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18% of Americans Won’t Vote for Mormon Presidential Candidate

18% of Americans Won’t Vote for Mormon Presidential Candidate

A lot of things have changed since 1967, but the percentage of Americans willing to vote for a well-qualified Mormon presidential candidate is not one of them. A recent Gallup poll found that 18% of Americans will not vote to put a Mormon in the White House, compared with 17% of Americans who expressed the same sentiment in 1967.

Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport wrote, “The stability of resistance to a Mormon presidential candidate is an anomaly. Resistance to a candidate who is black, a woman, or Jewish has declined substantially in the same period of time” (CNN Belief Blog).

The survey also found that 40% of Americans do not know that Mitt Romney is Mormon, a fact that should become more apparent as the election draws closer. A closer focus on Romney’s religion may hurt his chances at the polls, as the general population becomes more familiar with the fundamental beliefs of Mormonism.

In his report, Newport also noted that it is “unclear how the current level of resistance to the idea of voting for a Mormon presidential candidate will affect the election.”

It’s interesting that so many Americans feel comfortable expressing such prejudicial views against Mormons, when very few would make similar remarks about other ethnicities or religions. What makes Mormonism so threatening? What are some myths about Mormonism that should be debunked? Share any ideas or information in the comments below.

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10:40AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Patricia G. It doesn't matter where Emily T. is from. What matters is if you agreee with her or not. I personally don't care where people are from; we all have the freedom of speech here on Care2. When I disagreee with someone I do it because of what they post, not based on their origin, skin color, sexual orientation, age, or gender.

11:25AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

I didn't answer the poll because of the way the question is phrased. Well qualified doesn't mean they meet my own political agenda. Perhaps a better question would be: Would the fact that a candidate is Mormon but was of the same political brand as you prevent you form voting for him/her. (I'm sure someone can phrase the question better). But you get what I mean?

11:20AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

I could care less about his religion...it's his politics that I can't stand.

1:26PM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

I wouldn't vote for Romney because he's a dangerous out of touch whackdoodle.

I would vote for Harry Reid, various second generation Udalls, *maybe* Jon Huntsman. The Mormon religion is odd. The people who I know who are LDS are not.

FLDS is a whole other story... THEY are evil!

11:55AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

If you vote for MITT ROMNEY, you are voting for someone who condones a PEDOPHILE and a POLYGAMIST. JOSEPH SMITH, the FOUNDER OF THE MORMON CHURCH, was a pedophile and a polygamist. He had (quote) "a steamy wild and kinky sex affair" with a 14 year old girl while still married to his wife; this also made him an ADULTERER !!! In addition to getting a supposed special vision from GOD, he also got the 14 year old girl PREGNANT and was later KILLED trying to escape the POLICE in a MORMON CHURCH RAID !!! Is this the kind of person you want in the White House ?????

12:14AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

I've always wondered what the hate against Mormons is about; one of the loveliest girls I know is a Mormon. And I wouldn't vote for Romney because he's a doucebag, not because he's a Mormon.

9:13PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

Oh my gosh guys, this Allen West down here in Florida is not in my district but a Republican Representative and I've heard he comes off as a wildman. In terms of hearing him speak, he comes across like a rebel....He talks about getting your musket and fixing your bayonets to get ready to charge the enemy for your freedom, liberty & your future.. Yikes....he's rearing up a Civil War.(hehehe)

8:22PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

It's merely speculation..... this Emily T. gal is probably not even from America by the way she puts her words in context.
Americans Hates and Americans won't...she is just wanting to put in her 2 cents.

8:21PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

All I really need to know about Rmoney, is that he is REQUIRED by his Mormon Religion, REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES {and so is Ann, for that matter] to wear his MAGIC UNDERWEAR, with little crosses sewn on at strategic spots, which is supposed to both protect him from "Temptation of Sinning", and protect him from bad things like car accidents happening. ALL Mormons are required to LITERALLY believe this. The Magic Underwear is worn UNDER the regular underwear, next to the skin -- ALL the time. Work, recreation, sleeping, bathing, having sex.....
What this means to me, is that Mitt believes in a religion even WACKIER than most.... Mitt was a BISHOP in the Moron er Mormon Church.... and ALL MORMONS ARE UNDER THE DIRECT ORDERS OF THE "PROPHET", who is the Head of the Mormon Church and whose edicts CANNOT BE QUESTIONED.
That says to me that the "Prophet" -- do we even know who he is? his views on things? -- the "Prophet", absolutely in control of every Mormon, is putting a ROBOT ZOMBIE in the White House -- doesn't Mitt ACT like a Zombie? Well? {Wouldn't surprise me at all if the "Prophet" and the Koch brothers are great pals...}

JFK made a public statement that his Catholic religion would NOT be allowed to dictate his policies. You can look that up. RMONEY HAS REFUSED TO MAKE SUCH A STATEMENT. Because HE CAN'T. HIS RELIGION WON'T LET HIM.


5:22PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

According to the poll... 53% of Care2 respondents wouldn't vote for a Mormon. I find this encouraging!

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