There’s a lot of discussion about what Dave Weigel calls The Big Bad Muslim Poll:

A new national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) now say Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009. Only about one-third of adults (34%) say Obama is a Christian, down sharply from 48% in 2009. Fully 43% say they do not know what Obama’s religion is.

During my music business days, I had the privilege of touring this beautiful country: one thing that stuck with me is the torrent of liberal-bashing on talk hate radio, led by Rush Limbaugh. It’s nothing short of indoctrination, so I’m never surprised at polls that reflect the inevitable result of that incessant stream of negativity.

And that’s setting aside Fox, chain emails, and the rest of the rightwing noise machine… you can’t listen to that kind if invective without being influenced by it, one way or the other.