What does it mean if nearly half of Americans can't name President Obama's religion?
June 25th, 2012
03:24 PM ET

What does it mean if nearly half of Americans can't name President Obama's religion?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Nearly half of Americans can't name President Obama's religion.

A new Gallup Poll shows only 34% of those surveyed correctly say that Obama is a Christian.

11% say he's a Muslim.

8% say Mr. Obama doesn't have a religious affiliation.

And a stunning 44% say they don't know what he is.

Where have these people been living?

President Obama has been in office for three and a half years and went through a grueling campaign to get there. A campaign during which his former minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and his controversial sermons played a key role.

It's just one more example of how uninformed many of us are.

Of course people who don't like the president continue to raise questions about both his religion and his birth place. And it seems that their efforts could be convincing – or at least confusing – some Americans.

The Gallup Poll also found a partisan gap here: Democrats are more likely than Republicans to correctly name the president's religion. In fact, 18% of Republicans say the president is a Muslim. That's nearly 1 in 5 Republicans.

The poll shows Independents are closer to Republicans than to Democrats when it comes to their knowledge of Obama's religion. That might not help the president in November.

Interestingly Americans are more likely to correctly name Mitt Romney's religion. Romney is a Mormon. Only 33% say they don't know that.

Some of that increased awareness when it comes to Romney is no doubt because he ran for president four years ago. A great deal was made of his being a Mormon back then.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean if nearly half of Americans can't name President Obama's religion?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jackson in Rome, Georgia:
It means people don't do their own research and believe what their preferred news outlets tell them to believe. Present company excluded, of course, Jack.

Susan in New Jersey:
Pres. Obama has stated he is Christian. If he is, he rarely seems to practice it. Previous presidents have always had their picture taken coming out of church giving the public the idea he does not think he is God. Pres. Obama has not done this.

Dave in Seattle:
It shouldn't be important. The candidate's ability to run the country is what is important. It's right up there with: boxers or briefs?

It means my suspicions are true: we're kinda dumb over here.

Mark in Topeka, Kansas:
That is a lot better than the same percentage saying "Islam".

Floyd in California:
It's obvious. Half of America is either totally ignorant or Republican.

It confirms our world rating in education. I believe we are 17th. The ignorant will decide this election - or maybe not.

Connie in Indiana:
Let’s see, Jack. 50% of America does not know who the vice president is. 50 % of America doesn't know who you are. I guess it proves we need to be spending more on education not less, or we are wasting what we do spend. For the record, Obama is a Christian. Romney is a moron, sorry I meant Mormon.

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  1. Name*Jimmy in nc

    It is not surprising in that since running from Rev Wright he has been silent on religion. I think the polls must show that religion is unimportant.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  2. June in the windy, smoky west

    It means that nearly half of Americans can be easily fooled by their preachers, the media, or the GOP.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  3. Alex in Wisconsin

    It means you folks in the news media have failed to provide the facts in a clear and concise manner.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  4. Jayne in NH

    The President's religion? That's the least of our worries. These same people can't name the Vice President of the United States! And yet they're urged to vote. Makes no sense.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  5. Dave - Phx

    That most of us don't care, and the rest who do, are the ones who need to examine themselves anyways.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  6. Alex in Wisconsin

    It means you folks in the news media have failed to provide the facts in a clear and concise manner. Seriously, how you can you call yourself "the news" when you can't even convince people of clear cut facts. Might as well get my information from Wikipedia.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  7. David Gerstenfeld

    It means that half can.
    David, Las vegas

    June 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  8. drake mallard

    Separation of church and state
    is a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson (in his 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists) and others expressing an understanding of the intent and function of the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

    The First Amendment provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...." and Article VI specifies that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." The modern concept of a wholly secular government is sometimes credited to the writings of English philosopher John Locke, but the phrase "separation of church and state" in this context is generally traced to a January 1, 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, addressed to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper. Echoing the language of the founder of the first Baptist church in America, Roger Williams—who had written in 1644 of "hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world"— Jefferson wrote, "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."

    the federal endorsement of a deity or religion violates the united states constitution

    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands; one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  9. Patsy, TX

    If people were honest, I bet very few could name the religions of Reagan, Clinton, Bush, etc. In short, it means
    very little. They all went to Church, and that's good enough for me.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  10. Joi Gibson

    It should not mean anything Jack, because what does his religion matter? Separation of church and state. Unless you are one of these right-wing nuts who firmly believe he is Muslim, I would venture to say most of us could care less. This is a bad question and feeds into all the ignorant blabbering about him being the anti-christ, unchristian, Muslim, whatever else they call rudely call him. Jack, Jack, Jack, don't feed the trolls, please.

    West Palm Beach, FL

    June 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  11. Floyd - California

    It's obvious. Half of America is either totally ignorant or Republican. Proof? That is eight years of G. W. Bush.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  12. Ed from California

    First off, who cares what "religion" he is. Second, the half that was asked shouldn't be allowed to vote! What a bunch of idiots!! It's no wonder the teapots have a war on teachers.....most, if not all can't read, write or reason! This is a good lesson for all...don't stay home this election and whine. Go to the polls and vote for your true self best interest.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  13. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: What half of Americans are you referring to? The half who vote or the half who don't vote?

    June 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  14. David of Alexandria, VA

    It probably means that it doesn't matter to them. And it shouldn't unless a President believes in a religion which would dictate his national decisions.or involves sacrificing live animals.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  15. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    It is just more confirmation of the stupidity of the American voters.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  16. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    It means nearly half of American's probably don't care, and that's progress, considering the chaos it brings to the world.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  17. Mel - Houston

    Religion is personal between you and your God. Why should I know President Obama's religion. Frankly, I am not aware what church President Clintion attended. Did Ronald Reagan attend the Church of Scientology like the rest of Hollywood. Of course Jimmy Carter was Baptist because it was reported that he taught Bible class at his home church in Plains, GA while he was President. George H. W. and George W. were Episcopalian, but; I only know that because they lived in Houston and I went to Lamar High School which was accross the street from St. Johns.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  18. Josh

    Which half, the half that voted for him or the other half that didn't? Heck, most in the latter group can't name five U.S. presidents, name the Axis powers in World War 2, or read well enough to confirm that, yes, someone born in Hawaii is in fact an American citizen.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  19. Randy

    Nothing, because more than likely the question was "do you know president obamas religion?", rather than the more relevant question to people of "do you want religion in politics at all?". To this day, I've never heard of a presidents religion putting people to work or feeding hungry children or reigning in corporate and independently wealthy tax dodgers who cost the country trillions in owed revenue.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  20. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Jack it simply means that nearly half of Americans are not focus on his religion and have not been clued into the birth-er/Muslim campaign certain detractors of the President have been advocating for the past three years.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  21. jk in MN

    Most people really don't care what religion he is. I think the only ones who care are the right wing religious zealots – you know the majority of the Birther crowd.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  22. Mario algaze

    It confirms our world rating in education. I beleive we are 17th. The ignorant will decide this election or maybe not.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  23. Gurgyl

    It means nothing-every one knows Obama is a CHRISTIAN, not mormon.....yes, on Obama12.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  24. Ann from Charleston SC

    Maybe it means that nearly half of us do not consider religion a criteria for being president. We may be more interested in how the president acts, how he solves our problems, how he relates to his fellow man and the rest of the world than in which house of worship he attends. Going to church – or synagogue or mosque – doesn't necessarily equate to being a good and decent human being – or a good president.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  25. Jane in CA

    Deliberate disinformation by some "news" media is a good place to start. If you tell a lie often enough some people will believe you. And of course, the more vocally they express support for constitutional government, the more they seem to forget the clause about "no religious test" for office. The religion of a candidate should have no bearing on his qualification for office, which some people work hard to forget. Honesty, integrity, leadership, and good policy thinking are not dependent on which religion you profess. But sometimes the "right" religion is used as an excuse to justify their lack.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  26. Steve

    It probably means he's an athiest. Bill Maher is an athiest who gave Obama a million dollars for his campaign. Athiests stick together, No athiest would ever donate a million dollars to Romney. There's your answer.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  27. Russ in PA

    Goes to show the weakness of a representative democracy, where both parties have pushed for greater impact by government in the lives of average citizens. Basically the parties have succeded in dumbing down Americans into believing that government is the solution, but not the problem. The fact that Americans don't know the Presidents religion is of little consequence when that same President fails to adhere to the Constitution – and Americans pay such actions no mind. Americans are getting what they paid dearly for: worthless money, and elites at ease with destroying your freedom.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  28. Rich McKinney, Texas

    It means that half the people in America could care less what religion Obama worships. Do you really think Obama is worried about what religion his constituents are Jack?

    June 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm |

    Nothing. I'll bet half of the voters can't name Romney's reg, and more importantly don't cace. In fact over half of those who do care don't go to church on a regular basis. METALWORKER in IL

    June 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  30. Mark in Topeka

    That is a lot better than the same percentage saying, "Islam".

    June 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  31. Steve

    That could mean a lot of things, Jack. It could mean that we Americans either don't care about religion as much or we don't care as much about our president's religion as much. Of course, it could also be a combination of both. But then again, who cares? I'd rather be worrying about many of the students in schools across America who can't locate many of the states in our great nation on a map.

