Bias against Mormon presidential candidate unchanged since 1967, poll finds
The Mormon temple at church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.
June 21st, 2012
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Bias against Mormon presidential candidate unchanged since 1967, poll finds

(CNN) - Bias against a Mormon presidential candidate hasn’t budged in 45 years, with 18% of Americans saying they would not vote for a well-qualified candidate who happened to be Mormon, according to a Gallup Poll released Thursday.

The survey points up potential challenges for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who is vying to be the first Mormon in the White House.

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  1. scottye

    I don't know about that but I do know if a person was a Mormon prior to 1978 and and been involved in that religion for a number of years they surely embraced the doctrine around the racial hatred and bias. Could explain why some people lie about a black President and at the same time, knows it is a lie, the press says it is not true and yet are entitled, so superior that they don't even offer an excuse. A old school Mormon.

    June 21, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Catholics will never vote for this Bain Capital idiot. Known truth.

    June 21, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. rs

    I would be surprised, perhaps even appalled if Americans rejected a possible Presidential candidate based upon their chosen (especially mainstream) religion. The nuance is, do Americans want a church leader as a Presidential cadidate (a Catholic, Episcopal or Mormon Bishop, say)? I tend to think that may be where American's comfort level with a candidate's religion may end. We do, after all believe in and honor the separation of Church and State.

    June 21, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Sandy

    I don't give a crap about his religion, but it serves him right with the way he was giving dog whistles to his supporters about Obama "not being one of us" or "not understanding America". I hate to say it, but he deserves everything he gets!

    June 21, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Sandy

    Boo hoo, there is more bias against Obama because of race than there is against Romney for his religion.

    June 21, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. American Voter

    The recent poll should come as no surprise given the ignorance and intolerance expressed by the two previous posts. Its unfortunate that any religion has to become the punching bag of ill-informed members of society, particularly one that has done so much good throughout the world.

    June 21, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    There's a lot about Mormons we don't know and we sure aren't hearing anything about them from Mitt Romney or his five(5) sons; they've had plenty of opportunities but still not a peep out of them. Why the secrecy, they talk about Obama but not themselves.

    June 21, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. A presidential candidate truly BELIEVE IN AMERICA.

    The GOP is afraid that more Americans will know about Mormons before the elections.
    Rmoney's father dropped out of the presidential race after making a gaffe about the Vietnam War.
    Mitt Rmoney preferred to run away to France as a Mormon missionary while true Americans were fighting in Vietnam.
    Mitt Rmoney prefers to stash his ill-gotten wealth in Switzerland in stead of paying tax in America.
    Why is he not running for the president of Europe?

    June 21, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Donna

    This is sad, people can accept where President Obama went to church but can not accept someone from a Mormon church?? Just as each religion has different teachings depending on the specific church' same with Mormons. In each religion there are those who take their beliefs to the extreme. From what I have seen of the Romneys they are kind, caring people, not at all as some want or hope to believe they are.

    June 21, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Beeman

    Just as long is the candidate is not a God hating intolerant athiests who seem to spew ugliness I do no think most Americanse care about their religion. I am not a Mormom but do know some of them and they have always been very good people. What people dislike is the these crazies that dislike people because of their race or religion.

    June 21, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Mitt Romney could be an ATHEIST for all I care. It is not his religion at all that keeps me from voting for him..it's his policies.

    June 21, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    So 18% of republicans won’t vote Romney

    June 21, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Jon

    Ok ... where are all the liberals now? Remember when they attacked everyone and everything because they felt that their beloved President Obama was being biased against because he was black ... isn’t religious bigotry as bad as racial bigotry? Liberals stand up … and defend Romney from the religious bigotry that is happening mostly among your liberal friends … if you read the poll numbers … almost 2 times as many democrats were bigots as republicans … 18% TO 10% …. Anyone want to bet as to whether the liberals raise up and attack the religious bigotry that seems to exist among 1/5 of their liberal brothers and sisters … I bet no!

    June 21, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. clarke

    Why am I not surprised, who aren't some Americans biased against?

    June 21, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Jon

    Ok ... where are all the liberals now?
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    Where are they? Because this is an inside the conservative loop problem. That percentage that they are talking about are mostly conservatives, Christian evangelicals.

    June 21, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    @ Jon

    I doubt very seriously if it the liberals that are in that 18%. Look no further than your Teas Party folks, evengelicals, and way far right wingers that would go against him for his religious background. Sorry but your rant against progressives has no basis. Go attack the conservatives that go against a person because of their religious beliefs or non-beliefs.

    June 21, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    -Jon

    Ok ... where are all the liberals now? Remember when they attacked everyone and everything because they felt that their beloved President Obama was being biased against because he was black ... isn’t religious bigotry as bad as racial bigotry? Liberals stand up … and defend Romney from the religious bigotry that is happening mostly among your liberal friends … if you read the poll numbers … almost 2 times as many democrats were bigots as republicans … 18% TO 10% …. Anyone want to bet as to whether the liberals raise up and attack the religious bigotry that seems to exist among 1/5 of their liberal brothers and sisters … I bet no!
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    The issue of Mormonism was a far greater problem to the GOP than the Democrats. Its the persistent invasion into politics by the LDS leaders ( against professed Church doctrine, by the way) that upsets liberals, as well as the fact that the Mormon aristocrat has nothing in common with the average voter. Its his craven pandering and lies we object to, not his faith.

    June 21, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Marty

    This should not be an issue. Shame on people. This country was based on religious freedoms.

    June 21, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. California

    Liberals whining that everyone is racist against Obama.

    Grow up and quit crying wolf, 1d1ots.

    June 21, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. rs

    Jon- Given all of the manufactured garbage distributed by the GOP and their mouthpieces at FOX and elsewhere about Mr. Obama, why would anyone from that party raise a peep about perceived dicrimination against Romney?

    Frankly, I have't hear a single utterance about Mr. Romney and his region- yet the airwaves are full of paranoid junk about Obama being a Muslim, or born in Kenya, or lying about his college, or taking away our guns. Each and every item promoted by the GOP, and every one patently false.

    He gets what he gives.

    June 21, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Reggiedw

    Yet liberals/democrats would prefer to vote for a man who has a M u s l i m background over a Mormon . Mormons have never caused the heartship we have had to deal with these people for over at least 20 years. I do not understand their reasoning.

    June 21, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Bill

    Who cares about his religion, he will never be president anyway.

    June 21, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Willard "Mitt" Romney is what he is. Being a Mormon is the least of his concerns.

    June 21, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Malory Archer

    Jon

    Ok ... where are all the liberals now? Remember when they attacked everyone and everything because they felt that their beloved President Obama was being biased against because he was black ... isn’t religious bigotry as bad as racial bigotry? Liberals stand up … and defend Romney from the religious bigotry that is happening mostly among your liberal friends … if you read the poll numbers … almost 2 times as many democrats were bigots as republicans … 18% TO 10% …. Anyone want to bet as to whether the liberals raise up and attack the religious bigotry that seems to exist among 1/5 of their liberal brothers and sisters … I bet no!

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    Quite the strawman you've got there Jon. Can you please post a link to your claim that it's the "libruls" who are being intolerant? No? Didn't think so. Time to put your little strawman to bed, dear.

    June 21, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Malory Archer

    Reggiedw, what is a "heartship"?

    June 21, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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