60%

Percentage of Americans who know Mitt Romney is Mormon and are comfortable with it, according to a July 26 report from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

  • Share
  • Read Later
47 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Y'know what would be a hilarious variation of that poll?  If you split that into those who are leaning towards Romney vs those who are leaning towards Obama.  I bet those who are voting for Obama are more comfortable with his religion.

sacredh
sacredh

You're probably right.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

*sigh*

I'm a practicing Catholic. My faith means a lot to me. And I cannot wait for the day when we have no idea what, if any, faith our candidates profess.

How's about we just focus on what they intend to do if elected? Could we try that?

sacredh
sacredh

Sue_N, I don't practice anything. I don't care about a candidate's religion. I don't even care much about their home life. In a way, I'd like to see a candidate admit to being an atheist (I think that it's very likely that there may be as many as a hundred in Congress), but OTOH, if a candidate would admit to being an atheist, I'd think that they weren't serious about being elected.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

But I'd admire his guts for admitting it, and if he were competent, shared my views and had a vision that agreed with mine, I'd vote for him (or her) in a heartbeat.

It irritates me that somehow we've apparently decided that only Christians need apply. Why? Where is that in the Constitution the wingers claim to worship? Considering the poor quality of some of our past presidents, clearly being Christian doesn't guarantee competence. And given the behavior of some of our pols, it doesn't even guarantee morality. So what's the big deal?

In fact, if anything, a pol claiming to be a Christian and thumping his/her Bible makes it harder for him or her to get my vote, because I expect to see some reflection of that in his or her policies. If I don't see some evidence of Gospel values – care for the poor, value of human rights and dignity, desire for peace and justice and a hatred of war – then, dude, you're out.

As for a candidates home life … well, I did vote for Clinton. ;)

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Alas, we can’t focus on what Romney intends to do since he won’t tell us. I’m not sure he knows what he intends to do either.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

Exactly. And that's far more troubling than his, or anyone else's, religious beliefs.

But, hey, why argue substance when we can obsess over trivia, right?

fhmadvocat
fhmadvocat

What I find most interesting is that those people who have the most problems with Mitt Romney's religion and are most  likely to call it a "cult" come from the Republican party.  Mitt would have fewer problems with his religion if he were a Democrat.

sacredh
sacredh

My MIL's church calls the Catholics a cult. The Mormons are on a level with Jehovah Witnesses with them. As an aside, my MIL sometimes introduces me as "This is my daughter's husband. He's a heathen." No name. Just "the heathen".

Pnnto
Pnnto

"My MIL's church calls the Catholics a cult."

We are Papists! Thankyouverymuch.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

Pnnto, the "pagan" thing may not make sense, but, hey, I'm in the Land of Louie (Gohmert), so make of that what you will.

And "papist" actually originated during the English Reformation. But I've always preferred "mackerel-snapper" myself. ;)

sacredh
sacredh

She's laid off that heathen stuff some. I started introducing her to my friends as "My wife's crazy mother. She wears depends". I win. Again.

Pnnto
Pnnto

But "pagan" doesn't even make sense as a slur! 

And you are southern, right ? Texas? I thought "papist" was coined there.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

Down in my neck of the woods, we're pagans. Being recognized as "papists" would be a step up.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

If MIL calls you The Heathen is that because your first name is Heath and that how she remembers it? What do you call her? (Hope you don’t need to screen name to pass thru moderation) I do love the fact that her church is critical of the church directly descended from Jesus Himself, like He matters.

sacredh
sacredh

It took me years to convince her that atheists didn't worship the devil.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

OTOH the number of Republicans who think Obama is a muslim has doubled since 2008. That's pretty scary.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/wei...

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

But if he was a Muslim, so what?? [....inner Powell]

SOW, since the administation has offed so many terrorists of late, shouldn't we be assuming that vast majority of the 3 billion Muslims left--in particular those who reside here--haven't been plotting to terrorize our country?  Am I being naive?

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

I guess that the Nutters keep expecting to see Obama's name show up as the current AQ #3 man - putting POTUS in the awkward position of having to order a drone strike on himself.... %-/

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

If there were ever a poster-poll to highlight the term "Low Information Voter" this must be it.

## 60% correct versus 40% incorrect or do not know: Slightly better than a coin toss.

If 40% of the American public can be so clueless about a basic fact like this in July, it really makes you wonder where and how they'll get informed enough in order to vote in November ?

Sad face.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

Not from your local news, that's for sure.

http://mediamatters.org/resear...

Local news outlets have helped push the dishonest narrative that

President Obama's "you didn't build that" comments were an attack on

small business owners while promoting Mitt Romney's resulting "We Did

Build This" events. Local outlets also repeatedly failed to play the

crucial missing context of Obama's remarks, which made it clear that he

was promoting the importance of public investment in infrastructure to

the success of small businesses.

~

bobell
bobell

It's like one of those videos of a Senator speaking from the rostrum of the Senate chamber -- and then the camera pans around the room and there's no audience.

What if they gave an election and no one paid attention?  We're getting there.

One consequence is, of course, that all of us here in the swamp are wasting our time.

grape_crush
grape_crush

Percentage of Americans who know Mitt Romney is Mormon and are comfortable with it...

