June 8, 2011 - Romney Leads GOP Pack, Runs Best Against Obama, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Mormons Near Bottom Of Voter Comfort Scale

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American voters are substantially less comfortable with the idea of a Mormon president than having a leader of any religion other than a Muslim, yet Gov. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, has opened up a lead in the race for the Republican nomination and runs best against President Barack Obama of the GOP candidates included in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

When voters describe their comfort level with the faith of presidential candidates, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds:
             Entirely         Somewhat         Somewhat          Entirely
             comfortable      comfortable      uncomfortable     uncomfortable
Catholic       60               23                8                5
Jewish         55               25                9                6
Evangelical
Christian      43               24               14               12
Mormon         35               25               19               17
Atheist        24               13               16               44
Muslim         21               17               23               36


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. The only other candidate in double-digits is former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, at 15 percent. Businessman Howard Cain is at 9 percent, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul at 8 percent each. Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann gets 6 percent, with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at 5 percent and former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum at 4 percent. Huntsman gets 1 percent. Another 20 percent are undecided.

In trial heats against President Obama, Romney trails 47 - 41 percent, while Huntsman, Pawlenty and Palin trail by 48 - 34 percent, 48 - 36 percent and 53 - 36 percent respectively.

Voters are split 46 - 48 percent on whether Obama deserves a second term as president.

"Whether it's because of the media coverage of his recent formal announcement, or the fact that Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee have dropped out, Gov. Romney has surged ahead of the Republican field. Until now Quinnipiac University's polls have shown many candidates bunched together in the mid-teens, now he has opened up some daylight on the field and is within six points of the president."

In a substantial partisan split, 68 percent of Republicans are comfortable with a Mormon president compared to 49 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of independent voters. There are gender and racial gaps: 64 percent of men but only 55 percent of women are comfortable; 64 percent of whites but only 38 percent of blacks.

Republicans have a 51 - 31 percent favorable view of Mormonism, compared to a split 39 - 38 percent among Democrats and 48 - 26 among independent voters. Men are favorable 50 - 29 percent and women are favorable 42 - 34 percent. Whites are favorable 48 - 31 percent; blacks are unfavorable 34 - 38 percent.

"Although women are sometimes thought to be more tolerant than are men, when it comes to Mormonism, the opposite is true," said Brown. "The fact that only one in three voters would be comfortable with an atheist in the White House explains why candidates make a point of emphasizing their religious beliefs."

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.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. (Republicans and Republican Leaners) If the 2012 Republican primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were - Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Gary Johnson, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, and Herman Cain, for whom would you vote?
                     REPUBLICANS......
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Palin                15%    11%    18%
Gingrich              8      9      7
Romney               25     27     22
Pawlenty              5      6      4
Bachmann              6      5      7
Johnson               -      -      -
Santorum              4      3      4
Paul                  8     13      3
Huntsman              1      2      1
Cain                  9     11      7
DK/NA                20     13     26
 
TREND: (Republicans and Republican Leaners) If the 2012 Republican primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul Michele Bachmann, Gary Johnson, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman, and Donald Trump, for whom would you vote? (*na=not asked in survey reported)
                     REPUBLICANS...........
                     Jun 08  May 04  Nov 22
                     2011    2011    2010
 
Palin                15      15      19
Huckabee             na      15      17
Gingrich              8       5      15
Romney               25      18      18
Daniels              na       5       2
Pawlenty              5       4       6
Bachmann              6       4      na
Johnson               -       1      na
Santorum              4       1      na
Paul                  8       5      na
Huntsman              1       1      na
Trump                na      12      na
Barbour              na      na       2
Thune                na      na       2
Cain                  9      na      na
SMONE ELSE(VOL)      na      na       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)     na      na       1
DK/NA                20      15      17
 
 
2. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were - Barack Obama the Democrat and Jon Huntsman the Republican for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                48%     9%    89%    45%    46%    50%    42%    90%
Huntsman             34     76      4     28     37     32     40      5
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      2      1      3      3      2      3      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      1      3      4      2      3      2
DK/NA                12     10      5     20     10     13     13      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                50%    52%    45%    54%    45%    46%    85%    58%    19%
Huntsman             31     33     37     30     36     44      5     23     62
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4      2      2      2      4      1      2      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      3      3      4      2      1      2      4
DK/NA                13      9     12     12     11      7      6     14     12
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Obama                60%    47%    50%    22%    32%    43%
Huntsman             27     34     35     57     51     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      2      2      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      2      4      3      2
DK/NA                 9     12     11     14     12     10
 
 
3. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were - Barack Obama the Democrat and Tim Pawlenty the Republican for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                48%     9%    89%    47%    46%    50%    41%    92%
Pawlenty             36     79      3     32     38     35     44      4
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      1      3      4      3      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      1      3      4      2      2      2
DK/NA                 9      8      5     15      8     11     10      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                52%    52%    45%    54%    47%    45%    87%    59%    19%
Pawlenty             32     36     39     32     37     47      5     23     67
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4      3      3      2      4      2      2      4      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      2      3      4      1      1      2      3
DK/NA                 9      7     11      9      8      5      6     12      8
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Obama                58%    47%    51%    21%    31%    42%
Pawlenty             29     37     36     63     55     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       4      3      2      3      2      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      2      2      2      2
DK/NA                 9     10      9     11     10      9
 
