Poll: Issues of race, religion remain strong in presidential race
Evan Vucci, AP
Our take: The Christian Post and Washignton Post cited a new ABC/Washington Post poll that highlights how the issues of race and religion play out in the 2012 presidential election. The Post story says while views of the LDS Church and of racial prejudice in the United States have evolved over the past four years, substantial prejudice still exists for both Mormons and African Americans.
A new ABC/Washington Post poll released Monday highlights the differences between Americans who believe racial and religious discriminations are non-issues today versus those who feel racism is a factor in selecting our elected leaders.
The poll is timely given that its findings apply to both presidential candidates: incumbent Barack Obama, the first African-American U.S. president, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who if elected would be the first Mormon U.S. president.
According to the poll, 62 percent of non-blacks do not see racial discrimination as a predominant issue in their communities. Among this group, 59 percent favor Romney while 34 percent back Obama.
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