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Election 2008: 43% Would Never Vote for Mormon Candidate (Rasmussen Poll)
Yahoooo via Rasmussen ^ | 11/20/06

Posted on 11/20/2006 8:24:45 AM PST by areafiftyone

Mitt Romney (R) begins the 2008 campaign season in fourth place among those seeking the GOP Presidential nomination, trailing Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Condoleezza Rice. While many Republican insiders believe the Massachusetts Governor could become an attractive candidate to the party's social conservatives, a Rasmussen Reports survey finds that Romney's faith may initially be more of a hindrance than a help.

Forty-three percent (43%) of American voters say they would never even consider voting for a Mormon Presidential candidate. Only 38% say they would consider casting such a vote while 19% are not sure. Half (53%) of all Evangelical Christians say that they would not consider voting for a Mormon candidate.

Overall, 29% of Likely Voters have a favorable opinion of Romney while 30% hold an unfavorable view. Most of those opinions are less than firmly held. Ten percent (10%) hold a very favorable opinion while 11% have a very unfavorable assessment. Among the 41% with no opinion of Romney, just 27% say they would consider voting for a Mormon.

It is possible, of course, that these perceptions might change as Romney becomes better known and his faith is considered in the context of his campaign. Currently, just 19% of Likely Voters are able to identify Romney as the Mormon candidate from a list of six potential Presidential candidates.

The response to a theoretical Mormon candidate is far less negative than the response to a Muslim candidate or an atheist. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Likely Voters say they would never consider voting for a Muslim Presidential candidate. Sixty percent (60%) say the same about an atheist.

The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 35% say that a candidate's faith and religious beliefs are very important in their voting decision. Another 27% say faith and religious beliefs are somewhat important. Ninety-two percent (92%) of Evangelical Christian voters consider a candidate's faith and beliefs important.

On the partisan front, 78% of Republicans say that a candidate's faith is an important consideration, a view shared by 55% of Democrats. However, there is also a significant divide on this topic within the Democratic Party. Among minority Democrats, 71% consider faith and religious beliefs an important consideration for voting. Just 44% of white Democrats agree.

The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November 16-17, 2006. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: evangelicalbigots; latterdaysaints; lds; mittromney; mormon; religiousfreedomdead; romney
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1 posted on 11/20/2006 8:24:50 AM PST by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone

I cant wait to hear our liberal leaders and Jesse Jackson decry how unaccepting and intolerant all of us Americans are....


2 posted on 11/20/2006 8:27:01 AM PST by ChiTownBearFan ("To see the world is to love America all the more"-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: areafiftyone
Forty-three percent (43%) of American voters say they would never even consider voting for a Mormon Presidential candidate.

Of course, most if not all of those are Dems. Our state rep (for several terms) was Mormon and it didn't seem to hurt him at all.

3 posted on 11/20/2006 8:27:47 AM PST by sionnsar (?trad-anglican.faithweb.com?|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: areafiftyone
Nameless Mormons are like all other nameless candidates.

Once they see Mitt is not a 3 headed monster with as many wives and hundreds of children I think they will not be so ignorant.
4 posted on 11/20/2006 8:28:27 AM PST by msnimje (You simply cannot be Christian and Pro-Abortion.)
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To: areafiftyone

I've been saying this over-and-over and keep getting attacked as "Anti-Mormon."

Not the case at all. (I know squat about Mormons, other than they make good neighbors and that the Methodist Church and Roman Catholics don't accept their baptisms.)

It's a fact.

I can hear now Pat Robertson getting on the 700 Club and saying "God will withdraw his protection from us if we support a non-Christian like Romney."

Yes, yes, I know Mormon consider this Christian. Again, I have no idea on the subject.

I am just stating a fact: the "700 Club" set won't vote for Romney

And a Republican CANNOT get elected with active dislike of that group.

Period.

Hillary would get out her fake 2ft by 2ft Bible and claim to be a Christian and that would be all it will take.


5 posted on 11/20/2006 8:30:01 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: sionnsar
Of course, most if not all of those are Dems

THe incoming Senate Majority Leader is a Mormon (and he has no charm whatsoever).
6 posted on 11/20/2006 8:30:06 AM PST by msnimje (You simply cannot be Christian and Pro-Abortion.)
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To: areafiftyone

The Pilgrims are rolling in their graves...


7 posted on 11/20/2006 8:30:40 AM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: All

Personally for me religion does not mean a thing. I go for the way a candidate stands on the issues that are important to me and also what he has done in office.


8 posted on 11/20/2006 8:30:43 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason)
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To: areafiftyone
Now this is annoying, the media is already trying to shape the race on the republican side.

1. McCain
2. Rudy
3. Condi isn't going to run why bring her up?
4. Mitt Romney.

My goodness three moderate/liberals and a ghost candidate who will not appear on any ballot.