    Concord, CA

    June 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  32. Gary H. Boyd

    Until Obama, all American President's have been Christian or Catholic. The fact most folks don't know what Obama's religion is, if he has one, is but one more unknown about his shadowy past which reads like a dime novel. Where he was born, his educational and financial background, work status before politics and whether he holds a current law license are all questions for most. Personally, I think he's a snake oil salesman.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  33. mike (p.a)

    Either they want him to just fix the country or..the republicans to accept he's christian and shut up about it

    June 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  34. Doug Ericson

    I know he is a Protestant of some form, but I don't know which Church he goes to in Washington, DC. I can't remember if he still belongs to the Church he used to go to in Chicago. I think you also have to consider the logistics of going to Church as a President. He probably doesn't go to Church very much now. Actually its easy to guess all the Religeons of Presidents past. Kennedy was a Catholic, and all the rest were Protestant. It would be quite something for Romney to break that mold. Speaking of Religeon, did you know the Queen of England was also the head of the Church of England? I think that is fascinating for some reason. Also, I am not surprised people are confused or don't know about Obama's Religeon. There has been a lot of mis-information put out there by groups opposing him. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  35. ken, atlantic city, nj

    It means you never see obama go to church you only see him raising money for himself.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  36. bonnie from NJ

    I don't think that is such a problem, I don't know it myself, although I believe it is a Christian religion. I also do not know what Bush, Clinton, Bush I or Reagan was. In case anyone forgets, we have this silly thing called separation of church and state. A person does not have to be religious to be moral and ethical. I think the big problem with Obama is not that they don't know what he is, it is the perception that he is Muslim which is unacceptable to many people in this country

    June 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  37. Tom in Desoto, TX

    That we are not a theocracy and the countries problems will not be solved by any aspect of religion. I seem to recall something about separation between church and state. At times when politicians speak of religion I'm waiting to here one of them issue a fatwa against the other party.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  38. s.

    It means my suspicions are true...we're kinda dumb over here. Sorry. (Not really.) Just callin' a spade a spade. 😉

    June 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  39. Jackson from Rome, GA

    It means people don't do their own research and believe what their preferred news outlets tell them to believe.

    Present company excluded, of course, Jack.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  40. Rick, Medina, OH

    If you didn't have notes in front of you, could you?
    He's a non-Catholic Christian, and so what?

    Medina, OH

    June 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  41. Boomer in Mo

    Maybe most Americans are not interested because religion is not their "test" for a politician. They want government out of their pulpits and understand government needs to stay out of everyone's pulpit. Therefore, the President's religion is not important unless they are trying to make it the national religion as some recent presidential candidates might have done if they had made it all the way to the White House.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  42. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    It means that such levels of ignorance are just too depressing to think about.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  43. jacklynd

    It means that the FCC is doing a lousy job of requiring truth in broadcasting. "Journalists" should be pointing out discrepancies and lies and reporting the truth instead of being the instrument of lies and misleading propaganda. More importantly, media outlets are being held in too few hands. Conglomerates holding newspapers and TV stations around the world should be broken up.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  44. Susan

    Not sure whether to be encouraged that they don't automatically assume he's Muslim or appalled that they simply don't know...

    June 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  45. Pete in Georgia

    Well, most liberals will howl "It's totally irrelevant, means nothing, the right wing bigots are just trying to make something out of nothing".
    Step back and ask yourself.................."Where does one get morality and knowing right from wrong from, on the back of a Corn Flakes box " ???

    June 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  46. Ed in Tel Aviv

    It means they don't care...or, they are not listening...or the don't want to believe what Obama is saying....

    June 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  47. Leta

    The Americans doesn't really care about Pres. Obama's religion. You noticed Jack – a different cultural landscape in
    America today – so many religions which Americans are learning to embrace and respect – Catholics, Protestants, Judaism
    Muslim, Buddhism, Mormonism.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  48. Shirley, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Not much. I have several degrees in the study of religion and I'd have a hard time naming what half of Americans believe.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  49. John from Alabama

    Jack: President Obama and Family attends St. John"s AME Church, and AME stands for Africian Methodist Episcopal Church. Believe it or not the Pastor is a White Dude. St. John's is across from the White House. Many Americans should remember, because many of them stated he was a Muslim, which he is not, but if he were it would be Okay. The ultra conservatives still believe he is a muslim, but many times President Obama has stated he is a Christian. The AME Church is a Christian Church, but the Mormon Church is not a Christian Church according to the largest protestant church in America, the Southern Baptist Convention. But what church you attend does not disqualify someone from being President.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  50. calaurore9

    Either it says the country doesn't care has moved on from prejudice and that's a good thing. Or, it means that stereotypes are perpetuated by bigots which is sad. Wish it were the former.


    June 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  51. Pete in Florida

    It means that right-wing media outlets like Fox News and Rush radio have been very effective at keeping a large part of our population misinformed. Unfortunately, the majority of the Republican base are the gullible and the ignorant. It's unfortunate for the rest of us because there's so many of them. Amazing – our elections are decided by folks that prefer fantasy over facts.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  52. Oliver El Paso, TX

    The only president religion I can remember is John Kennedy, because he the only catholic, but I cannot recall all the presidents after him their religion, not even Obama, I do not think religion is important. That why I live in the USA, were freedom of religion is my right. Now if ask about Romney religion, you we get an ear full.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  53. Dave R-Seattle

    It shouldn't be important. The candidate's ability to run the country is what is important. It's right up there with boxers or briefs?

    June 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  54. Ken in Seattle

    It means the wackos on the far right have failed in their attempt to paint President Obama as a Muslim. In spite of the considerable amount of time and effort they've expended to do exactly that, aided and abetted by the right wing media. The American people are apparently a lot smarter than the far right gives them credit for. Thank goodness.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  55. jobdespair

    It means our democracy is sliding away because of pure ignorance. Lafayette, IN

    June 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  56. Loren, Chicago

    Obama has done a good job of hiding his religion, if in fact he subscribes to any. I think that if he has any affinity for a religion it would be Islam, if simply because during the years when religious teaching would have the most influence on his life, he was living in Indonesia with a Moslem stepfather. But given the animosity of Americans to Islam after 9/11, does anyone really think he is going to admit such leanings?

    I would also note that given what he's done in this first term, he's also good at hiding what he's going to do. Otherwise, he wouldn't have so many Democrats mad at him as well for not following through on his campaign promises. They should have know better than to expect any honoring of campaign promises from a follower of the "Chicago Way", his real religion.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  57. Sidney Caldwell

    He is a Christian. I don't know what denomination he is, but it doesn't matter.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  58. Andres Garcia

    what does it mean? well it means that there is a separation of church and state! Honestly, who cares? As long as he isn't out on TV preaching his beliefs then why does it matter? That's the beauty of this country! We can practice any religion as long as it's kept out of politics!!!!!

    June 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  59. Larry, RI

    It means that FOX News and the right wing talk shows are doing their job!

    June 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  60. Wilene Rushing

    The people who don't know what his religion is, don't care what his religion is. Those same people don't know about his other beliefs either.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  61. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    To me it doesn't mean anything but to some who want to make an issue of religion it does. If someone votes for or against someone because of their religious views then they shouldn't be voting but this is America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  62. Phil, georgia

    It means the Evil people have done a great job of distorting, confusing, misleading the vulnerable on an easy issue so just imagine how much work the good people have to do on the complicated issues like Health Care. They Demonize all in the name of power.....

    June 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  63. Connie from Logansport,IN.

    Lets see Jack 50% of American does not know who the vice president is, 50 % of American don't know who you are , I guess it proves we need to be spending more on education not less, or we are wasting what we do spend. For the record he is a Christian , Romney is a moron , sorry I meant Mormon.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  64. wayne, va beach, va

    It's not only his religon, there are lots of things I haven't heard stated. Women that he dated, where he went to high school, grades in collage, who paid for those collages he went to, etc.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  65. SnehDavis

    Simple, it means the average American (about 44%) does not pay attention to what's happening out there.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  66. Lori

    Jack, the only reason for this is that most people don't care about his religion but would rather focus on the job he does. As for more people knowing what religion Romney is, that's only because it's been talked about so often by the media that it seems this should also be a deciding factor in whether he will make a good president or not. Romney's religious beliefs, just as the president's, shouldn't matter at all.

    Centennial, CO

    June 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  67. Chandler in Rockaway, NJ

    Obama is a secular person with no great passion for religion. On the other hand, Romney appears devoted to his religion (anywhere but on the campaign trail). Can half the public name Romney as a Mormon? You know, Mormonism, that insular quasi-Christian sect with a long history of conflict with the US government? The religion within which Romney's great-grandfather practiced polygamy? And yet the public apparently thinks Obama is a Muslim Communist (think about it), while Romney is just fine! We should go back to a monarchy, Jack; our democracy is in ruins.

    June 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  68. Mr. D

    Obama's religion seems to be executive privilege. He has been particularly active in his religion lately. Maybe people will finally understand what his religion is and light a candle for him. That should help shed light on the subject.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  69. Ted

    A better question Jack.....Would a good mormon be a better president than a bad christian.. As far as presidents Obamas' religion goes...He is what ever will get him the most votes.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  70. Charlie in New Mexico

    Perhaps Jack, the "stunning 44% that don't know what religen he is" are like me, and don't care what religion he is. FLASH to ALL !!!!!!! One of the founding principals of this nation IS FREDOM OF RELIGION !!!!!!! Demeaning a person because of their race or religion is UN-American and shameful .....

