Thursday, July 26, 2012

Poll: Romney's Mormonism Won't Sway Too Many Voters

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 2:59 PM

In spite of what a good many analysts have theorized, a new poll indicates that most Americans say Mitt Romney's religion won't likely affect their vote this November.

Sixty percent of voters said they were aware that the former Massachusetts governor is a Mormon, but 81 percent said it didn't matter, according to the poll released today by the Pew Research Center.

However, the survey also found widespread misgivings about the Mormon faith. Nearly two-thirds of non-Mormons surveyed saw Romney's faith as very different from their own and just half of those surveyed considered the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a Christian religion. But those who know Romney is a devout Mormon are OK with his faith nonetheless, according to the poll.

Fewer than 50 percent of those surveyed, meanwhile, believe President Barack Obama is a Christian. The rest either don't know his faith or believe he is Muslim, USA Today reports.

"Fewer say Obama is Christian—and more say he is Muslim—than did so in October 2008, near the end of the last presidential campaign," Pew stated. "The increase since 2008 is particularly concentrated among conservative Republicans, about a third of whom (34 percent) describe the president as a Muslim."

Overall, 45 percent of voters are comfortable with Obama's religion, 5 percent say it does not matter, and 19 percent are uncomfortable.

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