Saturday, July 12, 2014

Yes, the first muslim president

The relative rank order of the religious groups on job approval has been consistent throughout Obama's presidency....the current rank order, with Muslims most approving and Mormons least, exactly matches the order seen over the more than five years in office....

Disfavored by Protestants, Catholics and Mormons, loved by Jews, atheists and followers of other religions (presumably Hindus, Jains, Sikhs,...).

But yes, loved dearly, passionately, consistently by muslims. How much of  this is backlash from the Tea Party folks claiming that Obama is a secret muslim? We have observed an automatic -bhai attached to Obama by believers (because his dad was a muslim). Folks also fondly remember the iconic Cairo speech he gave, extending a hand in friendship to all muslims. Who was at fault for the unrealized promises? Well, make a guess, go on!!!

Obama in our opinion is too smart to be much of a believer. Earlier presidents (and their wives) have made a big show of attending the church. But after his pastor was found out to be too radical, Obama has kept his religious side under wraps. His enemies would have never forgiven him anyway. And now he has a lot of friends to choose from, mostly black and brown in skin tone. Praise be to the Lord (Allah).
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PRINCETON, NJ -- Seventy-two percent of U.S. Muslims approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing as president during the first six months of 2014, higher than any other U.S. religious group Gallup tracks. Mormons were least approving, at 18%.  

In general, majorities of those in non-Christian religions -- including those who do not affiliate with any religion -- approved of Obama, while less than a majority of those in the three major Christian religious groups did.


Obama Job Approval, by Religion, January-June 2014
The results are based on aggregated data from more than 88,000 Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted in the first six months of 2014 -- a time when the president averaged 43% job approval among all Americans. Gallup interviewed 552 Muslims and at least 1,700 respondents in every other religious group during this time.
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The United States remains a predominantly Christian nation, with roughly half of Americans identifying with a Protestant religion and another quarter identifying as Catholics. Thus, the opinions of these Christian groups are by far the most influential in determining Obama's overall ratings.
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The relative rank order of the religious groups on job approval has been consistent throughout Obama's presidency. In fact, the current rank order, with Muslims most approving and Mormons least, exactly matches the order seen over the more than five years he has been in office since January 2009.
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Moreover, current job approval among each religious subgroup is between five and seven percentage points lower than the full 2009-2014 average for each. Obama's current 43% overall job approval average is five points lower than his 48% average so far in his presidency.


Comparison of President Obama's January-June 2014 Job Approval to His Presidency's Average, by Religion
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In general, when Obama's approval rating has dropped among all Americans, his approval rating in each religious subgroup has dropped by a similar amount. 

The accompanying graph shows how Obama's average approval rating among Protestants, Catholics, and Mormons has compared with the average among all Americans over time. Because the movement in each religious group has shadowed the national movement, Mormons have been least approving of Obama in each time period. Protestants have been consistently below the national average, and Catholics slightly above it.


Trend in President Obama Approval Among Protestants, Catholics, and Mormons
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Similarly, Muslims have been the most approving among the religious groups in each time period. Jewish Americans and Americans with no religious preference have also exceeded the national average job approval in each time period, tracking each other closely.


Trend in President Obama Approval Among Muslims, Jews, and Those With No Religious Affiliation

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Link: http://www.gallup.com/poll/172442/muslims-approving-obama-mormons-least.aspx


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