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Published: Thursday, Feb. 20 2014 9:10 a.m. MST

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Tyler D
Meridian, ID

The 3000 year marketing campaign to convince people that religion=morality has apparently been a smashing success.

This reminds me of the scene in the movie Contact where Jodie Foster’s character is grilled by Congress and voted off the “visit the aliens” trip because should did not believe in God, despite being the most qualified scientist in the pool.

What a sad reality we live in when (all other things being equal) people would rather vote for someone who believes in a book that says killing apostates or in “defense of the faith” is OK, instead of non-believer scientist.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

Recent? The linked poll is from 2012.

swoop alumnus
SLC, UT

I find it hard to believe. I think the last election proves that many americans and the vast majority of the press spun it that being a "mormon" is the worst of all possible things. even many repubs, elected officials and "conservatives" must have felt the same way as they stayed away from the polls in droves. I know, little harry is a "mormon" but because he is a liberal, ademocrat and willing to do whatever barry says, he gets a pass. Life ain't fair, just look who is "leading" the country, barry, the community organizer.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@swoop alumnus

of course the last election could not have anything to do with the nasty and off topics important to the voters rhetoric of the far right, right?

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Doesn't surprise me,

I mean,
the rabid right continues to trample religous freedom of Muslims to build a cultural center in New York,
secretly believes Pres. Obama is one - and hates him for it,
and think Aethists are esteemed lower than worshippers of Satan.

Ironic, since they voted for Mitt Romney and view us Mormons as un-Christian, and are lower than Aethists because we believe Jesus to be the Brother of Satan.

Sad,
Because what if the best person to lead our Country was a Black, Gay, Female, Muslim...

Reminds me of that episode of All in the Family when Archie Bunker discovers that the person who saved his life with a blood transfusion was a Black, Jewish, Woman.

40 years later -- that's still the funniest bit from Television!
Sad, it's till true today, 40 years later...

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

When you see that 98% of African Americans who voted voted for barack, it certainly doesn't make me feel bad about the chance of an African American. The left voted for him largely due to his race.

Never in the history of the country has a race voted so one sided.

The left should be happy that the African American population doesnt' look beyond race in determining who to vote for.

Phranc
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@chris B
So when African Americans vote for Obama its alright to claim it is because of race but when other do not vote for Obama its not alright to claim its based on race? thanks got it.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@chris B

So Obama also won the women's votes and Jewish votes by large margins is that because people thought he was a jewish woman?

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

@Chris B – “When you see that 98% of African Americans who voted voted for barack”

Considering the size of the African American population (as a percentage of total population), their vote was probably offset by the number of people who voted R for exactly the same reason (the president’s race).

If true (that they cancelled each other out), it looks like the president still won the popular vote based on merit/issues.

sharrona
layton, UT

Billy Graham Endorsed Romney: What impresses me even more than Governor Romney’s successful career are his values and strong moral convictions. I appreciate his faithful commitment to his impressive family, particularly his wife Ann of 43 years and his five married sons.“It was a privilege to pray with Governor Romney—for his family and our country.

I believe America is at a crossroads. I hope millions of Americans will join me in praying for our nation and to vote for candidates who will support the biblical definition of marriage, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms.”

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris - let try your comment using the old smell test --

When you see that 98% of Mormons who voted voted for Romney, it certainly doesn't make me feel bad about the chance of a Mormon. The Mormons voted for him largely due to his Religion.

Never in the history of the country has a race voted so one sided.

The right should be happy that the Mormon population doesnt' look beyond Religion in determining who to vote for.

4:04 p.m. Feb. 20, 2014

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Karen R.
Houston, TX

As someone has already noted, the poll is from 2012 - June, to be exact. What DN doesn't tell you is:

1) the number of people that said they would vote for an atheist has risen by 36% since 1958;

2) the number that said they'd vote for a gay/lesbian has increased by 42% since 1978; and

3) the number that said they'd vote for a Mormon has remained unchanged since 1967.

Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK

I'm not so much concerned with a presidential candidate's race, sex, or religion as I am what they support or seek in upholding the office. In fact the Republican party has plenty of women, blacks, hispanics, and even atheists who are viable as presidential candidates.

... But when people talk to me about "black presidents" or "female presidents", what they usually mean are "liberal presidents", using "black" and "female" as devices to accuse me of being racist or sexist if I disapprove of such a candidate on their liberalism, entirely independent of their race or sex.

Claims of anti-black racism in particular are a swift way to close meaningful discussion, given the voting demographics of the 2008 and especially the 2012 elections.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

So a clear majority of the nation would apparently be willing to vote for a presidential candidate regardless of being Moslem, atheist, or homosexual? Of course the nation did show that to be true, I think, in voting twice for a man who referred to "my Moslem religion".

Personally I would not find any of those categories to be representative of my own basic values or those of most of the people, and would be very unlikely to vote for any such. At the same time, although I am LDS and conservative, I am not thrilled with Mitt as a presidential candidate and don't think I would vote for him either.

maclouie
Falconer, NY

@Phranc

"So when African Americans vote for Obama its alright to claim it is because of race but when other do not vote for Obama its not alright to claim its based on race? thanks got it."

Your simplistic characterization is so wrong. Here's why: let's say the last election barry won 53:47. If you look at non-black voters it was probably 52:48 but when you look at black voters it was 90:10. If the black vote wasn't based on race then the black vote would not have been so skewed. Sure, some of the non-black vote might have been for race, too, but the numbers (assuming I represented them fairly) clearly show race was the factor among the black voters.

maclouie
Falconer, NY

Open Minded Mormon:

"When you see that 98% of Mormons who voted voted for Romney, it certainly doesn't make me feel bad about the chance of a Mormon. The Mormons voted for him largely due to his Religion.

Never in the history of the country has a race voted so one sided.

The right should be happy that the Mormon population doesn't look beyond Religion in determining who to vote for."

I wonder how many of the "Mormon population" would have voted for Harry. Maybe 5?

Your smell test: F-A-I-L

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