    June 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  71. Scott

    Jack,It simply mean that religion to some people means nothing,even though our great country was founded on religious freedom,and that our constitution provides for the separation of church and state; religion to some people should have no business in politics, and therefore that is why some don't know,or just don't care. Lest we forget "render to caesar,the things that are caesar's ,and to God what is God's"

    June 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  72. Paul in NC

    It shouldn't mean anything because a person's religious affiliation, or lack thereof, should have no bearing on their qualifications for public office. It does mean that at least one in five Republicans are intentionally stupid; but then we alraedy knew that. Those same Republicans are on a camapaign to stamp out voter fraud. There is rampant fraud in all of our elections. Anyone who walks into a voting booth completely uninformed, or willfully misinformed, about the candidates and the issues is guilty of it.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  73. Joe - New York, New York

    It's scary Jack, but it seems like the republican lie machine has a greater impact than we realized. It also seems to indicate that instead of reporting facts and correcting misinformation, the lazy press just repeats whatever crazy claims are made without vetting them. It seems as though when Walter Cronkite died, he took journalism with him.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  74. curtis in philadelphia

    Jack, it tells me that a lot of people, especially those on the Right, have failed and wasted a lot of time trying to define Obama as a Muslim. The Republicans should be afraid that the American people are now not so easily duped and that "swiftboating" may no longer work.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  75. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    It would be nice if people just respected his right to privacy regarding his faith. Mostly, though, it is because most of those who listen to FoxNews are confused because they are given misinformation without contradiction. Obama is a Christian who goes to church at Camp David. He has a military chaplain. Presidents don't generally have the freedom to join congregations in Washington, because it would force their fellow parishoners to deal with security every week.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  76. mat peregrine

    it means only half the people give a darn.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  77. Susan- NJ

    Pres. Obama has stated he is Christian if he is he rarely seems to practice it. Previous Presidents have ahlways had there picture taken coming out of church giving the public the idea he does not think he is God. Pres. Obama has not done this.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm |

    Sadly, it means that the GOP spin machine has made progress.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  79. Tom (Atlanta)

    Jack, I believe we've turned into a TV remote, sound bite society. I recall Allen Bloom saying we should study the classics in order to understand our society today and the classics he was referring to was not Star Wars. People today simply don't pay attention. The same is true regarding facts about Romney. This fact, gives President a big advantage over Romney because of Obama's charisma which commands unswavering mindless devotion. Hail Ceasar. Hail, hail, oh hail what have we done.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  80. notarichboy

    What it means is that no one can be sure because President Obama seems to flip flop on his religion status depending on what religion the group of people are that he is speaking to. If its a muslim group then he highlights the great aspects of the muslim religion, if its a christian group he speaks of his "daily walk with God" and if its an atheist group then he mocks passages in the bible. I'm not even sure if Obama knows what religion he is!

    June 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  81. Paul from New Jersey

    Simple, religion is a private matter and should remain that way, so I don't really take issue with the presidents religion or the fact that 44% don't know it. Religion for a politician only becomes a problem when candidates introduce their version God into the campaigning and governing process. And, it's a good thing none of the Republicans have ever been known to do that, right Jack?

    June 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  82. Ruth in Indianapolis

    For my part, I am not interested is his religion. I am interested in how he conducts himself as president. I do not believe that religion should have a role in this.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  83. Frank from Connellsville, PA

    I'd like to think it means that voters are more focused on issues that really matter, but I truely doubt it. With less than 1/3 of Americans going to weekly service on any regular basis, how is one's faith really a flash point for anyone. It's a shame we can discuss values and principles that guide someone – if we could get that kind of information then we know how they will lead. In the world of spin – good luck finding anyone with enough backbone to actually take a firm stand on anything.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  84. Allan Hanson Placerville, ca

    It just shows how ill informed most Americans are. They either listen to Rush and his types, which makes them less intelligently informed, or never see what is in the news.
    It doesn't speak highly of the voters. What we get to represent us attests to that.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  85. Dave

    I guess it means Obama doesn't have any core convictions!

    June 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  86. Mark in Houston

    After living in this part of the country for a number of years I discovered you can divide the thinking of most around here into two anti Obama categories ; "I've made up my mind about the President, don't confuse me with facts" or the " I don't know anything about the man or what he's done, I just know he's wrong". Truth and fact are conveniently ignored. Information regarding the President comes from either evangelical crazies or the liars on talk radio. As for your other question "Where have these people been?" They've spent their lives being told how to think by those same two groups.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  87. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    It means his marketing manager, no doubt an MBA (spooky), should be fired in order to get a job in the Republican party.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  88. Fred Allan in Cleveland, Mississippi

    Jack, if nearly half of Americans can't name President Obama's religion, then that says to me that they are uninformed, and they are more out of touch than Mitt Romney.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  89. Sandstone

    "You might say that they don't care if he's a Muslim, but you don't lead me, neither does CNN. There are so many people in the USA that can't even speak any understanding language, don't even live in your world at all. Other's will
    lie just to be indifferent, but there are ten's of millions who know he's a Muslim. Calling himself a Christian after being elected (not before), is just one more lie of thousands."

    June 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  90. al pearis

    That's why this country's in such a mess. Too many uninformed people. I'll bet they know all about Ryan Seacrest.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  91. George in PA

    Well Jack, Politicians seem more and more bent on enforcing the separation of Church and State. Therefore it seems resonable that religious affiliation should be screened out when viewing a Politician's credentials.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  92. NurseLisa in CT

    I would suspect that some of those who said they don't know may have simply heard conflicting reports and since they don't attend church with him, they simply don't know. Cathleen Falsani wrote about Obama's faith while he was a congressman in the God Factor. I'd bet those Repugs that erroneously think he is Muslim also question his citizenship – though by virtue of a parent who is a citizen Mitt's dad who was born in Mexico and even McCain who was born abroad, were both allowed to seek election. Remember the computer programming acronym – "GIGO – garbage in = garbage out."

    June 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  93. chris

    do you think we really give a care theRE ARE MORE PRESSING ISSUES OUT THERE TO WORRY ABOUT THIS

    June 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  94. Ben from Boston


    It means the question is ill-defined: "Do you happen to know the religious faith of Barack Obama?" So some folks are thinking this means a specific denomination and they don't know it. These same folks would say they did not know the religious faith of George Bush either. Of course, the President doesn't often refer to his faith, so there is no reminder there. Also most folks probably remember Rev, Wright but don't know his denomination – and perhaps they think the President is still a member of that denomination that they cannot remember. Finally, some folks probably think that specific religious affiliation isn't that important. All in all, it doesn't mean much that they don't reply "Christian" to a vague question. Nada, Jack, it means nada.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  95. Mark, Oklahoma City, OK

    Jack, I wouldn't put a lot of stock into this poll. If you asked these same people they probably could not name even ONE of the Supreme Court Justices, or who the attorney General is or even the name of the President' family dog. Face it, if it didn't happen on one of those stupid reality shows, most Americans don't know a thing about it.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  96. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    If I had to guess what it means my money would be on misinformation spewed by Rush, The Donald, Fox News, etc. Many uniformed dolts swear that the inuendo, rumors and sometimes blatant lies put forth by the aforementioned extremeists are indeed facts. These "facts" are the very things that they'll base their votes on. So in reality, what it means is that our Presidential election is a very scary thing.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  97. Karen, Idaho

    It means they are stupid! For the past three years and even before that during the campaign, the fact that President Obama is a CHRISTIAN has been forefront in the news. Only Republicans who have had their heads in the sand for the past three years still harp on the Muslim question. HIS RELIGION DOESN'T MATTER. If this is so important, why aren't we hearing more about MORMONISM. That religion is as different as any other odd religion and certainly doesn't have totally Christian ideas.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  98. Pat in Michigan

    Who cares Jack. I would rather know if he is high on cocaine or does he have a tendency to fly off the handle and grab "THE BUTTON" in a rage.Does he believe Jesus left a new bible in a shoebox in Passaic New Jersey under Funk and Wagnells porch. These are the issues that are important.Not the guys religion.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  99. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    Now that I think of it I never really knew what religion any other president has been. I would say most people did not know or care about that. I guess Mr. Obama is a special case, first black president , now we must worry. Dumb Jack really dumb!! Romney is a Morman and I don't care about that either.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  100. marylangley

    Religion does not matter to most people, except to the media and a few right-wing folks. It really does not matter. Maybe he doesn't have a religion. I don't care. I still support him as President. Give this guy a fighting chance, all you haters out there.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  101. Andrew from Regina, SK

    And some people wonder why America ranks 25th when it comes to academic credentials among today's youth.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  102. greg

    What does it mean if nearly half of Americans can't name President Obama's religion?
    It means too many people watch Fox News.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  103. Randy, San Francisco

    The 44% must get their so called news from Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, Coulter, or the FOX news channel.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  104. Ralph from Carterville IL

    The world is full of stupid people. America has more than her share.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  105. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    It means that not everyone watches CNN. Research shows, people who watch FOX News know less than people who don't watch any news at all. There are people who believe there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They believe Saddam Hussein had some connection to 9/11. They believe Paul Revere's ride was a bell ringing, musket firing attempt to warn the British. Those people look up ignoramus in the dictionary, when they should simply change the channel.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  106. AsianGirlsLoveULongTime

    it would be nice for him to tell us what country he was really born in and then we'll ask for religious affiliate

    June 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  107. Jen seattle wa,

    There is no Religion of truth for an Education of hate or Ignoble Ingrates..Had this been scrutinized and not sugar coated the first time he wouldnt have gotten elected .But, Anyone can get elected with John Mccain running for President.Romney should have fought harder the first time and convinced Curmudgeons in Republican party he was right .Now , its like Babylon has risen Inside U.S. and Scorned souls are a dime a dozen..Stop the sexploitaiton of a nation..

