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White House says Obama is Christian, prays daily

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Posted: Aug 19, 2010 1:09 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2010 5:12 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: White House, President Obama, Christian, prayer, Bill Burton, Muslim, Air Force One, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pew Research Center, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, poll, WBRZ

The White House says President Barack Obama is a Christian who prays daily.

White House spokesman Bill Burton made the remark Thursday, hours after a poll showed 18 percent of Americans think Obama is Muslim, up from 11 percent who thought so last year.

A third think he's Christian, and 4 in 10 say they don't know Obama's religion.

Burton told reporters aboard Air Force One that most Americans care more about the economy and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and, he says, are "not reading a lot of news about what religion the
president is."

Burton said: "The president is obviously a Christian. He prays every day."

The poll was conducted by the Pew Research Center and its affiliate Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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