Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thoughts on the Obama/Muslim Poll

Much is being made of a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center indicating that 18% of Americans believe President Obama is a Muslim.

In 2008 and 2009, this was the sentiment of 11 to 12% of the population.

When you consider all the controversy surrounding the Ground Zero Mosque the timing of this poll is rather conspicious. By releasing this poll and emphasizing the increase in the number of Americans who believe Obama is a Muslim the liberal media can now infer that opposition to Ground Zero Mosque is rooted in intolerance and being driven by delusional thinking (i.e. Obama is a Muslim).

But let's put that into perspective. Half as many Americans think Obama is Muslim as do those who think the attacks of September 11, 2001 were an "inside job." A 2006 poll conducted by Scripps Howard/Ohio University concluded that 36% of Americans believed the U.S. government was involved in the 9/11 attacks.

For the record I don't believe Obama is a Muslim and frankly it is irrelevant to me. All I care about is what he says and what he does in his capacity as President of the United States.

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