Growing number of Americans believe Obama a Muslim

There is a lot of media handwringing this morning over a poll indicating 18 percent of the American public (up from 11 percent in March, 2009) believe President Obama is a Muslim. The AP's headline on its article about the poll sets the tone: "Poll: Growing number incorrectly call Obama Muslim." The Washington Post puts its disapproval in the lead of its story on the poll: The number of Americans who believe -- wrongly -- that President Obama is a Muslim has increased significantly since his inauguration and now account for nearly 20 percent of the nation's population.Of course, blame for this is easy to identify for the worried WaPo journos: The president's religion, like his place of birth, has been the subject of Internet-spread rumors and falsehoods since before he began his presidential campaign, and the poll indicates that those rumors have gained currency since Obama took office. The number of people who now correctly identify Obama as a Christian has dropped to 34...(Read Full Post)

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