I found these data to be interesting for several reasons. The most fascinating of these however is the fact that though Americans know a lot more about President Obama by comparison to Governor Romney, they are far less likely to correctly identify President Obama’s religion. Survey results show that 43% of Americans could not identify Romney’s religion whereas a whopping 66% could not identify Obama’s! I never would have guessed these perceptions — in fact, my estimates would have been reversed.
A similar slice of the data measured what Americans actually know about their respective religions. Again, this was a huge surprise to me. Most Americans are just now getting to “know” Governor Romney whereas the vast majority of Americans have had at least five years to get to “know” President Obama. Only 33% of Americans do not know what Romney’s religion is compared with 44% that do not know Obama’s religion! Absolutely fascinating! At the conclusion of each survey’s results, Gallup provides its “Implications” opinion (see first paragraph above for links to the results of each survey).
Today the Los Angeles Times published an article titled, “Poll: Most Americans do not identify Obama as Christian” and offers its opinions:
The poll released Friday shows that just 34% of Americans can identify Obama as a Christian or, more specifically, as a Protestant. Eleven percent remain convinced that he is Muslim, and 44% say they don’t know.
In contrast to Obama, Republican Mitt Romney rarely speaks about his faith, yet Gallup found that 57% of Americans could correctly identify him as a Mormon.
That may suggest that a certain percentage of the populace knows that Obama professes a Christian faith but doesn’t believe him. [...]
NOTE: I have studied Barack Obama’s life and background for about five years and there has never been any doubt in my mind that President Obama’s religion has been Christian most of his adult life. I am confident my opinion is shared by all the other contributors to this website.
Number of days until Mitt Romney is elected President: 136