The impression that Barack Obama is Muslim crosses party lines with 10% of registered voters overall, including 14% of Republicans, 10% of Democrats and 8% of independents, telling I recent Pew poll that they think the Illinois senator is Muslim, compared with 53% who correctly identify him as Christian and about a third who say they don't know what his religious beliefs are. Fully 79% of the public say they have rumors that the Democratic presidential candidate is Muslim. Even among those who say they have heard a lot about the controversy about Obama's affiliation with the United Church of Christ and its controversial minister, the Rev. Wright, 9% still identify Obama as Muslim. Within both parties, ideology is a factor: 16% of conservative Republicans believe Obama is Muslim, compared with 9% of moderates and liberals.

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