After months of campaigning, many voters still do not think Barack Obama is a Christian. This is an amazing statistic because widespread information and news properly identifies Obama as a Christian with overwhelming evidence.
In a Kentucky survey, Obama was identified by 61% of the people as a Christian, 14% picked Muslim, 1% said he was Catholic, 12% said other and 12% did not know.
A breakdown of the 14% who identified Obama as Muslim included 28% of Republicans, 4% of Democrats and 11% of independents who believed that was true.
Those numbers suggest that many who oppose Obama have closed their mind to information that might make him appear favorable to them. Republicans have access to the same information as Democrats, yet there is a 24% gap between the parties in those who identify him as a Muslim.
The same question was asked of McCain and 82% identified him as a Christian. McCain was identified by 6% as an evangelical, 3% as a Catholic, 2% as other and 7% were unsure.
Among whites, only 58% correctly identified Obama as a Christian, but 82% of blacks made the correct association.
Again, these numbers suggest that the belief that Obama is not a Christian is not because of a lack of information proving otherwise, but because voters uncomfortable with him are using questions about his religious beliefs as an excuse to vote against him. Just as Democrats and Republicans have access to the same information, so do whites and blacks, yet it appears that more of Barack Obama’s supporters correctly identify him as a Christian while a higher percentage of his detractors want to identify him as a Muslim.