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Of all major religions in America, Muslims really like Obama the most

August 27, 2010 |  3:16 am

Democrat president Barack Obama speaks at White House Iftar dinner in the White House 8-13-10 supporting a new mosque near 9-11 Ground Zero site

As a group, Americans of the Muslim faith give Barack Obama the highest job approval rating of any major religion.

A new Gallup Poll of 275,000 adults this morning finds that while the Democrat's overall approval ratings have dropped across all faiths -- even those Americans without any -- Muslims continue to approve of him the most. And you'll never guess which faith based in Utah thinks the least of the 44th president's job.

Seventy-eight percent of Muslims (down from 86% after Obama's inauguration) now approve of the president's 19-month job performance, while less than one-in-four Mormons (24%) do (down from 43%).

Catholics' job approval has fallen from 67% to 50%. Protestants' from 58% to 43%. Jews' from....

...77% to 61%. Other non-Christian religions' from 74% to 64%. And atheist/agnostic from 75% to 63%, believe it or not.

Overall, Gallup finds Americans' approval of Obama's job has dropped in the same time-span from 63% to 48%.

While consistently declining across faiths, Obama, who describes his own faith as Christian, has lost more among Mormons and least among Muslims, a group his administration has made special outreach efforts toward.

A separate poll last week (see Related Items below) found that nearly one-in-five Americans thought Obama himself was Muslim, while nearly halfway through his term, nearly half of the country didn't know what faith Obama holds.

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-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Associated Press (Obama announces his support of a mosque near ground zero at a White House Iftar dinner during Ramadan).

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