    June 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  108. Doug Cantrell

    He is Godless or he would not be pushing issues that go completely against God's word the Bible. Either you do what it says or give it your best shot or you pay no attention to what it says and go your own way–which is exactly what he does.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  109. Osilama Abu from Ontario,Canada

    It is disheartening that you continously pick on irrelevant issues regarding the president in your commentaries.Who cares what religion he is,he is the predisdent of America and not the Religious leader of the a country.Why dont your commentaries focus on issues that help bridge the divides in the society-like asking people what specifics they would want to see the congress and President do to deal with economic problems the nation faces,instead of garbage journalism currently being practiced.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  110. Joe

    Separation of Church and State.... It shouldn't matter!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  111. Jake

    As a Canadian it tells me that the american education system is broken.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  112. acsazp

    It means nothing. It means that most americans are concerned about their job, their neighborhood and just want to be left alone and live their lives.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  113. vicky

    Who cares what religion President Obama belongs to as long as he is a Christian. There is only one God.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  114. Carol, Washington

    Hopefully it means that the Republican right-wingers aren't as influential as they think they are.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  115. Mr. D.E.B.T.

    It means Obama has done a good job distancing himself from Rev. Wright

    June 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  116. Nicholas

    This is ridiculous, people need to turn off fox news and then have a revelation!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  117. Sean from CT

    Proves that propaganda works...

    June 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  118. Irish Seanachie from Maine

    This is America is it not? Maybe the reason most of the people can't name the Presidents religious affiliation is that it is of little or no importance to us. I look at voting patterns of both candidates, I look to see if either has a workable plan and what kind of support they might be able to muster. Religious affiliation isn't on the radar screen.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  119. Jamie

    It just goes to show that too many Americans are simply just ignorant. That's not necessarily to say they're all bigots, but that they're too easily influenced by the bigotry and political opinions of those who should know better. Obama is a Christian, but there are people who don't want you to know it.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  120. Stephanie in Seattle

    I don't really care what religion he is, but if you say you're a Christian, then your beliefs should line up with the bible. I guess I don't understand someone who says they are a Christian, yet seems to disagree with Christ's commands. Why bother? If your faith doesn't dictate your actions and beliefs then what's it for? Also mr obama's little comment about how Jesus would agree with him on taxes comes from the mouth of someone who has no idea of the Character of God. None whatsoever. I just don't see any proof that he's a Christian but...whatever.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  121. bigtime1957

    I am wondering why it matters what his religion is? I thought we are not supposed to judge a person by there Religion, race, but yet seems Republicans Judge more types of people then anyone. And that is not what Religion is about, I think they need to read the bible more.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  122. Matt from NC

    What it means is that the efforts of the Republican/Fox News/Tea Party strategy of telling a lie so many times that it becomes "the truth" sadly works on US.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  123. Sorry

    I assume that the responses are not due to ignorance. They likely do not believe what we have been told Obama's religion is. While he spent time in the controversial Christian church, he probably had some Muslim teaching when in Africa. I assume Obama is an atheist, but puts on the Christian show to not alienate the voters.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  124. Deanna, VA

    What does it matter what his religion is? There is supposed to be a separation between Church and state. Obama's religion shouldn't matter but some people in this country believe that there is no existing separation or are trying to get rid of it. As a religious person, I don't care what his religion is, just what his policies are.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  125. Ray in Knoxville

    It means he's not wearing his religion on his sleeve, Jack, you know, like the majority of presidents we have had.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  126. JJ

    Where have these people been living? Faux Noise.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  127. Steven Russell

    It shows that he understands the founding philosophy of this country, that private institutions should have no affect on the vaules and duties of a political official. Religion only serves as a dividing factor and has no place in elction politics.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  128. TheObserver

    It means that 44% of the eligible electorate are bumkins, dim wits and ditto heads. They shouldn't have the right to vote really given their low intelligence or narrow mindedness, but, sighing, such are the things you have to put up with in a democratic system.
    As some other readers say, "it's a fairly unimportant question beyond the general facts". I don't care what religion my president adheres to, as long as he does his job as best as he can. (I can hear the nay sayers 'would you want a muslim president?'. I don't care as long as he doesn't mix politics with his personal religious beliefs. The moment any president does that, I have an issue, we all have an issue.)

    But for the sake of humor: 44% are the lower half of the bell curve, lol, makes only sense. There are people who still don't think Obama was born an American citizen. Another example. There are people, some recently were even presidential candidates, who believe the earth is only 6,000 some years old>.... Now that is pathetic.

    Next 'fact' about dumb voters?

    June 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  129. Jane

    They don't know because it is not important to them. There are lots of things that are more important than a candidates religion.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  130. Frank from Long Island

    It means that a lot of Americans are not very bright.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  131. Kim in Ohio


    It just means that religion is not the first thing on their mind, what's more important to people right now is finding a job, and the economy

    June 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  132. Earle

    The 44% who don't know what Obama's religion is are right. That is because it doesn't matter.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  133. snowdogg

    I really don't care what the President's [or any other politician's] religion is... just leave it out of politics altogether and I'm OK with that.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  134. Janice Romeo

    It means we're in deep trouble.
    Janice from Seattle

    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  135. Alex — Tacoma, WA

    I think that it is a good example of separation of church and state. Also, I'm glad that people no longer talk about whichever religion he belongs to, it shows that America has become more tolerant.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  136. Sunny Brown

    Perhaps if Pres. Obama spent his Sindays going to church and not the golf course more people would be aware of his religious affiliation.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  137. Jon in Tempe, Arizona

    It means that some people will not believe that Obama is a Christian, that he was born in the United States and that he was not educated in a madrassa in Indonesia simply because they do not want to. These people probably would not support him anyway. Besides, does it matter if Obama is not a Christian? The last I checked there is no religious qualification for president in this country. If he is a muslim or some other religion or no religion there of it should not matter.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  138. Gilbert

    It means that 1/2 of our population has religion waaaaay down on the priority list, and Jack, that is the root of the issues in our country today.


    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  139. dklucius

    it simply means that almost half of the people don't believe half of what Obama has to say

    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  140. calvin

    This is a good thing, we shouldn't focus on what religion our president is. It doesn't matter what he believes in religiously, only what his platform is. It shouldn't matter what his personal beliefs are.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  141. BC in LA

    Our President is a Christian and prays on a daily basis.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  142. numbersdude

    What it means is that most American people believe just what the constitution means when it says "there shall be no test as to religion" when it comes to one's ability to hold office...Kudos to most of us...shame on those of you to whom his religious faith matters

    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  143. undertovv

    Unfortunately it is too obvious. Most Americans are extremely sheep-like, and everyone lies. Especially to alter polls in election years.

    Tim – Arlington, TX

    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  144. loganthyne

    It means that still after all of these years, the American people still look at a man's skin color, and judge him from that. It's sad that after all of the news about Rev. Wright during the 2008 campaign, that people are still stubborn and ignorant about who our president really is.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  145. Brandon Knox

    It means that some people don't care about the president's religion. Separation of church and state means we should care about Obama's politics and leave his spirituality up to him.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  146. Gigi Oregon

    I think the Religious right has caused many to leave the Church and not listen to the republican rhetoric . Even the non believers are turned off by the hatred remarks of the vocal "right" who are often wrong...calling President Obama unflattering names/titles. Their only goal the past 3 years is to make him a one term President.. Many of us realize he has brought hope and change with out responding back to the ugly words of the right.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  147. Jade Ganson

    It goes to show how ignorant the American people have became. We no longer rely on ourselves to find information or read the news, but lean on other people to tell us– this means it could be hear-say or an opinion. We wonder why our country is becoming the most unknowledgeable in the world...

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  148. Derek

    What ever happened to separation of church and state? Seriously, religion shouldn't even be taken account for the presidency. Sadly religion has to much control in our political system.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  149. Jack

    Does it really necessary to bring religion to one's political affairs. if yes what effect does it have in decision making. For me the president's religion does not matter because it does not create job or amenities for the American citizens.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  150. Terry

    Jack: It is quite possible that instead of being ignorant of his faith, some of those individuals don't believe the President is a true Christian. One can say one is a Christian (or anything for that matter), but usually the verification of any category requires some behavioral consistency in support of the said category. I for one, know that he says he is Christian, but I don't believe he's a genuine Christian, because he's not following the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  151. DC

    I don't give a crap about a persons religion. I give a crap on how they represent the American People who elected them into office to act like the public servants they wanted to be!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  152. Tamara in Oregon

    I don't think people "don't know" his religion as much as they don't want to believe it. That would make him more like them, which they can't handle. And it's ironic that some of the people who say he's Muslim are the same ones who tie him to Rev. Wright. You can't have it both ways.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  153. Jeanne Lee Cunningham

    Maybe it means that many people don't think a person's religion or lack thereof SHOULD have anything whatsoever to do with how he/she would perform the duties of the POTUS. Remember that old thing about "separation of church and state?" Just as I don't want to be judged on those things that are not applicable when I apply for a job, I wouldn't want applicants for government jobs to be judged by them either. Did they ask you about YOUR religion when you applied for YOUR job, Jack???

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  154. Joseph Francis

    This is truly ridiculous that in a day and age where information is readily available, ignorance and miseducation is still displayed. Either this was an attempt to discredit our president in order to cast doubt on his intentions and religious beliefs or the people polled are truly mentally deficient. I don't believe the people didn't know. Poll people in New York and other major city and they will get it.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  155. Joyce, South Carolina

    I think that Obama is a Muslim.....He never goes to church on Sundays. He's always appologizing for the US....and he wants the US to be like Europe...What else could he be?

