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UI Hawkeye Poll: 42 percent of voters can’t identify Obama’s religion

By T.M. Lindsey | 10.15.08 | 9:19 am

Despite all of the media attention surrounding Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama’s Christian faith, including his connection to the controversial former Pastor Emeritus Jeremiah Wright of the Trinity United Church of Christ, nearly 42 percent of registered voters nationwide still cannot identify Obama’s religion, a University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll shows.

“It’s surprising: Despite all the campaigning and intense media coverage, the percentage of American voters who believe Obama is Muslim has not gone down as much as we might expect since a similar Pew study in June, which found that 12 percent believe he is,” said Hawkeye Poll Director David Redlawsk, associate professor of political science in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

In the national poll of 680 registered voters conducted Oct. 1-11, 8.4 percent of all respondents considered Obama Muslim, and 33.4 percent could not name his religion when asked in an open-ended question to identify it.

One thing has changed since the Pew poll: The percentage of Democrats who mistake Obama’s religion dropped notably, while the percentage of Republicans who do went up. In June, the percentage was equal regardless of party. Now, the Hawkeye Poll shows that 14 percent of Republicans say Obama is Muslim, compared to only 5.5 percent of Democrats and 4.8 percent of independents.

In the Hawkeye Poll, 39 percent of Republicans and 37 percent of independents did not know Obama’s religion, compared to less than one-quarter of Democrats. Likewise, almost 70 percent of Democrats correctly identified him as Christian, compared just 46.3 percent of Republicans and 57.5 percent of independents.

“That’s a difference of over 20 percentage points between Republicans and Democrats on perceptions of Obama’s Christian religion,” said Hawkeye Poll Co-Director Caroline Tolbert, associate professor of political science at the UI. “Media coverage or online information sources linking Obama to the Muslim religion may be responsible for the misinformation.”

Another possible factor responsible for voters mistaking Obama’s religion may be tied to a voter’s education level, the poll found. Seventy-two percent of those who believe Obama is Muslim have not graduated from college.

Moreover, the poll found that nearly 14 percent of those who identify themselves as born-again or evangelical Christian think Obama is a Muslim, compared to 6.6 percent of non-evangelical voters.

The University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll is directed by David Redlawsk and co-directed by Caroline Tolbert, associate professors of political science in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The poll is a teaching, research and service project of the Department of Political Science and is housed at the UI’s Social Science Research Center. The university’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost provided funding for the poll.

Comments

  • RegularJoe

    Sounds like if your an uneducated fundie republican, you're clueless (or perhaps anencephalic) . After scanning the dial on the radio while driving along Iowa's west coast, attending a McCain/Palin event in Cedar Rapids, and watching Fox News, I'm not at all surprised. Imagine if people actually *researched* and *thought* instead of just binging and purging what the raving wrong wing ( Radical Rants, IrReverend Conrad, Ku Klux King, et al) spew…

    Some people's kids…

    • Netter

      Ok then, tell us why you believe Obama is better on foreign policy than McCain, please?

      • RegularJoe

        Never said I did believe Obama is better on foreign policy (I do, but it's irrelevant to the issue at hand). I'm not really interested in herrings, red or otherwise, so let's get back on topic.
        The point of the article, and my postings, is that a large percentage of people do not know basic facts about the next leader of the free world, and it seems that if you are GOP, you're less likely to know what Obama's religion is…same if you're under- (or un-) educated, same if you're a fundamentalist. Combine all three, and chances are you're waaay off base…not necessarily any one particular person (say, you), just statistically. It's hard to make a rational decision about someone when you don't know the facts…even harder if you have a strong belief in 'facts' which are false, wrong, erroneous, imaginary.
        Whether Obama's personal faith is relevant to the job he's applied for could make an interesting topic for a future discussion, but who a person's invisible friend is isn't irrelevant to the premise of this discussion.
        Thanks for asking.

        • Netter

          RegJoe, what feeds YOUR prejudices? If GOP prejudice flows out of ignorance, mis-information and dogma, then please extol the virtues of being an Obama worshipper so GOPs everywhere can become enlightened. I wish we could stop the ridicule factor in political discussions. I find liberals/democrats to be extremely mocking, antagonistic people who care little about respecting others and preserving dignity. Also, if you think that religion- or lack of- isn't a huge player in what motivates or guides a person, you are limited in your power of reason. Theocracies are usually oppressive and repressive forces in a culture. Ideologies are important too – research 'Afrocentrist separatist' and see if you like that model for America.

  • JKIR

    Obama's religion is Obamaism. Now, everybody got that straight? If he sat in a church for 20 years that spewed racist venom, either he didn't listen or is a racist. Or, he is the typical politician and was just there looking for voters. In any event, he certainly doesn't personify Christian values. He should have tried to “change” the attitudes that were being perpetuated right there in his own home turf.

    • RegularJoe

      Care to explain what your version of “Christian values” entails, and perhaps who exactly does “personify” them? I notice the fundies don't seem to, except for those few choice bits they like. Hypocritical people piss me and God off.

      Some people's kids…

      • JKIR

        My idea of a Christian value is standing up when lies are spoken and speaking out against them. I really don't know too much about the “Fundies” because I am Methodist–Open hearts, open minds, etc. I generally lean left but this has been a tough election period. I dislike Obama's tactics of pretending to be “above the fray” while his campaign and supporters smear, distort and suppress other people's viewpoints.

