Poll: Majority of likely GOP voters in Mississippi believe Obama is Muslim

A majority of Mississippians surveyed in a poll think President Obama is a Muslim and they like former Gov. Haley Barbour, despite a majority disapproving of his pardons in his final days in office.

Public Policy Polling is predicting a close GOP presidential primary Tuesday night in Mississippi and Alabama, with Newt Gingrich holding onto a slight lead ahead of Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. PPP surmises, “It’s not really clear who, if anyone has the momentum in these states.”

North-Carolina-based PPP surveyed 656 likely Republican voters in Mississippi on Saturday and Sunday on a wide variety of topics.

Besides showing the three GOP presidential frontrunners are in a close contest, it showed 52 percent surveyed think Obama is Muslim, 12 percent Christian and 36 percent not sure.

While 64 percent had a favorable opinion of Barbour, 62 percent disapproved of his 11th-hour pardons of convicts.

A majority, 58 percent, said they do not consider themselves part of the TEA Party movement. A vast majority, 70 percent, said they are evangelical Christians and 66 percent said they do not believe in evolution.

On whether interracial marriage should be illegal, 54 percent said no, 29 percent said it should be illegal and 17 percent said they were not sure.

The poll, conducted through automated telephone interviews, reports a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percent.

PPP has garnered praise for its accuracy in primary and other races in recent years, including the upset of U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo over incumbent Gene Taylor in 2010. The company often asks unusual questions along with political ones, with many of these coming from suggestions people give through the company’s website.