March Harris Poll:57-67% of GOP Believe Obama is Muslim Socialist
A Harris Poll released this month states that of 2,230 people surveyed, 57% of Republican respondents believe President Obama’s faith is Islam.
Among the other findings in the Harris Poll:
- 67 % of Republicans polled believe that Obama is a socialist
- 45% believe Obama was not born in the United States
- 38 % say that Obama is "doing many of the things that Hitler did"
- 24% believe that Obama is the antichrist, a biblical figure who foretells the end of the world.
Research 2000 and Harris Polls Offer Similar Results
Certain findings in the Harris Poll tend to corroborate earlier polling by Research 2000 in February 2010. The Research 2000 Poll, commissioned by the DailyKos and considered a liberal leaning website, had surveyed about 250 people.
The Research 2000 poll showed 63% of Republicans believed President Obama to be a socialist and only 42% believing he was born in the United States. The variation in the two polls just a month apart reveal 4% more believe President Obama is a socialist, while those who don't the President is a U.S. citizen has dropped 3%.
Right Wing Media Reportage Responsible for Beliefs?
Right wing pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, in conjunction with such sites as WorldNetDaily (WND) and FreeRepublic, have provided coverage of all of the beliefs that have been embraced by those identified as Republicans.
Mainstream Media Addresses Inaccuracies
Coverage of Obama's personal history, faith, and beliefs meant to correct the facts and educate those surveyed in these polls has been available widely since the beginning of his election campaign in 2007, yet it would seem to have been ignored. This includes related articles in:
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