WASHINGTON: A majority of Republicans (54 percent) consider Barack Obama as a Muslim, while just 29 percent believe that he was a US-born, a US national poll revealed.
40 per cent of US citizens believe Canadian-born Ted Cruz was born in the United States.
When the same questions were posed to only Donald Trump supporters, the results were even more depressing.
Sixty-six per cent of Trump’s supporters believe that Obama is a Muslim and 61 per cent believe he was not born in the US.
Pope Francis (R) and US President Barack Obama laugh as they exchange gifts during a private audience on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. The meeting at the Vatican comes as a welcome rest-stop for Obama during a six-day European tour dominated by the crisis over Crimea, and the US leader will doubtless be hoping some of the pope’s overwhelming popularity will rub off on him. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB
Trump’s supporters represent the largest proportion in line with these beliefs, but they aren’t alone in them.
Only among the supporters of John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio are there more people who think President Obama was born in the United States than those who do not.
In addition only among the supporters of Christie, Kasich and Bush are there more who believe he is a Christian, not a Muslim.
These misconceptions about Obama are not the first to emerge this week.