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  156. Ed in Florida

    Jack who cares? Maybe if they cant name the presidents religion its because for 3 and a half years all we have heard about the president from rightwing nutjobs that our president is the antichrist or he is a muslim and not born in america. I know ths much I will be voting for the christian in the upcoming election see if you can figure out who that is.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  157. testpresssite

    Religion may not be the most important/relevant aspect of a president to a number of people.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  158. jadedrachen

    Since one of the corner stones of our government is suppose to be the separation of church and state, the religious beliefs, or lack thereof, of any member of the government should never,ever,ever, be mentioned. I don't care what religion,if any , the President follows.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  159. Michael Grabski

    This is not news. The President's religion is of no concern of the public. It is truly a disservice to the American people that this news organization consider this a topic worth reporting on. When will we as a people see and understand how "issues" like this are minor political plays.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  160. Jason in Colorado Springs

    It means two things. One, people that want to dislike Obama are doing a good job with their false accusations to the point where people don't know what is true, and two, people in this country believe what they are told without doing the research for themselves. There seems to be alot of both in this country.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  161. Vincent Gugliuzza

    Since religion is caught, not taught-President Obama is an atheist as were his parents.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  162. Jack Waldhelm


    Why do you sound so surprised?  There's a lot of people that don't even know who's running against him, or who the current VP is.
    They are wrapped up in their own little world & have no clue what is going on beyond that.
    Surprised that you're so surprised, Jack.

    Jack Waldhelm
    Houston, TX

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  163. Ernie, Marco Island, Fl.

    Half of Americans couldn't find North America on a Globe, we're a nation of morons, with more insight into whats happening on "The Jersey Shore" than worrying about dull stuff like their country.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  164. Jona

    It means that 44% of the population does not watch CNN. I think it's a cable issue

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  165. beyondthearabspring

    It means that half the nation are morons.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  166. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    After Rev. Wright we've heard so much hate and indecent acts by clergy until we're questioning our own ethics and religion.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  167. JJ in Arkansas

    IMany of the 44% who "don't know" Obama's religion, DO know he's a Christian. It's simply an easier fib to say "don't know" than to say "Muslim".

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  168. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    It tells me that people like Donald Trump, Ron Paul, Sarah Palin and others will never be convinced that Obama is a Christian and a natural-born US citizen even if God himself proves that he is. It also says that Americans choose to be ignorant of the facts and wish to continue to attack Obama whenever and wherever they can.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  169. Oday Yousif

    It means absolutely nothing since religion should play no role in government nor should it contribute to how someone votes. That is unless you're one of the ignorant Republicans who will dig up anything they can to make the President look bad.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  170. Steven R Vogel

    It's none of anyone's business. There was a time when the topic of someone's religious beliefs was impolite conversation.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  171. Cardinal49ers

    The fact that many Americans cannot name President Obama's religion means absolutely nothing. His religion is irrelevant, as it does not affect his job performance as president.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  172. Tom, Louisville, KY

    I honestly wish he didn't believe in any religion....religion, the root of all evil

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  173. Terry, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

    It may mean that religious affiliation in politics is not a factor in 2012.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  174. Victor Hand

    The reason for the lack of knowledge is that Mr Obama doesn't appear to be a christian. He doesn't follow the doctrine of christian teachings. Does he attend any church?
    Rev Wright was more political than religious so that doesn't count.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  175. dklucius

    it simply means that almost half of the people don't believe almost half of what he says and considers him a snake oil salesman

    June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  176. Debbie

    Maybe it means it really does not matter one way or another!!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  177. Kathleen - Houston, TX


    It means that President Obama is not leading with his religious affiliation when addressing the citizens of the United States. It also means that many Americans are not paying attention to the evidence or clues that tell them what the President's religious affiliation is: news reports, video of the President and his family attending church or prayer meetings, etc. Many Americans want to notice what they want to notice.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  178. Tim Fetterman

    Jack, it doesn't mean anything if they don't know his religion. We need to keep religion out of politics. The worst thing is that people actually believe he's Muslim. We seriously should have to pass a test to vote in this country. There was a reason why only white male land owners were allowed to vote when this country was founded, they were the only ones with an education! This country is going to hell because we allow idiots with no real stake in the outcome to vote!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  179. numbersdude

    what it means is that most Americans believe what the constitution says when it says "there shall be no test as to religion" when it comes to one's ability to hold office....Kudos to most of us for adhering to this...shame on those of you whom one's faith matters when it comes to holding office!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  180. Lou in Tallahassee

    It means to me that no matter what Mr. Obama says, or the investigative reporters determine in their investigations, there is a concerted effort to dissuade voters, to raise doubt, to disbelieve his policies, his background, and his religion as truly in the mainstream of American life. The voters don't know what to believe–there is simply too much noise and accusatory language on a daily basis.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  181. Kirk

    It means that at least 44% of Americans shouldn't be allowed to vote. I would put it at at least 80%

    June 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  182. Joe Walker

    That's about the same percentage of people who don't vote. Some folks just don't care about this politics crap.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  183. Flyingwolf from Manchester, NH

    This means over 60% of Americans are ignorant and are just waiting for the next season of Jersey Shore.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  184. RDH

    I believe many of the republicans that responded could name his religion but refused, to show their bias against him.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  185. undertovv

    Unfortunately Jack, it's quite simple in fact.
    Americans to put it nicely aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer anymore, and everyone lies (especially in an election year Gallop Poll!)

    Tim – Arlington, TX

    June 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  186. answerman28

    Who cares what kind of fantasy Obama subscribes to? All religions are a joke anyway. Do you care what your dentist or plumber believes in? No its PRIVATE.. as long as he does the job we pay him for let the man be. Its nobodies business but his. If you actually believe a person would make a better president by picking one sky fairy over another one, you really shouldnt be voting in the first place.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  187. Stephanie in Seattle

    This question is stupid. With all the important issues and challenges we face, a question like this is either to help make it look like obama is being unfairly criticized or.... well that's all it can be. Another media outlet stumping for obama.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  188. Linda from Leesburg, FL

    Some people don't want to know the truth, some don't believe the truth, and some still have many prejudices. I am extremely afraid for our country, for our ability to know the truth. More likely though, many just don't want to believe the truth because it doesn't fit their preconceptions or threatens their never changing ideas. Many people are afraid they aren't being told the truth, and don't know how to find out! Unfortunately, many of those seem to be the uneducated part of the conservatives.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  189. manny

    I think Americans are confused about his convictions and what the convictions of a true Christian should be. Going to church once a quarter does not a christian make. A true Christ followers does not support the behaviors of gays for example very fundamental to the religion.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  190. Brendan from Baltimore

    Who cares? Being president isn't a religious position. If it weren't for all the religious wackjobs in the country, he'd probably just come out as an atheist. It's so unfortunate that in this age of science and knowledge, you still have to lie about your religion to keep your job.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  191. MIke J

    It's called racism, genius.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  192. Ken from VA

    It either means there is separation of church and state or separation of brain and head.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  193. McShannon

    Those that call the president a Muslim or other things some invent displays the hate and outright ignorance of the conservative factions.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  194. loganthyne

    It means that after all of these years, that the American people will still judge who you are and what you believe in based on the color of your skin. It's sad that after all of the news about Rev. Wright, a good portion of people are still stubborn and ignorant about who the president really is.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  195. Alexander Thesoso

    A subtle point... There is a difference between what religion someone practices and what someone says is his religion.
    O says he is a Christian. Perhaps, the people are responding to his actions, and are unsure about what he believes.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  196. Gene

    It means that too many voters don't know enough about what's going on to get themselves in out of the rain.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  197. Libby23 from Las Vegas

    It means only 44% of Americans are smart enough to not care what 'religion' someone else is. What IS this obsession with religion?

    June 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  198. southernwonder

    Jack, it means we have too many distractions in our lives, like making a living.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  199. zbtcseipai, AU

    It means half are living in the "twilight zone."

    June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  200. Larry

    Really Jack! What s the point. McCains religion, Clinton, Ford, etc You may remember LIbermans but really does this count for anything. Who cares. cant you focus your questions on important topics? Think hard.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  201. Beth - Portland, Oregon

    I think the bigger question is "Why is religion an issue at all?". To answer the original question, it means that the American public is being led by the loudest and most ill-informed members of the "media" thereby becoming as ignorant and ill-informed as they are.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  202. YS from Omaha, Nebraska

    It means most republicans, unsurprisingly, are as dumb as they come. I don't care what political party you're affiliated with, if you don't know what religion the president is, there are a lot of things wrong with you. It's ridiculous how much scrutiny this particular president has come under since taking office.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  203. Michelle, Casa Grande

    It means that after more than 235 years we are only half way there... the American dream. Which in part was freedom of religion.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  204. Sra. Julia

    It is simple Mr.C. There are a lot of dense people in the U.S.A. and that is being polite! Americans will believe any crap that feeds their fears about conspiracies, and no amount of facts can convince them that they are wrong, ignorant or just plain stupid.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  205. Raymond Banda

    What it means is it's time to do away with political parties! The 44% that can't name his religion are probably the ones who vote for a candidate because of his political party. Problem: Party lines. Solution: No political parties! This way every candidate will have to get their message out as to what they stand for, and people will actually have to listen. It angers me to see my country that I've deployed six times to defend being torn apart from the one enemy I can't fight, itself.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  206. Army Wife

    People can't name his religion because he doesn't have one.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  207. Tom, Leesburg, Virginia

    Perhaps, though unlikely, it means that it doesn't actually matter. The beauty of the U.S. is that religious freedom comes standard and one religion or another shouldn't impact your ability to run for, or be, president. The more likely scenario is that the majority of that 44% are simply hedging their response rather than out-and-out not knowing.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  208. Don M. Emmons

