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Obama Muslim Rumors Persist Among Illinois Republicans: 39 Percent Believe President Is Muslim

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He calls Chicago home, with a house on the city's South Side. He represented the state of Illinois in Congress, and now the President of the United States is a Chicago Bulls fan. Still, Illinois' Republican voters aren't too sure about this Barack Obama guy.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 506 likely GOP primary voters March 17 and 18, and found that 39 percent of them believe that Obama is a Muslim. There are still quite a few "birthers" in the state as well, as 36 percent of GOP voters believe the president was not born in the United States. An overwhelming 89 percent of the GOP voters disapproved of Obama -- and more than half disapproved of the city of Chicago itself.

More from the survey (hat tip, Capitol Fax Blog):

Q25 Do you believe in evolution, or not?

Believe in evolution………………………………….. 41%
Do not……………………………………………………. 43%
Not sure…………………………………………………. 16%

Q26 Do you think that interracial marriage should be legal or illegal?

Legal……………………………………………………… 75%
Illegal…………………………………………………….. 16%
Not sure…………………………………………………. 9%

While the numbers pale in comparison to a similar poll conducted in Mississippi -- where 52 percent of GOP voters classified Obama as a Muslim and 36 percent said they were "not sure" -- it does highlight the differences between Chicago Democrats and downstate Republican voters.

Obama has previously said that he doesn't let the Muslim and birther rumors bother him.

"I'm not gonna be worrying too much about whatever rumors are floating on out there," Obama said. "If I spend all my time chasing after that, then I wouldn't get much done."

"I can't spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead."

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