Sunday, August 29, 2010


Gallup: Obama’s Approval Highest Among Muslims—78 Percent
Friday, August 27, 2010
By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief

While President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating averaged 48 percent for the first seven months of 2010, it was 78 percent among Muslim Americans, according to the Gallup Poll. That gave the president a higher approval rating among Muslims than among any other religious category reported by the poll.

Members of other non-Christian religions (not including Judaism) gave Obama his second highest approval rating at 64 percent, according to Gallup, and people who described themselves as having no religion, or being agnostics, or atheists gave Obama a 63 percent approval rating.

Mormons gave Obama his lowest approval rating among the religious groups reported by Gallup. In the first seven months of 2010, only 24 percent said they approved of the job Obama was doing. He ranked next lowest among Protestant Americans, who gave him a 43 percent approval rating, then Catholic Americans, who gave him a 50 percent approval rating, and then Jewish Americans, who gave him a 61 percent approval rating.

Despite President Obama’s high approval rating of 78 percent among Muslim Americans during the first seven months of 2010 that was nonetheless still not as high as the approval ratings the president won from Muslim Americans last year. In the first half of 2009, Muslim Americans gave Obama an approval rating of 86 percent. In the second half of 2009, they gave him an approval rating of 83 percent. In all three periods, President Obama's approval rating among Muslim Americans was higher than among any of the other religous groups reported by the Gallup survey.

The latest survey, in which Muslim Americans gave President Obama an approval rating of 78 percent, was completed on July 31, before the president gave a speech at the White House on Aug. 13 defending the right of Muslims to build a mosque in lower Manhattan

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