Mormons, according to the pollsters Gallup, are more dissatisfied with Mr Obama than are any other group of folk. And not only that: Mormons’ dissatisfaction is dropping faster than is any other religious groups’.
Assuming the Gallup poll is a reasonable measure of attitudes—and also assuming that the question “Do you approve of the job President Obama is doing?” is meaningful—we can say that only 1 in every 4 of every Mormons likes Mr Obama. This small number is probably, at least in part, due to what we can call the Glenn Beck effect.
It’s not all gloom. Those that are most inclined to sing Mr Obama’s praises are Muslims. They started out highly in favor and, while their approbation has dropped slightly, they have stayed fans. This must be judged a success, since one of the stated goals of Democrats before Mr Obama’s election was to “reach out” to Muslims, to say to them It’s nothing personal.
One of the mistakes organizations like Gallup makes is to present their results in table form, in unsorted order, when a picture would do a better job. Thus, a graphic of the Gallup table:
Although it’s all in the table, it’s now no effort (and no surprise) to see that Non-Christian religious people, Jewish, and Atheists are all of a mind, at least regarding approval of Mr Obama: it’s sinking, but not as fast as it is for Catholics. The change in rate of decrease for Protestants is as likely to be an artifact of sampling as it is to be a real phenomenon.
The “All” is an average of Americans across religious groups. Since Catholics form a plurality, the “All” line tends to follow them. Muslims only make up from 1 to 6 million of the population (sources vary in their estimates).
Just a small lesson that pictures are often superior to words.
Have a good Labor Day all.