Americans Least Likely To Vote For Atheist, Muslim Presidential Candidates, Poll Finds - ABC News
Americans Least Likely To Vote For Atheist, Muslim Presidential Candidates, Poll Finds
Ever since Mitt Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman announced their respective presidential bids, there’s been some debate over whether or not Americans would be willing to vote for a Mormon president. Apparently- the vast majority- 80 percent- are, while 18 percent are not, according a newly released poll from Gallup.
The poll showed that Americans are least likely to vote for someone who identifies as Atheist- 54 percent, with individuals of Muslim faith following closely behind- just 58 percent of Americans responded they’d be willing to vote for someone who was Muslim. 68 percent said that they would vote for a presidential candidate who was gay or lesbian, while the rest of the groups- Black, Female, Catholic, Hispanic and Jewish, each had yes responses 90 percent or more.
Interestingly enough, the percent of Americans who say that they would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate has been virtually unchanged since Mitt Romney’s father, George Romney, ran for president in 1967. A Gallup poll taking in April of that year found that 17 percent of respondents said they would not vote for a “well-qualified presidential candidate who happens to be Mormon.”
Percentage of people willing to vote for president.
- Atheist : 54%
- Muslim : 58%
- Gay/Lesbian : 68%
- Mormon : 80%
- Black, Female, Catholic, Hispanic and Jewish : 90%+
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