Friday, January 23, 2009

Rumors in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election

Kansas City Star
22 January 2009

SURVEY: Obama Muslim rumor widespread

COLUMBUS -- About nine in 10 Americans heard the rumor that Barack Obama is a Muslim, making it possibly the most prevalent rumor of the 2008 presidential campaign, according to a nationwide survey.

However, only 22 percent of those surveyed said they actually believed that Obama is a Muslim.

[The article summarizes a report by R. Kelly Garrett and James N. Danziger called "Rumors and the Internet in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election." [pdf]