Obama, long mistaken for a Muslim, has huge following among U.S. Muslims


U.S. President Barack Obama stops at Franklin Barbecue during a visit to Austin, Texas July 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Misinformed voters -- not to mention conspiracy theorists -- have long believed that President Obama is a Muslim rather than a Christian. That number has reached as high as nearly one-fifth of all Americans and 30 percent of conservatives.

He's not. But he is hugely popular among the U.S. Muslim community.

A new poll from Gallup shows 72 percent of American Muslims rate Obama favorably. That's his best rating among religious groups -- by far.

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At the other end of the spectrum are Mormons, just 18 percent of whom approve of Obama.

It's no surprise that Mormons disapprove of Obama, given how heavily conservative they are.

The numbers for Muslim Americans shouldn't be surprising either, as they are heavily Democratic. Numbers from the Pew Research Center show 63 percent of Muslims are Democrats or lean Democratic, compared to just 11 percent who lean the other way.

Obama has also made a point in his presidency to reach out to the Muslim world -- at least internationally.

Muslims have stuck by Obama more than basically any other group. Their support is down just 14 points from when Obama first took office. Every other group is down at least 20 points.

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Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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