 
4. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were - Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                47%     7%    87%    45%    43%    50%    39%    90%
Romney               41     86      6     38     45     38     49      5
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      2      4      3      3      3      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      3      3      1      2      2
DK/NA                 6      3      5     11      5      7      7      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                52%    48%    44%    52%    44%    43%    86%    55%    17%
Romney               34     40     46     36     43     53      6     31     72
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       5      4      1      3      4      1      3      4      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      1      2      4      -      1      2      2
DK/NA                 6      6      7      6      5      3      4      8      5
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Obama                56%    45%    51%    18%    29%    38%
Romney               35     42     41     71     62     49
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      3      2      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      3      1      2      2      2
DK/NA                 6      8      4      7      5      8
 
TREND: If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were, Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican for whom would you vote?
                     Jun 08  Nov 22
                     2011    2010
 
Obama                47      44
Romney               41      45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2
DK/NA                 6       7
 
 
5. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were - Barack Obama the Democrat and Sarah Palin the Republican for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                53%    12%    91%    56%    50%    55%    46%    94%
Palin                36     78      4     29     37     35     43      3
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      4      2      3      4      3      4      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      2      6      5      3      4      2
DK/NA                 4      3      2      6      4      4      4      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                56%    57%    49%    55%    52%    52%    90%    65%    21%
Palin                31     34     39     32     37     42      5     22     67
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       5      4      2      4      3      2      2      4      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      4      3      5      2      2      4      4
DK/NA                 4      2      6      6      2      2      1      5      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Obama                61%    50%    58%    25%    35%    46%
Palin                29     38     32     62     54     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      4      3      3      3      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      4      4      5      4      5
DK/NA                 6      4      3      5      4      6
 
TREND: If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were, Barack Obama the Democrat and Sarah Palin the Republican for whom would you vote?
                     Jun 08  Nov 22
                     2011    2010
 
Obama                53      48
Palin                36      40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       3
DK/NA                 4       4
 
 
9. Looking ahead to the 2012 election for President...Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Deserves         46%     9%    84%    46%    42%    49%    38%    90%
No/Does not          48     88     11     45     50     45     56      8
DK/NA                 6      3      5      9      8      5      6      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Deserves         48%    49%    43%    51%    45%    42%    82%    56%    18%
No/Does not          45     46     50     43     50     54     13     36     78
DK/NA                 7      5      7      6      6      4      5      8      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes/Deserves         56%    45%    48%    20%    31%    38%
No/Does not          39     49     45     75     65     55
DK/NA                 5      6      7      4      4      7
 
TREND: Looking ahead to the 2012 election for President, do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected? (*High also May 2011, **Low also Mar 2010)
                             BIN LADEN DEATH                 YES DESERVES...
                             Post    Pre                     High    Low
                     Jun 08  May 05  May 05  Mar 30  Mar 03  Jun 08  Jul 21
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2010**
 
Yes/deserves         46      46      45      41      45      46      40
No/does not          48      42      48      50      47      48      48
DK/NA                 6      11       6       9       7       6      12
 
 
24a. If you honestly assessed yourself, thinking in general about - an Evangelical Christian president of the United States, is that something you'd be entirely comfortable with, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or entirely uncomfortable with?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Entirely Comfortable 43%    57%    30%    41%    43%    43%    44%    43%
Smwht Comfortable    24     24     25     24     26     23     23     26
Smwht Uncomfortable  14     10     18     17     14     15     16     12
Entirely Uncomfortbl 12      5     17     12     11     12     13      6
DK/NA                 7      5      9      6      6      8      5     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Entirely Comfortable 41%    44%    43%    41%    45%    44%    25%    39%    59%
Smwht Comfortable    27     27     21     27     22     25     21     26     24
Smwht Uncomfortable  14     13     15     14     16     12     22     18      8
Entirely Uncomfortbl  8     11     14      8     13     17     26     12      4
DK/NA                 9      5      7     10      4      2      5      5      6
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Entirely Comfortable 37%    43%    43%    68%    59%    39%
Smwht Comfortable    28     25     22     20     22     23
Smwht Uncomfortable  16     13     19      5     11     19
Entirely Uncomfortbl 14     10     15      3      4     12
DK/NA                 5      9      2      5      3      7
 