Either the very Christian-religious or the very irreligious, apparently:

Along religious lines, white evangelical Protestants and black Protestants, on the one hand, and atheists and agnostics on the other, are the most likely to say they are uncomfortable with Romney’s faith.

Beholdthejabberwock
Beholdthejabberwock

Not surprising. Evangelical Protestants tend to be uncomfortable with any faith that isn't theirs, and atheists and agnostics tend to be uncomfortable with the very idea of religious faith.

sacredh
sacredh

I polled myself.

.

sacredh: Do you know that Romney is a Mormon?

.

sacredh: Yes. I don't give a rat's @ss.

sacredh: Will it affect your vote?

.

sacredh: What did I just say?

.

sacredh: Are you going to vote in November?

.

sacredh: Yes. I'm going to vote for Obama, but probably only once this time.

.

sacredh: What would it take for you to switch and vote for Romney?

.

sacredh: Romney's money, then I'd donate most of it to Obama. Leave me alone. (click)

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

"I pulled myself"

You deserve it!

sacredh
sacredh

I wish I could quit me.

bobell
bobell

Self-polling?  Doesn't the Bible forbid that?

Or is it something Mitt wants illegal aliens to do?

I'm so confuuuuused!

sacredh
sacredh

Let's put it this way bobell. Never shake my hand unless you see me wash it first.

sacredh
sacredh

100% of atheists say BFD.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

It's not like you're gonna trot two gold tablets that fell outa the sky across New York state.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

b/c he's a Mormon is not a reason why I won't vote for him....

bobell
bobell

Agreed. I'm not at all discomfited by his religion. I'm terrified of him as a politician.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Worse than W?

bobell
bobell

It's hard to say until we see what he actually does (which I hope will be never).  If he manages to kill the ACA and put the Ryan budget into effect in his first year, I think that will top what Dubya did.  I also expect a foreigh-policy disaster on a par with Iraq.

"Epic fail" may be inadequate for what Mitt promises.  How about "Supernova-like fail"?

bobell
bobell

How many don't know he's a Mormon?

bobell
bobell

Answering my own question (after reading the item, which of course I should have done first), 32 percent don't know his religion.  Nine percnt guessed something else. That leaves 60 percent who correctly think he's a Mormon. (Yes, it totals 101 percent.  Roundng.)

Of the 60 percent who got his religion right, 60 percent are comfortable with it.  (That both are 60 is just a coincidence.)  That means, O Anonymous Poster, that only 36 percent both know and are comfortable.  Your post is WRONG!

Interestingly, of the 9 percent who thought he was of a different religion, 61 percnt were comfortable with that, even though they were wrong about what his religion was.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

###################################################

What bobell said!

Actually, if you look on the chart further down, it clearly assigns 41% as

the percentage of people who are comfortable with his religion while at the same time are not "do not know" his religion.

Headline FAIL.

EDIT: Fixed statement above. Also: I think they came up with the 41% number by multiplying the "60% comfortable" times the percentage of people who are not "do not know" (100-32=68%). So, 60% x 68% = 40.8%

Also makes me wonder: if the respondents were "comfortable" with his religion, but incorrectly identified it, were they informed of their error?

Did this change their comfort level?

Pnnto
Pnnto

A good sign but it'd be better if it were 100%.

Silly rightists "BHO is a Muslim!" and Michelle Bachmann aside most Americans don't have issues with a candidate's religion.

Pnnto
Pnnto

James-Maybe it was the candidate more than the candidate's religion?

Was Santorum rejected because he was Catholic or nuts? Same with the rest.

Not sure which atheist has tried to run for the Presidency. Religion couldn't have been a smaller part of McCain's campaign or life and that didn't seem to matter to the republican right.

I could be wrong.

happydayfortennis
happydayfortennis

Thank you. During the whole "BHO is a Muslim!" debate, all I could think about is why that should even be a problem if he were. But I'm almost 85% sure he would not have been elected if he had  been openly Muslim.

formerlyjamesm
formerlyjamesm

Can't quite agree on this one Pnnto.  In this election, Santorum and Bachmann turned a lot of people, religious and not, off with their religious preaching.  In the past, Rev. Pat Robertson did the same.

Also, when an atheist ever has a credible chance at the Presidency, maybe I will come over. 

Beholdthejabberwock
Beholdthejabberwock

We (atheists) will not see an atheist president in our lifetimes. (I'm 32.) When you find yourself having conversations with people who honestly believe God-belief is a requirement for morality, don't hold your breath on "the people" propping up a non-believing candidate. (Having said that, isn't Australia's PM an atheist? I wonder how the voting public in Australia view that little gem.)

And I must agree with Pnnto. It wasn't necessarily Santorum or Bachmann's religious proselytizing that turned people off. It was the batsh!t insanity disguised as religious proselytizing.

Boris_KGB
Boris_KGB

Hi,

Yup, I can confirm that the Australian PM is an athiest (as am I). We really don't give a stuff. Religion doesn't play in politics in Australia the way it does in the US.

It gets mentioned in passing once in a blue moon in the media, but it's a non issue for us as a rule. We wrangle over policy, not religion. That said, I'm sure there are voters to whom the fact that she is an athiest matters, but it certainly doesn't get any media time.