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Can A Mormon Be Elected President?

June 5, 2011

I just do not see how rock solid Baptists, and evangelicals support a Mormon for President.  While the policy issues that impact the nation and world are separate from the idea of each devout Mormon man getting his own planet to rule with many wives after death, I think many born-again Christians would have a problem voting for someone like Mitt Romney.  Many may not be honest to pollsters about their underlying views, but I think a negative view of Mormons is larger than this poll below presents.  Rightly or wrongly, that is how I think the average voter truly thinks.

While this poll shows liberals have a problem with Mormons it should be noted that the harsh view of woman and gay people in the Mormon church are but two reasons that this religion is highly politicized.  Also the question is generic, but everyone knows this religious matter deals directly with Mitt Romney, and he garners much opposition on his policy views.  As such, there is a blending of views and thoughts when these poll questions were answered.

A substantial majority of Americans (68%) say it would not matter to them if a presidential candidate was Mormon. A quarter (25%) says they would be less likely to support a Mormon, while 5% say they would be more likely to support a Mormon candidate. These opinions are little changed from February 2007 (64% said this would not matter, 30% less likely, 2% more likely).

Politically, more Democrats than Republicans say they would be less likely to support a Mormon candidate. Liberal Democrats stand out, with 41% saying they would be less likely to support a Mormon candidate. Only about a quarter or fewer in other groups say this.

There also are differences by religious affiliation. About a third of white evangelical Protestants (34%) say they would less likely to support a Mormon candidate, compared with 24% of the religiously unaffiliated, and just 19% of white mainline Protestants and about the same percentage of white Catholics (16%). These opinions have changed little since 2007.

3 Comments
  1. June 7, 2011 8:32 PM

    Ferrell,

    Check out the latest Newsweek…June 13th issue….The Mormon Moment.

    Cover is awesome.

  2. June 7, 2011 6:37 PM

    So, if Romney were let say a Muslim or a Catholic there would not be any issue here? I don’t really care if Romney is a Mormon, Agnostic or a Druid. My issue with Romney is RomneyCare when he was Gov of MA, did he support it, was he tied up and beaten and made to vote for it? What? He never came and said what the deal was.

    Right now, I am for Herman Cain – but that is another story.

    If Mitt Romney is the nominee, then yes I will vote for him.

  3. June 6, 2011 11:36 PM

    It would be interesting to explore why Romney’s Mormonism bothers a certain percentage of evangelical voters. Is it negative attitudes toward Mormonism as a religion, or perhaps worry that the LDS would be an overbearing influence on Romney (a la sentiment about John F. Kennedy’s Catholicism)?

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