President Barack Obama, in one of his first statements overseas, declared to a Turkish audience and to the whole Muslim world that the United States is not a Christian nation.

According to a Gallup poll released last week, the American people don’t agree. Measuring religious preference among American adults, Gallup finds that 78 percent identify with some form of Christian religion. Less than 2 percent are Jewish, less than 1 percent Muslim and only 15 percent do not have a religious identity.

Based on the amount of media coverage of Muslims, Jews and atheists in America, you’d think these groups were the 78 percent. Not so.

Gallup concludes that the poll means “… that over 95 percent of all Americans who have a religious identity are Christians” and that “the United States remains a predominantly Christian nation.”

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