    • Netter

      JKIR, you may appreciate this Howard Stern clip ” Do Obama Supporters Know the Difference Between Obama McCain Policies?….http://entertainmentjam.polijam.com/?p=337

      • JKIR

        Thank you, Netter. That really says a lot about blacks voting for Obama. They want it really bad. I wish I could vote for O because I do think it's “their turn” but this guy just doesn't work for me. I'm holding out for someone I can trust a little more. McCain isn't perfect by any means, either. It's just a tough year to be an American, LOL. Perhaps you will find this interesting: http://www.pennypresslv.com/Obama%27s_Use_of_Hi…

  • Kwaayesnama

    I do not care if a person worships as a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, or Jew. I do not care if a candidate is black or white. I do not care if a candidate is a war hero, I do not care is a candidate is a republican or a democrat. All I care about is if the candidate is intelligent enough to get this nation out of the mess we are in now.

    I am an Arizona Republican but I will not be voting for John McCain. Why? Because, with the problems in the US and the world is facing today the nation needs intelligence in the White House.

    Lets see my choice is John McCain or that smart black man Barack Obama?

    McCain who does not know how to use a computer but is willing to learn if we elect him – I’ll just vote for that smart black man.

    My Choices are: John McCain who says the economic downturn is psychological? – Na! I'll vote for the smart black man.

    McCain who says you are better off under George Bush? – Nope I'll vote for the smart black man.

    Mc Cain who wants to continue killing more people looking for weapons of mass destruction that do not exist? – Gee! I'll vote for the smart black man.

    McCain who believes that we should stay the course but is not willing to support the people he puts in harms way. – I'll take a chance on the smart black man.

    Should I vote for a man that does not know that 9-11 was caused by Osama Bin Laden not Sedam Hussein? – Easy! I'll vote for the smart black man.

    Vote for the man who does not know if the Sunnis or Sheits are our enemies? – No way I'll vote for the smart black man.

    Vote for the man who helped put our government on the China, Saudi Arabia credit card? – Not a chance I'll vote for the smart black man.

    Vote for the man with the worst temper in the Senate to have his finger on the nuclear button? – No way – I’m voting for the smart black man, Barack Obama.

  • Netter

    HOW OFFENSIVE!!!!!
    “Another possible factor responsible for voters mistaking Obama’s religion may be tied to a voter’s education level, the poll found. Seventy-two percent of those who believe Obama is Muslim have not graduated from college. Moreover, the poll found that nearly 14 percent of those who identify themselves as born-again or evangelical Christian think Obama is a Muslim, compared to 6.6 percent of non-evangelical voters.”

    COULDN'T BE SOMETHING BIASED IN THE POLLING QUESTIONS, COULD THERE? Many thinking, educated people have legitimate concerns about the influence of Obama's formative years. And, it would seem that in his political years it was expedient to partner-up with a Christian identity (albeit, a variant form of Christianity).

    Here's a source of some good reading (esp Wright101): http://www.eppc.org/ spelling out many of the reasons why McCain is the only choice for this period in American history. I really feel that Obama needs to cure a bit longer in the Congress and run for President when we have a better handle on the state of foreign affairs in the Middle East. Here's an informative link on the complexities of the troops withdrawal timeline: http://www.understandingwar.org/timeline-sofa-n…. As you read these things, bear in mind the controversies over Obama's heritage and ask yourself this, how can I be assured that Obama has a deeper loyalty to America and American Heritage than he does for his father's kin and sharia law? I do NOT believe Obama is a terrorist. I believe he is an important leader of this nation and a fascinating man with something important to contribute to this society. However, since Obama is not inclined to make a public confession of his Christian faith, it is not out of line to wonder if his studies of the Quran between the formative years of 2 and 10 took seed in his heart. I think he needs more wisdom and judgement before being handed this heavy baton in foreign policy. I am fearful of the star status and the amount of campaign funding coming from Islamic nations to Obama (http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/08/obamas_d…), as well as how the likes of Louis Farrakhan perceive Obama's rise to power. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha5HEc-vOJs

  • Netter

    RegJoe, what feeds YOUR prejudices? If GOP prejudice flows out of ignorance, mis-information and dogma, then please extol the virtues of being an Obama worshipper so GOPs everywhere can become enlightened. I wish we could stop the ridicule factor in political discussions. I find liberals/democrats to be extremely mocking, antagonistic people who care little about respecting others and preserving dignity. Also, if you think that religion- or lack of- isn't a huge player in what motivates or guides a person, you are limited in your power of reason. Theocracies are usually oppressive and repressive forces in a culture. Ideologies are important too – research 'Afrocentrist separatist' and see if you like that model for America.

  • Netter

    RegJoe, what feeds YOUR prejudices? If GOP prejudice flows out of ignorance, mis-information and dogma, then please extol the virtues of being an Obama worshipper so GOPs everywhere can become enlightened. I wish we could stop the ridicule factor in political discussions. I find liberals/democrats to be extremely mocking, antagonistic people who care little about respecting others and preserving dignity. Also, if you think that religion- or lack of- isn't a huge player in what motivates or guides a person, you are limited in your power of reason. Theocracies are usually oppressive and repressive forces in a culture. Ideologies are important too – research 'Afrocentrist separatist' and see if you like that model for America.

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