Religion

Obama's Highest Approval Rating Is Among U.S. Muslims, Poll Says

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Among U.S. religious groups, Muslims show overwhelming approval of President Barack Obama, while Mormons are the most dissatisfied, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.

About 72 percent of followers of Islam approve of Obama, while 78 percent of Mormon’s disapprove of the president.

The poll results were based on interviews taken from January to June 2014. Obama’s approval rating overall was 43 percent.

About 51 percent of Catholics and 58 percent of Protestants are dissatisfied with Obama. This is likely due to the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

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Obama's former "Pastor in Chief" Joshua DuBois described him as “a deeply faithful president,” although conspiracy theorists and critics have referred to him as the “first Muslim president.”

"People are going to believe any range of things about any leader of the country," DuBois told ABC News during a 2013 interview. "All the President can do is live out his Christian walk every single day. The detractors will do their detracting, but at the end of the day it's about his relationship with God and that relationship, from all that I can tell, is strong."

Those surveyed who follow no religion or identify as atheist reported a 54 percent approval rating.

Jewish Americans showed a 55 percent approval rating, despite comments Thursday from conservative pundit Ben Shapiro who insists the administration is anti-Jew.

“This is an anti-Israel administration. It’s the first administration in American history that is obviously anti-Israel. It’s borderline a Jew-hating administration,” Shapiro told Fox News’ “The Kelly File” on Thursday.

Sources: New York Daily News, Mediaite

Image credit: White House, Gallup