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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:26 PM
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Gallup: Obama Approval High Among Muslims, Jews, and Catholics

PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup Poll Daily tracking during President Obama's first 100 days in office finds broad support for him among Americans affiliated with most major U.S. religions. U.S. Muslims and Jews give Obama his highest job approval ratings, at 85% and 79%, respectively. He also receives solid majority support from Roman Catholics (67%) and Protestants (58%), and more approval than disapproval from Mormons.



Obama also enjoys broad support -- 73% approval -- from the sizable group of Americans with no religious affiliation, including those calling themselves atheists or agnostics.

These findings are based on large sample sizes for each religious group contained in the combined Gallup Poll Daily tracking results from Jan. 21-April 29, 2009. This includes interviews with approximately 55,000 Protestants (defined in this study as those who identify themselves either as Protestant or with another non-Catholic Christian religion), 24,000 Catholics, 2,500 Jews, 1,600 Mormons, and 350 Muslims. (Full details of the methodology are provided at the end of this report.)

Catholics Broadly Supportive of Obama

The University of Notre Dame's recent invitation to Obama to deliver its 2009 commencement address -- and the associated decision to confer an honorary doctorate degree on him -- has sparked outrage, protests, and boycotts against the university among some Catholics and Catholic bishops. The critics of that invitation say the university's acts implicitly condone Obama's more liberal positions on abortion and embryonic stem-cell research -- issues of significant disagreement between the Roman Catholic Church and the new president. However, the controversy would seem not to resonate with rank-and-file Catholics, most of whom approve of Obama's job performance to date (and who don't necessarily concur with the church on the relevant policy issues).

Obama's job approval ratings among Catholics and Protestants have varied slightly from week to week since his inauguration, dipping a bit in February and March, but are about the same today as they were in January.





Even Catholics who consider themselves "conservative" politically are more likely to approve than disapprove of Obama's job performance.



Both in the election and now, Jewish and nonreligious Americans' support for Obama has registered way above average. No Gallup or exit-poll data on Muslims or Mormons is available to make the same comparison.



Muslims and Jews United for Obama

The commonality between U.S. Jews and Muslims in their broad approval of Obama is notable given the global friction between Jews and Muslims with respect to Mideast politics.

High U.S. Jewish support for Obama is not surprising given that Jews are traditionally heavily Democratic in their political orientation. Democratic Jews supported Hillary Clinton by a slight margin over Obama in the battle for the Democratic nomination last year, but they gradually came around to supporting him in large numbers for the general election.



Bottom Line

Obama's first 100 days have been successful by just about every public-opinion gauge. More than 6 in 10 Americans say he has met or exceeded their expectations, and a majority of every demographic subgroup of the population -- aside from Republicans and conservatives -- approves of the job he is doing.

Although Obama has dusted up some controversy among conservative Catholics and has stepped into the always-thorny Mideast political fray, his image thus far among Catholics seems untarnished, and his image among Jews, Muslims, and nonreligious Americans is extraordinarily positive. Protestants and Mormons are more conservative in their politics than members of other religions, and thus more moderate in their approval of Obama. But even among these groups, more approve of his job performance than disapprove.
http://www.gallup.com/poll/118120/Obama-Approval-High-A...
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:28 PM
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1. I don't think we've ever seen Presidential job ratings like that before.
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:29 PM
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2. Wow, even Mormons approve of Obama. That's a first.
I don't think Mormons have approved of a Democratic president since LBJ.

:o
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:31 PM
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3. So he is obviously doing something right!
I think this news is outstanding!
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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:31 PM
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4. I hope Notre Dame takes note of this. n/t
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:33 PM
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5. Considering that Obama won the Catholic Vote on election day....
I'm sure that they were aware of this when they extended him an invitation to speak at their commencement ceremony!
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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:43 PM
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7. You're right - I should have said I hope those objecting to his
appearance take note!
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:03 PM
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9. Well a lot of that was due to the Mexican Catholics...
Edited on Sat May-02-09 05:06 PM by Drunken Irishman
And as I've been told by many white Catholics, they don't count (even though from my contact, Mexican Catholics are far more devout than many white Catholics).

However, by the margin of approval here with the Catholic voters, he's getting wide support from white Catholics, too (McCain won that group very narrowly, 52-47). It should be noted Obama was the first candidate since at least 1972 to lose the White Catholic vote and win the election (Kerry lost it 56-43, Gore 52-45, Dukakis 56-43, Mondale 57-42, Carter 51-40 and McGovern 57-42). Much of this, of course, is because of the dwindling number of white ethnic Catholics in this country.

Much of that has to do with the liberalization of religious beliefs and the intermarriage of faiths (back in the 30s and 40s, Irish almost always married Irish and Italians almost aways married Italians, thus they would have Irish/Italian-Catholic children). Today, most of Irish ancestry probably don't marry a partner of Irish ancestry and it's very likely they are either not religious, or don't raise their children in the faith they were raised.

Not to say that happens all the time, but I think around the 1960s, you began to see the decreased importance of white ethnics and that really has proven itself to be the case in last year's election. Which, ultimately, disproved all the data suggesting Obama would lose because of the ethnic white vote in the NE.

Well he didn't. Even though he lost those voters.
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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:34 PM
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6. Wow, impressive, send the Judiciary a liberal
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:48 PM
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8. Recommended. (nt)
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:13 PM
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10. Yay! We "nonreligious" are becoming a recognized group.
:bounce:
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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:14 PM
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11. Rec'd n/t
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:15 PM
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12. Pfft. Like they count.
:rofl:
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:56 PM
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13. CNN said that Black voters giving Obama an A for his first 100 days....
count as 3/5...or so they insinuated!
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:08 PM
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14. They truly can't help themselves.
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spooky3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:35 PM
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15. and the Gallup headline completely ignored the group that ranked third
Edited on Sat May-02-09 06:36 PM by spooky3
if we close your eyes, maybe all those 3/5 and 100% "undesirables" will just go away.
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:36 PM
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16. Catholic here!
:-)
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:15 PM
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17. I'm in there somewhere.
K & R :thumbsup:
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:31 PM
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18. I can just hear the Freepers..........
85% approval among Muslims

:rofl:
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Solomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:47 PM
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19. And don't forget the uber-freepers........
79% approval among Jews.
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:58 PM
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20. Stormfront will crap over that one.
:7
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 03:30 AM
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22. And toss in the 67% of Catholics and their heads explode.
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Lilyeye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 03:23 AM
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21. Thanks for posting.
My idiot PUMA cousin came over my mother's house today and mentioned Obama's approval ratings. She says "Obama only has high ratings because black people are biased and rate him high." So then I explained to her that black people are not the only ones who partake in the poll and showed her this thread and the gallup site. Then she says "those people are just scared to be called racist if they disapprove of him so they lie and say they approve when they really don't." :eyes: These people are so fucking stupid.
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