Jews still like Obama, but approval dips

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nearly two-thirds of Jews still approve of President Obama’s performance, but his approval numbers have dipped.

A Gallup Poll released last Friday of religious groups in the United States found that Muslims gave Obama the highest job approval rating, while Mormons gave him the lowest. Jews and those affiliated with other non-Christian religions gave Obama above-average ratings, as did those with no religious affiliation.

From January to July this year, Jews gave Obama a 61 percent approval rating, down from 66 percent from July to December 2009. Muslims gave the president a 78 percent approval rating during the first half of 2010, and Mormons a 24 percent rating.

The overall approval rating of 48 percent is down 15 points from the first half of 2009.

Obama received average job approval ratings from Catholics, and below-average ratings from Protestants.

Despite drops in the overall job approval rating from January 2009 to July 2010, Muslims have consistently given Obama the highest rating and Mormons the lowest. Jews’ approval ratings have remained above average.

The results are based on phone interviews with a random sampling of 276,123 adults with a 1 percent margin of error. Jews, Muslims and Mormons each made up about 2 percent of respondents. Jews accounted for 6,746 of the respondents, with a margin of error below 2 percent.

The interviews were conducted between January 2009 and July 2010 as part of Gallup Daily tracking.
 

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