'Odd' Views Persist on Obama's Religion: Poll

'Makes it difficult to trust the results': blogger
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2012 5:45 PM CDT
President Obama smiles as he leaves after addressing the 67th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(Newser) – The AP released a shocking poll this week showing that racism is up across America and could cost Obama 5 points—but that poll also contains some weird numbers, blogs mollie at Patheos. First, the less weird: Only 10% think he's Muslim—down from 17% in 2010—while about a quarter still say he's Protestant and about one in 20 say he's Catholic. "It’s not uncommon to see slight variations in data over two years," writes mollie of the Protestant and Catholic numbers. "That all seems reasonable."

But the poll also finds that 18% think he's Jewish and 35% say he has no religion at all—both huge spikes from 0% and 2%, respectively. Plus, only 2% say they don't know his religion, down from 41% two years ago. Who knows what it means, "but it’s exceedingly hard to buy the idea that we’d see this many changes in just two years," blogs mollie. "It also makes it difficult to trust the overall results of the poll." Click for mollie's full blog. (Read more racism stories.)

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