Poll: Mormon Faith Could Be A Wedge Issue For Voters In 2012

If you are a supporter of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney or a supporter of former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, this is something to keep an eye on.

American voters are substantially less comfortable with the idea of a Mormon president than having a leader of any religion other than a Muslim.

Overall, only 45 percent of voters say they have a favorable opinion of the Mormon religion, while 32 percent have an unfavorable view of the faith. Only 25 percent of the electorate says their religion and Mormonism are very or somewhat similar.

“It appears that the American people – especially Democrats – have many more questions about a Mormon in the White House than they do about followers of other religions,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  “And most don’t see much similarity between their religion and Mormonism.

“The fact that less than half of voters have a favorable view of the religion is likely to be a political issue that Gov. Mitt Romney, and should his campaign catch on, Gov. Jon Huntsman, will have to deal with as they pursue the White House.”

Among Republicans, or GOP-leaning independent voters, Romney leads the race for the GOP nomination with 25 percent. 20 percent are undecided.

From May 31 – June 6, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,946 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The Republican primary included 830 voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent.


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