23% of Texans Say Obama Is Muslim

Fraction under mistaken impression much greater than 5-10% nationally: poll
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2008 2:01 PM CDT
The New Yorker's controversial cover from July 21, 2008, was meant to satirize the rumor that Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Nearly a quarter of Texas voters still believe Barack Obama is a Muslim, the Houston Chronicle reports. Polling shows 23% of registered voters there buy internet-fueled rumors the Democrat is hiding his Islamic faith—compared to just 5-10% of voters nationwide. The same poll gives John McCain a comfortable lead over Obama, at 51%- 40%.