    Frankly Jack, ignorance ain't bliss and bigotry is!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  209. pet

    yeah. How can they know when the simplest of issues are not known to the average american. Ask them what currency the UK uses and i bet you more than half do not know the answer. Talk about ignorance of the American?. Its not even funny.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  210. Chuck Barker Longview, TX

    It means that about half the people have tuned out of real life to immerse themselves into twitter, and facebook, and virtual "friends", and video games, and iPads and Pods, and 3G, and 4G, and all toys that keep them from seeing what's happening to U. S.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  211. JP

    Should it surprise us that we, the public, are so unaware of the world when CNN posts a map showing Wyoming bordering North Dakota and Canada? Montana we hardly knew ye!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  212. mamie wilson

    Jack, I have seen this poll thre times this year, WHY! who cares. I think the world of our president and I an praying for him daily.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  213. Cathy

    Nothing – separation of church and state is more important than knowing the President's religion. He doesn't know mine. Religion is personal and private...and needs to stay that way!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  214. Chris from Slidell, LA

    It means that Republicans are really not that smart. It also means that if they don't know that the President is not a muslim, they probably think that he is not a U.S. citizen. What they need to do is read about him or listen to him instead of just looking at him and the color of his skin.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  215. Linda in Arizona

    Why, after all these years, do you still marvel at the ignorance of the American public? They are proudly uninformed, especially the republicans, and fox viewers. It's pathetic, but also scary. Dumbed down and dangerous, that's our electorate for you.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  216. Wanda

    We are all God' s children.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  217. Jon

    If people cant even find out our President's religion is a mere sight into the future. Its a simple question that half the population of Americans cant answer. I have no faith in the future generation when America has bigger questions to answer.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  218. Luke, Warwick RI

    It means that Romney has a good chance of winning!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  219. WR Jones

    Jack, The Presidents name has a great deal to do with the misconceptions.... If a person's name is Italian you might guess they are Catholic, the place of birth often influences how we perceive a persons religion, and when that persons is ignorant of politics or just doesn't care to get involved hears the name Barrack Obama, they very well may decide the President is Muslim.
    However, I think the real purpose of this question is to remind viewers that Romney is Mormon. Very clever to ask a question that is four years old in a misguided attempt to make Romney's religion an issue.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  220. Jerry Mund, Appleton, WI

    Religion is suffering from a wasting disease and becomes less important day by day. Protestantism is little more than a social institution. The Roman church endures a canker and atrophy of the soul. 100 years ago religion was the center of life; why should anyone even care now.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  221. Chris

    Of course 44% cannot name his religion. For a President who has only attended church twice in the last year, how can you know what he believes. His religion is whatever works for the time being.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  222. Jim D.

    3/4 couldn't name the Vice President. Mainly due to the fact that most kids coming out of school nowadays have to take their shoes off to count to 11 and think that LOL, LMAO, TXT are all appropriately spelled words...

    June 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  223. Eddie L.

    This just goes to show that republicans are much better at playing mind games than democrats. They made such a big deal about President Obama's middle name in 2008, that it scared much of white America. And last time I heard, they make up the majority of the republican party. Who can forget the elderly lady who Mr. McCain so graciously corrected when she mentioned that President Obama was an Arab.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  224. Anthony Wilkins

    Again, the term "Sheeple" explains why so many aren't aware of the facts about the President or anyone else for that matter. When one has no cognitive ability to think for himself, that's what happens!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  225. Sandra

    It may mean that voters are not convinced when Obama says he is a Christian.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  226. Valeria

    I think it means that most people dont know their president. Even if i dont know exactly what his religion is, I can give it a guess instead of having almost half of the people not knowing....

    June 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  227. Roy Berger

    It means that a lot of people could care less about a persons religous affilitation. It matters more to those like you Jack who want to make news out of things that are not newsworthy by the continual stirring up matters that in reality matter very little. Should I check and see what religion you are before I listen to what you have to say Jack or is it not imprortantant?

    June 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  228. RZ70

    For most it is unimportant unless violates the core beliefs of their religion and probably more importantly violates the status quo (which is probably more typically maintained by Congress... Wann get impeached? suggest that the armed forces bow to Mecca daily... doesn't matter if its legal... someone will invent something). There is even an amount of tolerance available if their specific religion is kept out of the public view.

    The tone of your article makes it sound like you're trying to turn religion into an issue. Odd... all things considered.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  229. William L. Quigley

    I disagree with your question's assumption, that nearly half of Americans truly cannot name the president's religious affiliation. Given the ceaseless attention this "issue" has gotten, one would have to have been asleep for the last several years not to know. Almost all Americans CAN name President Obama's religion; those who do not are REFUSING to name it.

    By the way, so much for the separation of church and state.

    William L. Quigley
    Hewlett, NY

    June 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  230. Harry

    Ok I have to ask why does it even matter? We are a Country founded on religious freedom... to practice anything you want. My question is for those that don't know, what affiliation are they? And why is it always about conspiracy, first the birthers, now his religion. The man is a Christian and if he wasn't who cares..... remember that there is to be a division between church and state.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  231. Ed

    There are only two possibilities, they are completely uniformed and detached from current events, or too stubborn or prejudice to believe what the President or real news (not Fox) reports

    June 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  232. Sandra from Texas

    It means that misinformation is a highly effective. It means that some people will believe anything just as long as it's what they want to hear. I think I can sum it up with one statement: "I've already made up my mind, now don't confuse me with the facts".

    June 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  233. Gene

    Not surprising at all. Look at the unqualified people we elect to Congress and other elective positions. Probably 44% are unqualified to vote as they do not have a clue as to what the issues are and the candidates positions on the issues

    June 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  234. Nick from Vancouver Canada

    I don't know why that surprises you Jack. Almost 70% percent of Americans don't even vote, meaning they could could care less who the President will be, let alone what religion he practices! Sheesh!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  235. Ken J-Ontario

    Jack, the USA stopped educating Americans 30 years ago. Is it really a surprise that they don't know Obama's religion! It's not learning how to think that has primed your population for manipulation by the best spin Doctors. Advertising Works, thus the "superpacs" succeed to create the 1st victim of War, " The Truth", and believe me from up here it looks like a War!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  236. Andy

    Honestly, even though I'm a Christian, it's not a big deal to me as I am not surprised. A large number of people in our country say they're Chrisitan, but they don't go to church on Sundays, pray, or even understand what Christian faith really is. Similarly, most of the folks that are overly vocal about their political opinions don't know the facts either. We live in a country where "I could see myself having a beer with THAT guy" is a reason why someone votes for one person versus another, so we have much bigger problems. That said, I would LOVE to see schools AND the media proactively educate the public, with facts to back it up, about what the president and congress are actually say and do in their jobs. For instance, Presidential Candiate # 1 believe this about that and, conversely, Presidential Candidate #2 believes this. Maybe educating the public will help folks understand who believes in what and, more importantly, maybe that education will help our citizens people make more informed decisions in the voting booths as well as in their day to day lives (e.g. teaching fiscal responsibility, inspiring civic duty, etc.).

    June 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  237. southernwonder

    Jack, i tmeans we have lotsa distractions in our lives, like making living.
    housotn, tx

    June 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  238. Carlos

    Who cares what religion he is, he's doing a great job.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  239. Mike from N.C.

    No one will know what your religion is if you're not living it.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  240. Albert - Denver, CO

    I couldn't care less what the President's religious beliefs are. We are a SECULAR country and most of our current troubles are due to religious groups wanting to inflict their beliefs/values on everyone. The same people who complain about over spending are responsible for millions of dollars being spent fighting non-issues like same sex marriage.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  241. Gil Williams

    Jack, I hope that it means is that a seperation of church and state exhiusts in the United Staes. A friend of my family asked his 8 year-old son years ago after moving into a new neighborhood. Do you have any black kids in your new class. To which the son relpied " I don't know dad. I'll check tomorrow". Shouldn't it be the same with the elcetive officet and religeon?

    June 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  242. Steve

    This proves the Republican disinformation campaign is successful.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  243. Jenna Roseville CA

    What does it mean if nearly half of Americans can't name President Obama's religion?

    I for one know that he is a Christian. But that said, since we are suppose to be a SECULAR NATION why doesn it matter which faith (or none) that anyone follows? Who cares if someone is an Atheist, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, etc.. It really doesn't matter to me on bit.

    What I look for in a president is how one behaved in his/her life prior to running for president. Were they helpful in their community, did they care about those who couldn't care for themselves, were they good to their own families, their pets, their neighbors, etc.. Were they bullied or bullies as children/adults. Did they put others before themselves or did they put themselves first.

    These are the questions I ask myself.

    Roseville CA

    June 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  244. chris anderson

    It means, that their heads are in the sand jack! What's worse these people vote, and they're obviously oblivious, to what's going on, a uneducated vote, is a dangerous vote.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  245. Mike (Philadelphia)

    Jack, Jack, Jack! While I like most of your Cafferty file questions, I think this one is the most redundant. Can we pleaseeeee get off the religious question about our President! With all the controversy happening in just about every religion, I'm ok with him not being religious at all. At the end of the day ...Who Cares? I'm starting to think your running out of things to ask. You're beginning to scare me Jack!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  246. GP

    Does it really matter?? While religious beliefs have an impact on social decisions (abortion, capital punishment etc) the issues we face, and at many times cannot address in unison (jobs, economy, budget etc), do not involve religious beliefs and are in my humble opinion much more important in this day and time. Unfortunately the blowholes in the religious right spin social issues up so high our government become paralyzed – focusing on making these people happy so they will vote for them, and the remainder of the hard-working (and jobless) Americans get left in the dust. So no Jack, it does not matter.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  247. Ken from Chicago

    Put this into the context of other statistics: How many can name the VP or SecState or SecDef (or any other cabinet member), or the balance of power in House or Senate? Or even one name of one Supreme Court member even after the recent news naming several? Better yet, how many can figure out why any of these people were chosen? IMO the religion of the President doesn't matter nearly as much as the fact that we elected him. We the People elected our President, and his personal facts are what they are. We the People will also elect the next one, too, and there's nothing any of us can or should do to change that man's religion either.

