Southern Republicans Still Don’t Believe Obama’s a Christian

Southern Republicans Still Don’t Believe Obama’s a Christian

Republican voters in Alabama and Mississippi believe that the president is a Muslim.

Published March 13, 2012

Is it his name or his skin color? How else to explain why questions about President Obama’s religion still exist? In a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey of Republican voters in Mississippi and Alabama, respondents were asked whether the president is a Christian or a Muslim. A majority chose the latter.


The survey starts off with the usual questions about which Republican presidential candidate the respondents support to gauge how each will fare in Tuesday’s Southern primary contests. Then, just for the heck of it, question 22 takes this curious turn.


Do you think Barack Obama is a Christian or a Muslim, or are you not sure?, the survey wants to know.


In Alabama, 45 percent said Obama is a Muslim and 41 percent said they were not sure. Fifty-two percent of respondents in the Mississippi survey said the president is a Muslim, while 36 percent said they were unsure. A majority of the people surveyed in both states also said they do not believe in evolution.


Obama has repeatedly said that he is a Christian and whenever he and the First Family don their Sunday-go-to-meeting duds and head to a local church in Washington, the outing often gets a lot of media play.


It could be the fact that he has to constantly deny being a Muslim that keeps the question alive. But perhaps the bigger question is why PPP asked voters about the president’s religion in the first place.


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Written by Joyce Jones


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