43% of respondents said it’s very or somewhat important for a candidate to share their religious beliefs (62% of Republican primary voters said it was very/somewhat important).
More people express reservations about voting for a Mormon presidential candidate than for an evangelical, Jew or Catholic. Just 53% expressed favorable views about Mormonism and there appears to be a knowledge gap about Mormons. These views affected perceptions of Gov. Mitt Romney’s candidacy.
On Governor Mitt Romney’s religion, 36 percent of evangelicals say they’re less likely to vote for him because of his Mormonism– far more than the number of non-evangelical Protestants (7 percent) who say so.
More white evangelicals want to hear presidential candidates talk about health care and Iraq than any other issue and were more likely to say that Democrats were talking about these issues. White evangelicals are more likely to say that social issues are important in determining their vote and that it’s important for a candidate to [...]
The Pew Research Center has conducted several topical analyses using this data. Mormonism and Islam: Study gives insights into Americans’ views about Islam, Mormonism and Pope Benedict XVI; responses are broken down in terms of religious and political demographics. It also gives statistics on whether voters would vote for a Muslim or Mormon running for [...]