Washington: The White House insisted on Thursday
that President Barack Obama is a Christian who prays daily as
it looked to tamp down growing doubts among Americans about
the president`s religion.
White House spokesman Bill Burton made the remarks hours
after a poll showed that nearly one in five people, or 18 per
cent, said they think Obama is Muslim.
That was up from 11 per cent who said so in March 2009.
The survey also showed that just 34 per cent said Obama
is Christian, down from 48 per cent who said so last year. The
largest share of people, 43 per cent, said they don`t know his
As Obama left for a vacation, Burton told reporters
aboard Air Force One that most Americans care more about the
economy and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and "they are not
reading a lot of news about what religion the president is."
Burton added, "The president is obviously a Christian. He
The survey, conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Research
Center and its affiliated Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life,
is based on interviews conducted before the controversy over
whether Muslims should be permitted to construct a mosque near
the World Trade Center site.