Obama’s Religion Unknown to 66% of all Americans (most know Romney’s)

This past week Gallup published two separate surveys of over 1,000 American adults reflecting their understanding of President Obama’s and Governor Romney’s religions.

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

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3 Responses to Obama’s Religion Unknown to 66% of all Americans (most know Romney’s)

  1. AfricansforRomney says:

    It is obvious, many people knows Gov Romney’s religion b/c the media endless discussion on his faith, religon (most of the time in a very negative tones) hoping that people will be turned off from voting. My problem with the bias media is that when it comes to Obama’s religion it is off the topic, but they don’t practice the same standard to Gov Romney.

    Of course, Obama is a christian b/c he was attending Rev Wright’s a christian church over 20 years. What bothers me is that he never talked about his father side ofislam relgion openly in ’08. I mean children have no control what their parents religions are so, he shouldn’t be ashamed of his father relgion, though.

    I understand the separation of state and religion however, Obama seems uncomfortable mentioning God in a public settings. There’s a sense i find very odd about him. Clearly, the poll reflecting his attitude. He always inject Islam, Buddah or other relgion in a major “Christan” holiday celebration day. He’s just typical radical lefty. I guess, he doens’t want to offend “others”. Actually, it feels that Christianity is under attack with Obama admin more than ever. It is not only obama-care, but there’s a war against just for the word of “God” in schools, in children play grounds…

    Personally, i’m a one day per year churchgoer however, i really, really missed seeing the Bushs even Clintons proudly carrying a Bible walking to the Church on Sundays. I think it is a nice symbol/comfort knowing that the POTUS is man of faith. I cannot wait to see Gov Romney and Ann :-)

    Ummm… how you repaire the moral decline? I think it is equally important for fixing our economy.

    Gov Romney=Man of Faith!=Trustworthy!

  2. Enheduana says:

    Dear Vic - my thoughts, as promised.

    People know less about Barak Obama’s faith - not surprising. He doesn’t carry it ahead of him for publicity purposes. Rightly so - and rather typical for a Protestant. Gov Romney is comparably unknown - you don’t have year’s of experiencing him. So people want to find another way of judging his character - and his faith seems to be a convenient starting point for many. (I’m not so sure it is, actually.)

    What we know about somebody is not so much what they tell us themselves - but what others say (and write). So much has been said and written about President Obama - his faith doesn’t feature all that often. And why would it? Apologies … It might be important for the Americans, but it’s not for the rest of the world. Even where I’m writing from (United Kingdom), I knew that Gov Romney is a Mormon - before I could spell his name. The power of the media? Personal interest of those who write the stories? The only thing that worries me about that study is the number of people who still believe that the President is a Muslim - what have they been doing in the last five years I wonder. Have they followed the news at all??? They are voters, after all.

    I don’t understand what makes you conclude “That may suggest that a certain percentage of the populace knows that Obama professes a Christian faith but doesn’t believe him.” The study was not about whether or not people believe either of the two men, it was about what they know. And to many, which religion they belong to might just not be all to important. Again, this was not part of the poll.

    Happy to continue this exchange! I’m not American - but whatever happens in America, it will impact on the whole world.

  3. Enheduana:

    Thank you for your note back. Much appreciated.

    To your first paragraph: I don’t know that I agree with your answering the “why” question. If your argument stands for Romney, why did it not stand for Obama before he was elected? If it did, Americans would know far more about Obama’s religious affiliation than they do of Romney’s. Why? Because they would have performed the same “judging exploration” you mention 5-6 years ago and they would have had his 3 1/2 year after that to get to know him even better.

    Americans are only beginning to get to know Romney.

    To your third paragraph: That “conclusion” is not mine. The three paragraphs in the blue indented portion above are direct copies from the survey’s “Implications” or opinions. I was simply quoting their conclusions (if you click on the two links in the first paragraph and read the survey results, you will find the quote there).

    I did not make any conclusions in this post myself. I simply wrote what I found to be fascinating about these two surveys. That was my main purpose for posting them.

    It is my opinion that Americans have had a good six years to fully understand everything about Obama and Americans as a whole (not just the active Republicans, which are very few) are not even paying attention to politics yet and they already know much more about Romney’s religious affiliation than they do of Obama’s. I simply find that fact fascinating.