How about "None of the Above"?
9 posted on 11/20/2006 8:31:44 AM PST by padre35 (We are surrounded, that simplifies our problem Chesty Puller)
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To: MeanWestTexan
"God will withdraw his protection from us if we support a non-Christian like Romney."

Why would Pat Robertson call a member of a Christian church a "non-Christian?"

Besides, lots and lots of Evangelical leaders have already said they would support Mitt Romney.
10 posted on 11/20/2006 8:31:57 AM PST by msnimje (You simply cannot be Christian and Pro-Abortion.)
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To: areafiftyone

When did Condi float the idea of running?


11 posted on 11/20/2006 8:32:30 AM PST by shekkian
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To: areafiftyone

While I would have no problem voting for some Mormons, this particular one is a non-starter (or Hatch for that matter).


12 posted on 11/20/2006 8:33:23 AM PST by Tall_Texan (NO McCain, Rudy, Romney, Hillary, Kerry, Obama or Gore in 2008!)
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To: sionnsar
Of course, most if not all of those are Dems.

I doubt it, based on this subset:

Half (53%) of all Evangelical Christians say that they would not consider voting for a Mormon candidate.

Most likely your representative's faith wasn't universally known or wasn't publicized in the primary, or your district's electorate isn't representative of the country as a whole.

I was pleasantly surprised that my state elected a Mormon as governor over a woman named Shannon O'Brien. I'll be not so pleased if a more reliably conservative state can't match that accomplishment in their primary because of his faith.
13 posted on 11/20/2006 8:34:01 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: areafiftyone
While I would not vote for a Mormon Presidential candidate, I would vote for a Presidential candidate that happened to be Mormon.
14 posted on 11/20/2006 8:34:36 AM PST by Between the Lines (Be careful how you live your life, it may be the only gospel anyone reads.)
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To: msnimje

I agree. I wonder how many of the 19% who knew he was Morman would support him. This should be a relatively easy hurdle, like the first catholic, the first womanizer/abuser, etc. Besides, he is cute.


15 posted on 11/20/2006 8:35:50 AM PST by libbylu (" a clearer voice of conservatism and I think Mitt Romney has an opportunity to fill that" Newt G)
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To: areafiftyone
"Oh, 'Mormon'! We thought you said 'moron'. That's very different....

"...Never mind."

16 posted on 11/20/2006 8:36:13 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich!)
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To: MeanWestTexan
I know squat about Mormons

They're not Trinitarians. The "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" are supposedly three persons who used to be human beings. The Father got promoted to the job of ruler of this planet. Eventually, if you're good, you can have your own planet too. If you don't believe me, look it up.

17 posted on 11/20/2006 8:37:18 AM PST by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: MeanWestTexan
I am just stating a fact: the "700 Club" set won't vote for Romney.

He seems to be making headway with this group. The more they see him and the better they know him, the more they like him.

See wwww.evangelicalsformitt.com.

18 posted on 11/20/2006 8:37:19 AM PST by redgirlinabluestate
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To: shekkian

LOL I don't know why they keep putting her name in. I guess because they don't have enough well known candidates to go on yet.


19 posted on 11/20/2006 8:37:42 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason)
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To: msnimje

"Why would Pat Robertson call a member of a Christian church a "non-Christian?""

Because certain evangelical groups do not consider Mormons Christians.

Has something to do with not recognizing the Trinity and/or that Jesus was fully God and fully man (or something -- I don't know enough about Mormonism to understand the dispute.)

Note, I am not saying Mormons are not Christians. I have no idea.

I am just stating that many, many Christian denominations do not consider Mormons Christians.

Whether the groups are correct or not is beside the point; they believe it to be so and will act accordingly.


20 posted on 11/20/2006 8:37:42 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: areafiftyone
Forty-three percent (43%) of American voters say they would never even consider voting for a Mormon Presidential candidate.

They probably have no idea what a Mormon is. They probably think it's an Amish guy wearing a straw hat and holding a pitchfork.

Hey, if voters can elect a practicing Muslim after 9/11, they can definitely vote for a Mormon.

21 posted on 11/20/2006 8:37:51 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal.")
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To: Tall_Texan

What about a woman Mormon candidate? Or is that possible? Can anyone come up with a woman holding a public office that is a Mormon?


22 posted on 11/20/2006 8:38:01 AM PST by TruthWillWin
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To: areafiftyone

Sorry, but the Southern Baptist south would not vote Mormon.


23 posted on 11/20/2006 8:38:02 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Southaven Mississippi Freeper)
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To: Aquinasfan

I wouldn't vote for a Methodist and I am a Methodist


24 posted on 11/20/2006 8:38:34 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: areafiftyone

Does anyone remember if this was an issue when George Romney ran for president?


25 posted on 11/20/2006 8:39:07 AM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (We'll be back.)
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To: areafiftyone

But Islam is a political/legal system as well as a religion.


