A Gallup poll released today showed that 37 percent of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s comments that offered support for the legal right of the Cordoba Initiative to construct a mosque near ground zero, with only 2 percent approving. However, indicative of both the question and the niche issue, 41 percent don’t know enough to say.
The question offered by Gallup to respondents on Aug. 17 provided only a vague idea of Obama’s statement and may speak more to the sources of media the respondents viewed as opposed to Obama’s message itself.
The question read:
As you may know, President Obama recently made comments about the construction of this mosque. From what you have heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of what President Obama said — or don’t you know enough to say?
A second question asked respondents about their level of concern over the topic. The poll found that 44 percent of Republicans were paying a great deal of attention to the topic, while Democrats and independent respondents showed less concern, polling 31 percent and 29 percent, respectfully.
However, 66 percent of Americans say that they are paying either a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of attention to the subject.
The telephone poll surveyed 1,003 people and has margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.
Gallup surmised that his message could have played into Obama’s shrinking approval ratting, which hit an all-time low at 41 percent in their last poll of his job performance.