Reflections

A Magazine of Theological and Ethical Inquiry from Yale Divinity School

Survey: Diversifying The Presidential Field

A national poll reports that Americans say they are willing to vote for a Roman Catholic, a woman, an African American or a Hispanic, but less likely to vote for a Mormon.

The same poll said Americans are more likely to vote for a homosexual presidential candidate than an atheist.

The survey can be compared to a similar poll taken in 1937. Today, 92 percent of voters say they could vote for a Jewish candidate. In 1937 it was 46 percent. Also, 95 percent said they could vote for a Catholic today. It was 60 percent in 1937.

Source: USA Today/Gallup, a survey of 1,006 adults in February 2007. 

Issue Title: 
Faith and Citizenship in Turbulent Times
Issue Year: 
2007