26 posted on 11/20/2006 8:39:16 AM PST by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Aquinasfan

That what I heard as well, but there is so much bad information out there re: the beliefs of groups, I am not willing to repeat it.


27 posted on 11/20/2006 8:39:21 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: areafiftyone

I think we should be willing to have a Mormon president, and I think we need to look past the old jokes and ancient stereotypes!

(And besides, the job of First Lady is pretty difficult, and team of six women would do a much better job.)

:)


28 posted on 11/20/2006 8:39:32 AM PST by Our man in washington
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To: MeanWestTexan

If what you are saying is correct, then this country is doomed...and that doom will be a well-earned one.

I can't believe that anyone would be that superficial.


29 posted on 11/20/2006 8:40:02 AM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (I dare call it treason.)
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To: areafiftyone

Baptists are soooo huggable and a large percentage of them are in therapy for sexual issues.


30 posted on 11/20/2006 8:40:07 AM PST by zarf
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To: concerned about politics

They elected a member of the MMM, er Nation of Islamic Supremacists, er Nation of Islam; a group that has been denounced as a Hate Group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.


31 posted on 11/20/2006 8:40:44 AM PST by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: TruthWillWin

"Can anyone come up with a woman holding a public office that is a Mormon?"

Besides Harry Reid?


32 posted on 11/20/2006 8:40:50 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: msnimje

Evangelical won't vote for him.

Why? Mormons don't accept the trinity, they have errant views on the nature of God etc.

He is a great guy, but to run him would give Hillary victory.


33 posted on 11/20/2006 8:40:59 AM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: MeanWestTexan
Methodist Church and Roman Catholics don't accept their baptisms

That's because Mormons don't publically baptise. We have no way of knowing how it is done.

34 posted on 11/20/2006 8:41:06 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: padre35

Let's fight fire with fire; Democrat Lyndon LaRouche will run again in 2008 if he's still breathing.


35 posted on 11/20/2006 8:41:48 AM PST by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: areafiftyone

Lots of folks would love to make Romney's candidacy about his Mormon background. But that is completely off point.

Willard Mitt Romney's candidacy is about his record of extreme liberalism.


36 posted on 11/20/2006 8:41:57 AM PST by EternalVigilance (The way you treat a small child is the way you would treat God Himself...)
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To: MeanWestTexan

LOL


37 posted on 11/20/2006 8:42:08 AM PST by TruthWillWin
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To: DTogo

Why? Not one of them would have voted for a Mormon.


38 posted on 11/20/2006 8:42:12 AM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican
Does anyone remember if this was an issue when George Romney ran for president?

I'm not exactly sure that Mitt Romney's father was a Mormon.

Mitt Romney may have converted from his parents religion.

39 posted on 11/20/2006 8:43:15 AM PST by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: msnimje; All

The Mormon church was created because they said the rest of the Christian world wasn't really Christian. We are satanists and going to hell in Mormon eyes.

Why should we consider them Christian?


40 posted on 11/20/2006 8:43:16 AM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse

"I can't believe that anyone would be that superficial."

Religion is hardly superficial to many people.

I would have serious qualms about voting for a devout Shiite Muslim, to use an extreme example.

Or a Scientologist, as I would doubt their sanity.


41 posted on 11/20/2006 8:43:21 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: TruthWillWin

My guess is that Olene Walker, who was acting governor of Utah after Mike Leavitt went to Washington, is a Mormon. But it is instructive that she ran on the ticket as a Lt. Governor and was gently moved aside when the time came to choose a candidate for 2004.

Ronna Romney ran for Senate in Michigan against Carl Levin a long time ago.


42 posted on 11/20/2006 8:43:34 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: Dane

George Romney was a Mormon.


43 posted on 11/20/2006 8:44:13 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse

According to our founding fathers, they wanted us to elect Christian rulers.

It is important because it impacts how you view your job.


45 posted on 11/20/2006 8:45:53 AM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: AppyPappy
I wouldn't vote for a Methodist and I am a Methodist

Well, it is possible that a Mormon could be a better president than a Methodist or a Catholic. But I'd have a hard time trusting one. Their beliefs are so darn strange.

46 posted on 11/20/2006 8:46:08 AM PST by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: AppyPappy

You didn't vote for President Bush?!


47 posted on 11/20/2006 8:46:40 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: TruthWillWin

Oh, and who can forget poor Enid Greene Waldholz, single-term representative from Salt Lake County who inadvertently led to the election of Scott Matheson by paving the way for Merrill Cook.


48 posted on 11/20/2006 8:47:29 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: AppyPappy

They even have baptism for the dead, completely unbiblical.


49 posted on 11/20/2006 8:47:33 AM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: rwfromkansas

Bush might as well start redecorating for Hillary.


50 posted on 11/20/2006 8:47:46 AM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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