Texas poll shows McCain, Cornyn as winners

Houston Chronicle:

A University of Texas poll to be released today shows Republican presidential candidate John McCain and GOP Sen. John Cornyn leading by comfortable margins in Texas, as expected. But the statewide survey of 550 registered voters has one very surprising finding: 23 percent of Texans are convinced that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is a Muslim.

Obama is a Christian who was embroiled in a controversy earlier this year about his two-decade membership in Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Yet just 45 percent of those polled identified the Illinois senator as a Protestant.

The Obama-is-a-Muslim confusion is caused by fallacious Internet rumors and radio talk-show gossip. McCain went so far at one of his town hall meetings to grab a microphone from a woman who claimed that Obama was an Arab.

The Texas numbers are unusual because most national polls show that just 5 to 10 percent of Americans still believe Obama is a Muslim — less than half the number of Texans who buy into the debunked theories.

The UT poll shows McCain running ahead of Obama statewide, with a 51 percent to 40 percent margin. Cornyn, a first-term Republican from San Antonio, leads Rick Noriega, a state representative from Houston, 45 percent to 36 percent. Another 14 percent of voters remain undecided in the contest.

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Actually the number of Texans who believe Obama is a Muslim is probably less than the number of Muslims in Muslim countries who think he is a Muslim. Like many other Obama supporters, they hope he is lying about certain aspects of his positions and in this case it is his religious belief.

While the Chronicle and other media sources have been all over the number of Christians who are misguided on this issue, they have ignored the Obama is a Muslim chorus in the Muslim world.

Actually when you hear what Rev. Wright was saying about America, he sounds more extreme than mainline Muslim clerics. But, don't worry. As Rev. Wright says, Obama is just distancing himself out of political expediency. He is just another Obama supporter who hopes Obama is lying.

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