June 23, 2011

Mormon Candidate No Problem

68%

A substantial majority of Americans (68%) say it would not matter to them if a presidential candidate is Mormon.

A substantial majority of Americans (68%) say it would not matter to them if a presidential candidate is 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, 19% of white mainline Protestants and about the same percentage of white Catholics (16%). These opinions have changed little since 2007. Read More