    People today are more concerned with who won some ball game or what happened on a soap opera than on anything important.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  248. J in Jacksonville

    It could mean that the electorate is either ignorant or doesn't care.
    It won't mean as much as we might think however, because most of them do not excercise their right to vote.
    Ergo, I guess it really means that the nation loses on several levels!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  249. Dustin

    Probably because there is a separation between religion and State. Ever think of that Mr. Cafferty? Visit Clueville. It's a new generation and religion is becoming a much less concern on American's vote/approval.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  250. suesark

    His religion has got NOTHING to do with being President. Nor does the fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormom (considered to be non-Christian). Where people come up with the notion that the POTUS has to be this religion or that, is beyond me. NOWHERE does it say in our Consitution anything about a religious requirement! So, get over it! Really doesn't matter to me what his religion is....or if he even HAS a religion. Totally immaterial!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  251. Pat

    It means you don't understand the question in the same way the average citizen does. I bet most people know that Mr. Obama CLAIMS to be Christian but don't believe he really is. He conveniently interprets Christian teachings to suit his politics and to pander to the left wing of his party. His actions clearly show that he is at best an indifferent Christian but more likely an anti-Christian without any true religious convictions (though he takes great pains to pander to Muslims which is why many suspect that's where his true allegiance lies). He is whittling away at the Freedom of religion enshrined in the Constitution and is embracing the concept espoused by atheists that it should be changed to Freedom FROM reliligion. That is: no citizen should be exposed to any religious ideas. Even if you agree with this or his efforts to force the Catholic Church to commit what they fervently believe are grevious sins keep in mind that in his next term the target could be a Constitutional Freedom you actually care about. Perhaps he will restrict your ability to take out full page ads in USA Today attacking the largest religion in the country? Mr. Obama and his cohorts are not only attacking religion – mostly Christianity – but also the Bill of Rights.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  252. Nancy from San Diego

    I was born when FDR was president. For the next sixty years, social programs were put into place that "promoted the common welfare." Taking care of the old, the sick and the children were considered our responsibility.

    Now all politicians worship at the church of the DIVINE PROFIT.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  253. Dennis O'Dea

    Asking what religion Obama is is confusing... we know what religion he says he is – Christian, but since he was raised in a Muslim environment and acts in favor of a lot of Muslim ideas, is his religion really Muslim ? So those that said they don't know may have given the correct answer.
    Destin Florida

    June 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  254. Arvin Lara

    It means that almost half of Americans are either uninformed or don't give a darn if the president is saying 'Allahu Akbar' or Praise the Lord Jesus Christ.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  255. KevinO from ma

    The underpinning of a democracy is an informed electorate. With just 1/3 paying attention it says we are in serious trouble.
    Kevin Lunenburg Ma

    June 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  256. Weldon Gebhard

    I read his books and am as up to date on REAL news as anyone. Obama has a Religion?

    June 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  257. pat in texas

    It means that 22% are Bi polor and the other 22% are Airheads!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  258. iceload9

    44% is probably the same amount that can't name their congressman

    June 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  259. Archived

    What does it mean if nearly half of Americans can't name President Obama's religion?

    It means it doesn't matter! As long as he governs with the Constitution at the forefront of his decisions, I don't care!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  260. Howard

    It explains their own inability to think for themselves and learn the facts about people. And concurrently, it shows that their own beliefs may have been fed to them in much the same way that their misinformation of the president's religion.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  261. MFC Las Cruces NM

    Unless the respondants are referring to the President's preferred denomination, his professed Christianity is apparent in every speech he gives. Those who claim ignorance of his religion are willfully ignorant or in complete denial.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  262. LeapingMonkeys

    I think the author has this all backwards. We are supposed to be ensuring religious freedom in the US via a strict separation of church and state. Consequently, the religious affiliation of our president should be irrelevant. I would take it one step further and indicate that political candidates should be prohibited from discussing their religious beliefs.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  263. Louis Lemieux

    I'm not stunned at all by the answers you get asking that question because the question is somewhat ambiguous. By asking what religion, do they mean what denomination? If that's the case, I don't know Obama's religion. My religion is Catholic.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  264. Kim

    I base the confusion on 1) his life in Indonesia where he went to a Muslim school, 2) his pre-President religious practice with the Rev. Wright, who was continually angry at white people, and 3) his silence from religion after distancing himself from the Rev when it was no longer politically advantageous for him to keep a connection. Add to that, didn't the White House host a reception for the Muslim Brotherhood a few months ago?

    June 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  265. Adam

    I think it simply means that we Americans hear what we want to hear... facts!? forget it.. that sounds like waaay too much work.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  266. John Montalvo

    Most people don't know Obama's religion becuase most people in America are clueless to anything outside their own surrounding. They could care less about anything, but get angry about everything.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  267. Frankie

    Perhaps it means that there is an intensive and exhaustive effort to completely misinform non-supporters about President Obama and about his goals and accomplishments? (Ohio)

    June 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  268. James

    It might mean that the question wasn't multiple choice. Without looking, does anybody know what denomination George W Bush is? Or Clinton, George HW, or Reagan? I pay fairly close attention to politics, and I couldn't tell you the name of Obama's church offhand. I know he's Christian, but if I'd been asked that question in a phone interview, I'd have been part of the 44%.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  269. Sam Sainju

    Majority of the people in general are stupid everywhere. lower and middle class people are too wrapped up in making a living that they have nothing else to think about. And it is because their livelihood, healthcare, welfare of their children and their retirement depend on the job they hold. Most Upper middle class people (maybe 5%) are too busy kissing their superior's behind because they want to be richer but cannot without doing so. 0.1% super rich control the world by hook and crook. There are few decent people but merely powerless. Need I say more?

    June 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  270. James

    It might mean that the question wasn't multiple choice. Without looking, does anybody know what denomination George W Bush is? Or Clinton, George HW, or Reagan? I pay fairly close attention to politics, and I couldn't tell you the name of Obama's church offhand. I know he's Christian, but if I'd been asked that question in a phone interview, I'd have been part of the 44%.

    – James in Washington, DC

    June 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  271. Beth

    It simply shows that most Americans are uninformed and apathetic. Religion does not have a major impact on candidate choice. Whether President Obama wins re-election or is unseated by Gov. Romney will depend primarily on the state of the economy in October with early voting and continue thru election day.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  272. Kenni (San Antonio, TX)


    Why does religion even matter? It's 2012 and by some account, religion is slowly losing its control over certain groups of people. Those who still live their lives according to ridiculous religious doctrines, are those who believe that Obama is a Muslim despite overwhelming evidence that he is not. You can't win with these people and that's just the way it is. 44% means one of three things: 1. religion no longer matters, 2. the education system truly is going to hell in this country, or 3. that racism is more prevalent than it has ever been. Right about now, lucky #2 and #3 seems to be hitting the jackpot big time.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  273. S Downey

    44% don't know and that's exactly why the Republican Party plays up the fear-mongering...Ignorant people, who are dumb enough to believe anything.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  274. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    His religion is of no interest to me. What I care about is he is intelligent, educated, and does he care about this county and has he done everything possible to help the country recover even with the Tea Party Republicans doing everything possible to make him fail. The answer to all questions is a resounding "Yes". But, you will hear a totaly different story from the likes of Fox News. I often wonder how they keep their broadcasting license – the truth seems to escape them.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  275. Alex

    Honestly, I don't think Obama is really a Christian, nor do I think he's a Muslim. He's probably indifferent or an outright atheist. Also, that fact doesn't bother me at all. His policies however, bother me a great deal.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  276. Peter

    How can the same crowd who went nuts about Obama's 20-year affiliation with a BAPTIST church now claim that he is a Muslim?

    June 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  277. Jeff

    The unfounded, indeed absurd, racist rhetoric from the far right about President Obama's religion and origin of birth has served the same purpose as the aluminum confetti that military aircraft used to deploy to confuse opposing radar systems.

    Many people need to indulge in more deductive reasoning.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  278. Brian

    Most people probably thought the question was what church or what specific denomination is he currently affiliated with and the answer is none at the present time. Most people know the President is no longer affiliated with the Muslim faith of his childhood, thus his quote " No more beautiful sound than the Muslim call to prayer". They also recall he abandomed the "I Hate America" Christian church of Jeramiah Wright after 20 years when it became a political liability to go to his church of choice. After that he has never specified any religious affiliation or become a member of any congregation and thus most Americans correctly specify they "don't know" because the President himself clearly doesn't know himself

    June 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  279. Nancy from Maryland

    It means that 44% of Americans don't care enough to investigate. I don't know what religion George Bush practiced, or Ronald Reagan, or the elder George Bush. What religion was Gerry Ford, Richard Nixon, or LBJ?? Jack Kennedy was
    a Catholic, Jimmy Carter is a Baptist, and Bill Clinton is a Methodist.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  280. Objectively Moderate

    Some organizations don't want the President to be known as a Christian because it hurts their campaign (GOP) and others don't want him to be knows as a Christian because it hurts their readership potential (media).

