Muslims give Obama high marks over first half of 2014

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Muslims approve of the job President Obama is doing much more than any other religious group in the United States, a new poll said Friday.

The Gallup Poll showed that 72 percent of Muslims gave Mr. Obama good marks during the first half of the year, compared to 18 percent of Mormons, who gave him the poorest marks.

Meanwhile, more than half of Jewish and non-religious voters approved of the job Mr. Obama was doing. It was lower among Catholics, 45 percent, and Protestants/other Christians, 37 percent.

“In general, majorities of those in non-Christian religions — including those who do not affiliate with any religion — approved of Obama, while less than a majority of those in the three major Christian religious groups did,” the poll analysis said. “The United States remains a predominantly Christian nation, with roughly half of Americans identifying with a Protestant religion and another quarter identifying as Catholics. Thus, the opinions of these Christian groups are by far the most influential in determining Obama’s overall ratings.”

The results were based on aggregated data from more than 88,000 Gallup Daily tracking interviews done during the first half of 2014. Gallup said it interviewed 552 Muslim and at least 1,700 respondents in every other religious group.

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