblings and step-mothers
10Medical records (only the one page summary released so far)
11.Occidental College records
12.Parent's Marriage Certificate
13.Record of baptism
14.Selective Service Registration
15.Trips schedules for trips outside of the United States before 2007
16.Scholarly articles
17.Campaign donor analysis requested by 7 major watchdog groups

Posted by: priscilla | August 11, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I find the ignorance of Americans amazing. People must have their heads in the sand if they don't know Obama's religion. Whether or not you agree or disagree with him, base your vote on sound judgment, not rumors. It is a tragedy that we are not teaching more Americans to be critical thinkers.

Posted by: Lora | August 11, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama is definitely a christian and actually, nowadays, religion does not really matter. We find so much information on internet about every faith that a President's faith will have no impact on making a certain religion popular or unpopular.
Associating a muslim faith with being un-american is totally illogical. Regarding "war on terror" America's prominent close allies are Muslims anyway (Musharraf, Hamed Karzai, Saudi Kings, Dubai's business community, etc. etc). The terrorists are only handful who are also enemies of moderate muslims. And moderate muslims need US support and it is in their business interest to be a friend of USA.

Posted by: Jade | August 11, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

If Obama really is a Christian he belongs to a very strange church. What kind of congregation has a pastor that continually preached nonsense such as America invented AIDs to eliminate African Americans? I guess it's the "blame everything on the white man" denomination?

Incredibly Obama had his religious revelation at the same time he entered politics in Illinois. What an amazing coincidence!

Posted by: wiseman4 | August 12, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

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