According to a six month Gallup survey, President Obama is very popular with only one group of Americans, Muslims, registering an astounding 72% approval rating. It is a much different story among all Americans as the President scores a weak 43% approval rating.
This new data is from a survey of Americans with religious affiliations that compiled information from 88,000 interviews over the January 1-June 30, 2014 time period. Among all Americans, even Muslims, the President’s approval rating has dropped between five and seven percentage points in the past six months compared to his five year average.
Whereas the vast majority of Muslims love President Obama, Mormons are very disapproving of his leadership and give him only an 18% approval rating. Overall, Christians are not very supportive of the President’s agenda with Catholics giving Obama a 44% approval rating and Protestants only registering 37% support.
It is a different story with Jewish voters with 55% approving of President Obama. While this is strong Jewish support, it does reflect a decline of 7 percentage points from his five year average.
In general, the President does much better with non-Christian voters than with Christian voters. Even though the President has professed his Christian faith, it is obvious that many Christians do not believe his policies are in line with the teachings of their church.
In contrast, Muslims, strongly support the President, even though he has denied following Islam. Muslim Americans have seen the President demonstrate unwavering support for the Palestinian cause, advocate the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt and other countries and show support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
He clearly supported the overthrow of American ally Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and lunatic Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. Whereas the Muslim Brotherhood installed a religious dictatorship in Egypt and plunged the country into turmoil, chaos erupted in Libya and the country is still lawless today.
Muslim Americans have obviously been heartened by the President’s statements regarding their faith. During his speech to the Turkish Parliament on April 6, 2009, the President said that, “The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans.” On June 4, 2009, the President addressed students at Cairo University. He said, “I’m a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and at the fall of dusk.” He also remarked that he knew “Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.”
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