Americans Who Don’t Attend Church Form Base of Obama’s Support, Gallup Polling Indicates

May 13, 2010 - 12:49 PM
Non-church goers form the base of Obama's support, according to Gallup polling data.

President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office at the White House Tuesday, May 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating stood at 49 percent for the most recent three-day period, and at 50 percent for the week ending May 8, but it would be lower than that if America consisted exclusively of people who attend church with some regularity.
 
Non-church goers form the base of Obama’s support, according to Gallup polling data.
 
Gallup reports the breakouts from its presidential approval survey for three different types of church-goers: people who attend church weekly, people who attend church nearly weekly or monthly, and people who seldom or never attend church. Among these three groups, Obama’s approval rating tops 50 percent only among those who seldom or never attend church. In fact, among this group it was at 56 percent for the week ending May 8.
 
Obama’s approval rating among people who attend church weekly was only 43 percent during that week; and among those who attend church nearly weekly or monthly it was 47 percent.
 
The last time a majority of Americans who attend church weekly gave Obama a positive approval rating was last year in the week that ended on July 19, 2009.  That week, weekly church-goers gave him a 51 percent approval rating.
 
Obama’s approval rating dropped to a low of 38 percent among weekly church-goers in the week that ended on April 4.
 
By contrast, Obama’s presidential approval rating has never dropped below 50 percent among those who seldom or never go to church.