Opinions On Race and Mormonism; Swing State Races Are Tight

Published: Monday, July 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Our take: This article by Esther Zuckerman examines certain polls of individuals' opinions on race and Mormonism and how these opinions affect the choice of which presidential candidate they would support.

Non-black voters who believe that blacks are discriminated against are more likely to support Obama 56 to 37 percent. The 62 percent of those who do not believe blacks in their community are discriminated against are far more likely to support Romney than Obama, 59 to 34 percent.

Turning to Romney's Mormonism, the poll finds that while opinions on the topic do not as drastically impact voting as they do in the case of race, they do have some effect. Among non-Mormon voters, 31 percent feel unfavorably toward Mormonism while 38 percent regard it favorably. Those who feel favorably about Mormonism are more likely to vote for Romney, 54 to 43 percent. On the opposing side they are more likely to swing Obama, 49 to 42 percent.

Read more about Swing state races on The Atlantic Wire.

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