    June 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  281. Rich

    Without taking into account to what degree the respondents care about religion at all, or which candidate they are likely to vote for, this information is more interesting than useful.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  282. Reggie53

    We all know that Obama's father was M u s l i m. Obama was brought up in Indonesia with his mother and his M u s l i m stepfather. He also went to a M u s l i m school so he does have that religion in his childhood days. That is the reason why he cannot reallt say he is a true christian because he does have some of the indoctrination ih his life and it just does not go away like that. The media does not want to acknowledge that fact because it seems they quicker accept him than accept a Mormon person whose religion does not have that extreme pathetic ideology. Americans have really forgotten 9/11 and what happened to innocent individuals from this radical ideology. We really do have short memories!!!!!!!!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  283. Robert Swanson - Newport Beach, California


    They are not "uniformed", they are confused. If it acts like a duck, walks like a duck, but say it is a swan, most folks will correctly think it's a duck.

    President Obama celebrates Muslim holidays and event, rarely attends Christian activities, bows to the Saudi King, was raised and educated with Muslim influences, and a host of other events and circumstances leading to the conclusion that he is not a Christian, but a Muslim.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  284. Brian in Toronto

    It means they have a terribly short attention span and probably could not find their state on a map. The US education system has failed generations of students. You reap what you sow.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  285. Greenspam

    Can Americans name Rmoney's religion, or does that depend on the blow of the wind?

    June 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  286. Libby23 from Las Vegas

    As religion goes the only thing Americans care about is that the President RELIGIOUSLY defends and protects the US Constitution.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  287. Malcolm H. San Diego, CA

    For starters, the President's religious beliefs have no business in politics or even the media for that matter. His and his family's beliefs are a private matter, something that most people in the USA seem to forget. His religious beliefs have nothing to do with balancing out our down-in-the-gutter-economy, equality for ALL (legal) citizens, foreign relations, yadda yadda yadda. As to Americans not knowing his religious beliefs, I'm sure the list could be quite long. Seems to me it goes to show too many Americans these days don't pay attention to those representing their state/country. Many will believe in anything they hear from some misguided leader. Doesn't have no clue how to use Google, or are just plain stupid. Or like me, just doesn't give a damn.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  288. Phil

    I bet you will get better percentage of Canadians will know the correct answer. Why ?? Global warming, that and blatant lies from politicians have baked your citizens brains. They no longer can tell what is true about anything.
    Did you know that Mitt Romney gets the credit for the car bail out ?? And did you know that Obama spent $200,000,000.00 a day on a trip to India or somewhere over there.
    It’s true, ask any republican.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  289. Reggie53

    Just imagine I can type the word Christian but I cannot type M u s l i m as I did christian. Its not politically correct and we are living in the free world ......AMERICA.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  290. gailb59

    Maybe the conservatives are right, just because your born in the US doesn't mean you should be granted automatic citizenship, maybe you should have to prove your worthiness, like being about to correctly name you presidents religion.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  291. Scott

    Most people don't think he's Christian, because everything he says and does goes against Christianity.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  292. Angela DuBose Tahoe, California

    I believe the reason why most Americans do not know President Obama's religion, which he professes to be Chrisitian, is two-fold.  Firstly, your reporting is inadequate and slip-shod at best. Perhaps, if you weren't so biased and interested in promoting your own liberal agenda, you would have taken note of that which does matter – and religion still matters in this country.  Secondly, if Obama were to actually base his policies, actions, and ideologies upon Christian dictates clearly outlined in the Bible, both Old and New Testament, perhaps there would be no confusion.  That, in my opinion, is why most Americans do not know or trust that President Obama is a christian.

    Angela DuBose
    Tahoe, California

    June 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  293. Todd from San Francisco

    Sadly and I truly mean sadly, it means ignorance, prejudice, inflexible. It's preaching truth to stupid. And these characteristics....this apparent way of life in our once great nation is perhaps......the saddest commentary and biggest threat to our counry today.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  294. Steve

    It means that a majority of Americans are too stupid to vote. That is why we get what we get in government, both state and federal. Americans are the worst informed electorate in the world because so many believe only what they want to believe and never look for the truth, because that might mean they are wrong. And you know, that Americans hate being wrong more than they love being right.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  295. Art Glick

    Could it mean that half the public either doesn't care or doesn't think it should be an issue with respect to secular matters?

    Art in West Virginia

    June 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  296. Brian

    Can you name the religious affiliation of the past 10 presidents? Probably less than 1% of Americans can. Only because a Morman and a man raised in the Muslim faith are running for president does the press even talk about this. If the media could be honest they would have to admit that they are determined to make the Mormon faith an issue for Romney and Religion no issue at all for Obama.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  297. awakeat23

    My optimistic self would like to think it means religion isn't that important but who am I kidding? Just shows how ignorant these people are and I bet they can't tell you what happened May 2 of last year either!

    June 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  298. Jason, from Chandler, AZ

    It means that there is a glimmer of hope out there. Let's face it; religion is a personal choice. More than anything, it's a source of strength and a source of answers for people who would otherwise feel less grounded without the perpetual embrace that religion gives them. The problem is that when we create exclusive "clubs" out of each distinct religion, we lean toward the very opposite of "united." This is The United States of America. It is the very nature of this country to welcome nationalities and religions from all stretches of the world here. We are supposed to be able to feel like despite our differences, we can unite here as one... if only here in America. The fact that half of American's don't know what Obama's religion is suggests that maybe it just doesn't really matter.... which it doesn't. I don't even know what Obama's religion is... it really makes no difference.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  299. r.landschoot

    all it means, Jack, is referring to the Bob Hope joke, when he was asked to something religious he took up a collection. Of course, your're too young to know that joke,

    bobl ocala,fl

    June 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  300. Ed from SWFl

    Ditto on the Caffery report. But, what I find unbelieveable with all the religious arguments against abortion and gay and lesbian issues is the conservative Bible belt has not rejected Romneys Morman teachings. I know both parties have said religion will be discussed with dignity but in the end I wonder how long that will last. I consider myself a Christian. I am a Christian who believes there was a Jesus and can live with and embrace his teaching. I have problems with the Churchs dogma and the Bibles unquestionable correctness. I guess I am a Heathen. I have read the Mormons 13 Articles of Fath and would be at the bottom of the pecking order if that was Christian. If I understand it the Book of Mormon is the Word of God and The Bible needs to be correctly interpreted by Mormons. If the Republicans do not understand Obama is a Christian where is this backlash that Mormonism with us first and Bible second and its only a select few get to the Happy hereafter trip? I am sorry but for this Heathen the only word that comes to mind is CULT.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  301. Ed in Sacramento

    Communism, that's a State sponsored religion...right?

    June 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  302. Mickey D

    it means they're having a little fun with you Jack, they know the answer.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  303. Robert - Dallas

    Perhaps it is the question. I know he is a Christian, but was unsure of the specific affiliation. That may be why there are som many "I don't know" answers. As far as those who think he is a Muslim, well that is simply representative of those who have left their brain at the door and allowed FoxNews to tell them what to think.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  304. rATL

    It shouldn't matter to anyone. Elected official should be forbidden from discussing religion in any form. Separation between church and state! Elected leaders need to focus on fixing real life issues and stop worrying about who believes in what sky fairy or other nonsense.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  305. WC

    If the polls are accurate, it means that a large percentage of the American populace are about as stupid as the beauty contestants who didn't know who the V-P is Joe Biden.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  306. James in South Dakota


    Absolutely Nothing! Remember most people are making this up as they go along. Tomorrow the President will be a Buddhist if it fits their agenda.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  307. Sean

    34% of americans probably can't name the three branches of government either

    June 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  308. chicago7

    I don't know why it's "stunning" that a high percentage of Americans don't know their President's religious affiliation. It's none of their business. As long as no one else is harmed by it, one's religion is no one's business but their own. American soldiers died for that freedom.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  309. Ogechi Anyanwu

    Jack, Winston Churchill already answered that question when he said: “The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.” If half of Americans are unable to respond accurately to the basic question about the president's religion, why should we thrust them to elect leaders at all levels. So sad.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  310. Fred Evil

    "I couldn't tell you the name of Obama's church offhand."
    Neither could I, but I know he is a xtian.
    Not that that counts for much in my book.
    And I couldn't care less what CHURCH he went to. I'd rather he went to none at all, at least then I could know he made his decisions based on FACTS and REALITY, and not some superstitious mumbo-jumbo.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  311. James in South Dakota

    Absolutely Nothing! Remember most people are making this up as they go along. Tomorrow the President will be a Buddhist if it fits their agenda

    June 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  312. Bryan

    While I did know the president's religious affiliation, I don't think it should matter much. Just because he is a Christian doesn't mean he's dumb or anything. I know plenty of Christians that are smart and they don't even necessarily believe the bible literally, so many are open to more scientific explanations of things. There are religions that believe things that seem much more ridiculous than what Christians believe so for me his religion doesn't disqualify him as a president.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  313. Cary

    Translation 44% are idiots and 11% are total morons. The statistics have nothing to do with religion but reflect how aware of their world and how close minded some are in this country.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  314. Zooni

    Welcome to stupidsville. You can't be a world leading country if it's full of dumb. What will the future bring. Decline.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  315. joe249a

    Christianity is a broad form of many different religions. Quick Jack (and anybody else) what Christian religion is Obama?

    June 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  316. jon thomas

    Here's the reason the nation is so uninformed, Ratings: everyday an elective official or a well known commentator with an axe to grind against the president screams out the most outlandish statements for all to hear and you the media, in your quest for ratings, carrry that insane message. If you (media) were after the truth, you would not give a voice nor a platform to these loud mouth idiots which only helps to distort the truth about this president.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  317. TNPatriot

    Jack, what it means is that half the people they surveyed were tea party sheep.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm |