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President Obama Finds Greatest Support Among Atheists and Jews

Saturday, October 03, 2009 8:12 AM Comments (0)

Gallup’s Daily Tracking for the month of September found that 65% of American atheists, agnostics and nonreligious approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. The president finds his greatest support from nonreligious and American Jews.

64% of U.S. Jews approve of the job the president is doing. Two-thirds of white Jews (66%) approve of the job Obama is doing, compared with 44% of whites nationwide, 45% of white Catholics, and 37% of white Protestants.

His approval rate among American Jews is in stark contrast to the opinion held by Israeli Jews. A recent poll of Jews in Israel, sponsored by the Jerusalem Post, found only 4% believing Obama’s policies are “pro-Israel.”

Overall, the president’s approval rates have declined, even among his biggest supporters. Nationwide, his approval rating was at 66% in January and has fallen to 52%. Among Jewish supporters, 83% supported him in January. That is now down to 64%.

Surprisingly, Gallup didn’t include the president’s approval ratings among American Muslims. Muslims are not included, Gallup said, because, at less than 0.5% of Gallup’s sample, there are too few cases to analyze in Gallup’s September polling.

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Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.