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Published: Thursday, May 24 2012 11:06 a.m. MDT

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Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

The good news is that Romney should help bring Mormons into the mainstream.

The bad news is that there are still enough people in the evangelical community who will vote for a third party candidate rather than vote for a Mormon that it may very well assure that President Obama gets reelected.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

"A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Tuesday indicated that 27 percent of Americans feel having a Mormon president "would cause concern" for themselves, someone in their family or neighborhood, or someone with whom they work."

That's not as bad as it seems since it doesn't just ask about oneself but also people they know. Considering there's maybe 4 in the family + 20 in the neighborhood + 15 you work with + yourself that's 45 people and if any of those 40 are bigots then that could trigger a yes response to the question.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm realizing my previous post might be interpreted wrong. I'm not suggesting that some bigotry is okay. Just that these numbers seem better than previous polls on the matter (16% of "you or your family" vs previous polls that were in the 20s).

Mark B
Eureka, CA

I don't know if Henry's right, but it would be great if he is. It would allow Mormons to claim "mainstream" status AND blame someone besides Democrats if Mitt should come up short. Also, no blame for millionaire donors, who'll be needed as long as another election looms, which is always.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

Is there any other story you guys at the D-News could possibly cover (or feature first) other than a daily pulse-taking about whether or not Mormons are accepted? Enough already!!!

IMAN
Marlborough, MA

The answer to whether or not Mr. Romney's religion is of concern to the amrican voters will be answered in Nov.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

MORE THEN 27 percent of Americans feel having a Mormon president "would cause concern" for themselves, someone in their family or neighborhood, "TAXES". The Romney campaign released a series of bullet-point proposals alongside his speech, with many ideas framed around the appeal of parental choice and control Its statement called for tying federal funds directly to dramatic reforms that expand parental choice, invest in innovation, and reward teachers for their results instead of their tenure. (That's tax and spend Mr Romney.) Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. NOT THE TAX PAYERS. Get back to "Home Schooling", allow the husband and wife have a solemn responsibility, and, teach their own kid's. Not us American's.

He criticized Mr. Obama for failing to pursue deeper education reforms?, Obama has been unable to stand up to union bosses?.

Who's fooling who?.

Kami
Bountiful, Utah

Just as I know the LDS Utah lawmakers are very aware that their votes will be noticed by the church .. thus they will almost always vote to be in line with what they believe to be the church's position (instead of in line with what they believe the majority of Utahans may want) .. I think Romney will make his decisions in that order as well. Scary thought actually.

junkgeek
Agua Dulce, TX

Why couldn't we simply blame Romney for being a bad candidate?

Brother Schroeder - you may support home schooling on your own dime. For the country, it's would be a massive disaster. Thank heavens for smart people who support public schools.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

Lawmakers in Utah vote the way their constituents want. Many of their constituents are LDS. That doesn't mean the Church is controlling their votes. Honestly!

All lawmakers conduct themselves based on their constituents' views and on their own conscience. Everyone's conscience is informed by a number of things including their faith. There is NOTHING wrong with that.

It's so sad that some people need to take every opportunity to bash the LDS Church in any way possible. It sounds like they're trying to convince themselves.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

If you do not think Romney's faith is a concern, you should.

If you do think Romney's faith is a concern, you probably don't fully appreciate how much of a concern it should be.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Cats wrote:

"It's so sad that some people need to take every opportunity to bash the LDS Church in any way possible. It sounds like they're trying to convince themselves."

Is that why Mormons such as yourself take every opportunity to preach your religion? Because you are trying to convince yourselves?

m.g. scott
LAYTON, UT

Re: Kami

One of Romneys biggest criticisms has been that he has Not kept in line as a politician with Church standards. Like when he was governor of MA.

However Obama admitted to the Russians that if re-elected he will do as he pleases because he won't be facing any re-election. Now that is the scary thought.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@A Scientist
"If you do not think Romney's faith is a concern, you should."

I left the LDS church after being a member for 4 years. I have a pretty good idea of Romney's faith... and it doesn't concern me. His policies give plenty of cause for concern but when it comes to faith... Romney's not the one I worry about. It's the Santorum types that I worry about. The only faith based thing anyone has to worry about from Romney is that he might not have the spine to veto faith based bills coming out of a Republican Congress.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

@ A Scientist

"Is that why Mormons such as yourself take every opportunity to preach your religion? Because you are trying to convince yourselves?"

Lame comeback, great effort, but lame. You had to know somebody would show up and have to turn this into an attack on the LDS faith. If anything we should all be looking at our constitution....."Seperation between Church and State." If you don't like Romney, make it because of his political background, political knowledge, political stance. Don't be concerned or hate him because he is Mormon. That doesn't make sense, what does being Mormon have to do with being President and running our country. I have yet to hear him say he would demand everyone to become a Mormon, or require everyone to pay for health care to support those who won't do for themselves. He is not requiring a 10% tithe to all Americans. You have to provide more and better reasons you are concerned with Romney. Make it political also. After all, we have all accepted that Obama is a Muslim. So Romney being Mormon shouldn't be a big deal at all.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

@m.g.Scott: Yeah, that's what he said, those exact words.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@UtahBruin
"we have all accepted that Obama is a Muslim"

No we haven't, the people who think he's a Muslim disproportionately hate muslims, and the people who don't think he's muslim disproportionately use their brains.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

@UtahBruin,

Obama is a christian. He may have once been a muslim but now all he does is bomb them! Much like our Christian nation ...

"If anything we should all be looking at our constitution....."Seperation between Church and State." If you don't like Romney, make it because of his political background, political knowledge, political stance. Don't be concerned or hate him because he is Mormon."

I agree about the constitution part. Romney can't separate church and state ... he's already presigned an oath against gay marriage. There's no separating life from church when you're an lds member ... it's every day every minute forever. His decisions WILL be influenced by his LDS faith and that's not separation of church and state.

If you're concentrating on constitution, UtahBruin, take a look at Ron Paul. He's the truth you're looking for.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

"After all, we have all accepted that Obama is a Muslim."

He says he is not, but if he was, what would it matter? Are all Muslims somehow substandard leaders? Are all Muslims not worthy of respect? Are all Muslims automatically disqualified from national positions? I work with several Muslims who are just as patriotic, just as smart, and just as respect-worthy as anyone of any faith (or no faith).

Again, why would it even matter if President Obama was a Muslim?

Californian#1@94131
San Francisco, CA

Are any polls asking what percentage of Americans are concerned about having a Democrat or a Republican as President?

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