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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Barack Obama, Secret Jew?


The latest Pew Poll (in which Barack Obama leads John McCain 48-40) asks registered voters what religion they think Barack Obama is. Only 57% say that he's Christian. 12% say Muslim. Another 25% don't know. 1% say he's Jewish! (Must be that Aipac speech):

ASK ALL WHO ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE OR PLAN TO REGISTER (REGICERT=1 OR Q.4=1):

Q.50 Now, thinking about Barack Obama’s religious beliefs… Do you happen to know what Barack Obama’s

religion is? Is he Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, agnostic, or something else?

[INTERVIEWERS: IF DON’T KNOW PROBE: “Is that because you’ve heard different things about

his religion, or because you just don’t know enough about him?”]

BASED ON REGISTERED VOTERS [N=1574]:

March

2008

Christian (include volunteers of: Protestant,

57 Church of Christ, Trinity Church, Baptist, Methodist, etc.) 53

1 Jewish *

12 Muslim (include Islam/Islamic) 10

* Buddhist *

* Hindu *

* Atheist *

* Agnostic *

2 Something else 1

10 Don’t know - Heard different things
(VOL.) 9

15 Don’t know - Haven’t heard enough (VOL.) 25

3 Refused (VOL.) 2

100 100

57% seems awfully low. On the other hand, you'd think that Obama, with a few hundred billion dollars to spend, should be able to get that number up to 75% or so by November, which would have to add a couple points to his total support.

--Jonathan Chait

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