Recent studies have shown that nearly one in five Americans think that Obama is Muslim, which consists of 18% of the population. This shows an 8% increase from last year’s statistics. Americans who believe that he is a Christian are down to %34. Meanwhile, a majority of 43% Americans are not aware of his religion, which increased by 9% over the past year.

The survey, which was carried out by Pew Research Center and Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, was conducted prior to the controversy of building a mosque at ground zero.

Obama said that he believes that Muslims should be allowed to build Islamic Centers where they please. However, he refused to take part in the decision making regarding the issue.

After stating his previous opinion, 24% said they think Obama is Muslim, 47% said they think he is a Christian and 24% did not know or chose not to respond.

Regarding the building of the mosque at ground zero, 61% opposed the idea while 26% supported it.

Also, the study showed that 10% of Obama’s political rivals of Republican conservatives thought that he was Muslim too, which is a significantly higher number that in their fellow Democrats.

Among Independents, the percentage of those who say he is Muslim has increased this year from 10% to 18%.

The study analysts contribute this to propaganda created by his attackers. Also the fact that he does not practice his religion publicly, as opposed to George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, was a factor.