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Published: Friday, June 22 2012 12:00 p.m. MDT

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Sanpete, UT

NOT voting for a man just because he is a Mormon is just as dumb as voting for the man just because he IS a Mormon. Sadly, we will have both types of people in this country.

American Fork, UT

I am, however, anti republican.

vacaville, ca

An interesting observation is that almost all news article headlines about this, report that 18 % would not vote for a Mormon. I actually found one article with a headline that said "80 percent of Americans would support Mormon for president‎". ie. Glass is half full (or 80% full).

Durham, NC

I wonder what percent have an anti black American bias....?

"The poll also found that 43 percent of Americans do not even know Romney is a Mormon."

Wow, doesn't that say something. Talk about taking the stance of "standing for something".

What an opportunity lost. People should be voting for him because of his morals, not because of unidentifiable morals.

Salt Lake City, UT

What was the anti-Catholic bias against JFK? Those biased against Mormons are either the far left or the extreme religious fundamentalists. Romney doesn't want to be associated with either.

Ann Arbor, MI

So much for "exposure". Almost half the nation doesn't know he's mormon. I'd be interesed in how many Americans actually know what mormon is.

The last time the nation took interest in a 1% niche religion is when donny and marie were on TV.....35 years ago.

Kevin Langemeier
Omaha, NE

Actually anyone that would understand the truth of Mormonism will see them as Christians

navarre, fl

Hey, DN, your headline seems rather odd, no? "Just" 18%, when it was only 17% before. And, does "just" mean you think it is good. Methinks something like "One in five express anti-Mormon..." would have been better.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

to Hemlock: A candidate running for office would accept the votes of anyone if the opportunity presented itself, even if they publicly returned a donation. All votes count the same.

Salt Lake City, UT

"I wonder what percent have an anti black American bias....?"

I think polls from Gallup had that at around 5%.

Florissant, MO

Just??? So how would society look at us if "just 18%" would not vote for a person because he is black? I would consider both being very close minded. So when I vote for Romney, it won't be because he is a Mormon and Obama is black, it will be because I want someone to save this economy and to get our nation back in a safe zone. I want someone that other nations fear, not mock at.

Alexandria, VA

Now how many told the truth in the poll?

Durham, NC

Alt134 - if those numbers are current, that is indeed great news. In the 2008 election the numbers ranged from 17-19, about the same range. Probably the same people as well. Go figure....

"I want someone that other nations fear, not mock at."

Ummmm, first of all who is mocking the current president? When was the last time you heard North Korea, Iran, or Venezuela kick sand out way? They made it a regular practice during the last administration. Bush Senior, Clinton, Reagan, all "respected" internationally. Bush the Second was not. So lets be real careful what we are after here. If the goal is to intimidate our enemies, long term we will have big issues with China. Economically in the future we will have a hard time matching their economic potential simply because of the numbers of people\citizens in play. We would be far better off if our fellow nations respected us, not feared us.

Even under Reagan, terrorist neither feared nor respected us... and were not afraid to strike at us. Under Bush II, again, no fear, despite the pounding they took. Respect provides far more leverage than fear. Fear should be the last resort.

Far East USA, SC

"I want someone that other nations fear"

I find that sad. And you wonder why other nations want nuclear weapons.

I want someone that other nations respect.

Orem, UT

@mojules -- That is hardly a fair comparison. A person's religious background influences his or her decisions in everyday life. Mitt can change is religious ideology, but he cannot change his ethnicity. If I had it my way, we'd have an agnostic in the White House. Then we could end all the whining about the president's religion.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

Most of the people I know have more of a problem with Romney's tendency to tell tall tales and flip-flop than where he goes to church. As columnist, Michael Cohen, for The Guardian points out, in his June 21st column, "Mendacious Mitt", "the United States has never been witness to a presidential candidate, in modern American history, who lies as frequently, as flagrantly and as brazenly as Mitt Romney." Not exactly an article of faith with any religion that I know of.

Las Vegas, NV

If the 5% anti black Americans bias is true, why the heck democrats kept playing the race card?

"There is evidence of noise in the poll based on the fact 25 percent of Democrats said they would not vote for a Mormon..." How does this explain why they are in love with Harry Reid, the Mormon?

To say that you vote for someone just because he is Mormon is no worse than voting for someone because he is black or white. Blacks are very Opinionated folks and to vote 95%+ Obama tells you it is racial but let's not forget that whites overwhelmingly voted for Obama too. Like MLK said, let's judge the man on the content of his character not the color of his skin or religion.George Bush is not Mormon, Harry Reid is yet Mormons overwhelming support Bush and oppose Reid, it's not about religion is it?

Yuma, CO.

Imagine if you will someone who openly acknowledges being prejudiced against Blacks or Hispanics, Catholics, Presbyterians, etc.. Now imagine that 18% of the population bears that same exact prejudice, this is not good news for Latter-Day Saints however it may be better than expected.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Utah Blue Devil
Actually I'll look up full results, this is a very old poll, a Gallup one from 2007. There may be some disparity between "unwilling to vote for" in the poll I'm using and "less likely to vote for" that other polls use.
Willing to vote for...
Catholic: 97% liberal 94% conservative
Black: 95%L 92%C
Jewish: 93%L 91%C
Woman: 96%L 82%C
Hispanic: 92%L 84%C
Mormon: 75%L 66%C (this is pre-prop 8 a huge reason, along with Romney being the nominee, for the reversal of late)
Married 3 times (Giuliani): 74%L 60%C
72yr old (McCain): 59%L 63%C (this is why anti-mormonism didn't cost it for Romney, McCain had the bigger handicap)
Gay: 81%L 36%C
Atheist: 67%L 29%C

Yeah, old people was the only category at the time conservtives were more willing to vote for than liberals. Now that Mormons switched one can see that everyone is more willing to vote for those that are more likely to be of their political persuasion.

Salt Lake City, UT

Right after I sent that in I was thinking "wait, if this article is from a Gallup poll...that means there's a new one." This time though it's Democrat-Indepdent-Republican
Black: 97%D 95%I 95%R
Woman 97%D 96%I 92%R
Catholic 95%D 92%I 97%R
Hispanic 94%D 89%I 93%R
Jew 92%D 89%I 95%R
Mormon 72%D 79%I 90%R
LGBT 82%D 68%I 56%R
Muslim 69%D 58%I 47%R
Atheist 58%D 56%I 48%R

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