Seventy-two percent of Muslims in the U.S. approved of President Barack Obama's job performance during the first six months of 2014, significantly higher than his ratings overall (43%) or with any other religious group in the U.S., a new Gallup poll finds.
Less than 50% of Catholics, Protestants, and Mormons approved of Obama's job performance - with Mormons being the least approving religious group, at 18%.
Obama only received a majority approval rating from religions that were non-Christian: from Muslims, non-Christians, Jewish or atheist/no religion he received above 50% with the highest rating from Muslims at 72%.
Because the United States is predominantly Christian and Muslims make up a tiny minority of the population overall, Christians' ratings of the President are far more influential than those of minority religions (like Muslims or Jews) who give Obama higher ratings.
The current lineup, with Muslims most approving and Mormons least approving, has remained exactly the same over five years since Obama came to office, Gallup notes.
Obama's favorable ratings have fallen in every religious group between 5 to 7 percentage points.Gallup aggregated data from over 88,000 tracking interviews conducted daily during the first six months of 2014.