One in five Americans think Obama is a Muslim


Photo: Erica Joy.

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 18 percent of people believe that president Barack Obama is a muslim, up from 11 percent last year. The number who know that he is a Christian is now down to 34 percent. Most of the rest, 43 percent, don't know. Sixty percent of those who say Obama is a Muslim cite the media.

For an idea of how set-in this particular meme is, it appears from the stats that there are a few Republicans out there who think he's a muslim but do not disapprove of his performance. In other words, we are to the point where Obama's islamitude is so deeply baked into the conservative hyperreality that some there approve of their muslim president.