 
24b. If you honestly assessed yourself, thinking in general about - a Jewish president of the United States, is that something you'd be entirely comfortable with, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or entirely uncomfortable with?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Entirely Comfortable 55%    60%    49%    56%    57%    53%    58%    40%
Smwht Comfortable    25     24     26     27     24     26     26     30
Smwht Uncomfortable   9      8     11     10      9     10      9     12
Entirely Uncomfortbl  6      4      9      3      6      6      3     10
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      5      5      4      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Entirely Comfortable 51%    58%    55%    46%    59%    73%    60%    55%    55%
Smwht Comfortable    27     25     24     29     22     19     26     24     26
Smwht Uncomfortable  10     10      9     11     12      4      6     11      9
Entirely Uncomfortbl  9      3      6      8      5      2      6      5      6
DK/NA                 3      3      7      6      3      2      2      5      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Entirely Comfortable 56%    48%    68%    56%    59%    57%
Smwht Comfortable    23     27     23     25     24     28
Smwht Uncomfortable   9     11      5      8      9      7
Entirely Uncomfortbl  9      8      2      6      4      3
DK/NA                 3      6      2      5      4      5
 
 
24c. If you honestly assessed yourself, thinking in general about - a Catholic president of the United States, is that something you'd be entirely comfortable with, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or entirely uncomfortable with?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Entirely Comfortable 60%    64%    57%    62%    62%    59%    64%    43%
Smwht Comfortable    23     25     22     22     21     25     23     22
Smwht Uncomfortable   8      6     11      7      7      8      7     15
Entirely Uncomfortbl  5      3      7      4      5      4      3     13
DK/NA                 4      3      3      5      5      4      3      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Entirely Comfortable 49%    63%    64%    52%    64%    75%    61%    61%    62%
Smwht Comfortable    29     21     21     26     19     19     20     23     24
Smwht Uncomfortable  11      8      7     10     10      1     11      7      7
Entirely Uncomfortbl  7      5      3      7      4      2      7      4      4
DK/NA                 3      4      5      5      3      3      1      5      3
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Entirely Comfortable 64%    55%    73%    59%    64%    77%
Smwht Comfortable    22     25     18     28     24     18
Smwht Uncomfortable   7      9      6      6      5      2
Entirely Uncomfortbl  4      6      1      5      3      -
DK/NA                 3      5      2      3      4      3
 
 
24d. If you honestly assessed yourself, thinking in general about - an atheist president of the United States, is that something you'd be entirely comfortable with, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or entirely uncomfortable with?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Entirely Comfortable 24%    12%    31%    27%    28%    20%    26%    10%
Smwht Comfortable    13     11     12     16     14     12     14      8
Smwht Uncomfortable  16     18     13     18     15     17     17     11
Entirely Uncomfortbl 44     57     38     36     39     48     42     64
DK/NA                 4      2      5      3      4      3      3      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Entirely Comfortable 30%    25%    19%    19%    26%    37%    47%    26%    11%
Smwht Comfortable    18     12     10     13     13     12     14     16      9
Smwht Uncomfortable  17     15     18     16     16     15     13     18     17
Entirely Uncomfortbl 33     44     49     47     43     33     24     38     60
DK/NA                 3      4      4      5      2      3      3      3      3
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Entirely Comfortable 28%    19%    35%     8%    15%    21%
Smwht Comfortable    14     13     13      6      8     15
Smwht Uncomfortable  14     15     17     16     18     20
Entirely Uncomfortbl 41     48     34     68     57     41
DK/NA                 3      5      2      2      2      3
 
 
24e. If you honestly assessed yourself, thinking in general about - a woman president of the United States, is that something you'd be entirely comfortable with, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or entirely uncomfortable with?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Entirely Comfortable 68%    65%    69%    71%    67%    69%    70%    60%
Smwht Comfortable    20     23     18     19     21     19     20     18
Smwht Uncomfortable   6      7      6      4      5      7      6      8
Entirely Uncomfortbl  4      3      4      4      4      4      3      8
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      3      2      1      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Entirely Comfortable 66%    69%    68%    63%    70%    80%    80%    68%    64%
Smwht Comfortable    21     20     19     22     20     15     13     22     23
Smwht Uncomfortable   8      5      6      8      5      3      3      6      8
Entirely Uncomfortbl  4      4      4      5      4      1      3      3      4
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      1      1      1      2      2
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Entirely Comfortable 68%    64%    76%    58%    67%    67%
Smwht Comfortable    22     21     16     26     22     21
Smwht Uncomfortable   5      7      4     11      6      9
Entirely Uncomfortbl  4      5      2      4      4      2
DK/NA                 1      3      1      1      1      2
 
 
24f. If you honestly assessed yourself, thinking in general about - an African American president of the United States, is that something you'd be entirely comfortable with, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or entirely uncomfortable with?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Entirely Comfortable 76%    70%    81%    79%    76%    77%    77%    79%
Smwht Comfortable    14     18     13     14     14     15     15     14
Smwht Uncomfortable   3      5      2      3      3      4      3      3
Entirely Uncomfortbl  2      3      1      2      3      2      3      -
DK/NA                 4      4      2      2      4      3      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Entirely Comfortable 77%    81%    72%    73%    79%    85%    91%    78%    69%
Smwht Comfortable    15     12     17     16     12     11      6     16     17
Smwht Uncomfortable   2      3      4      4      3      2      1      2      6
Entirely Uncomfortbl  2      2      3      3      2      1      1      1      4
DK/NA                 3      3      4      4      4      1      1      3      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Entirely Comfortable 78%    72%    86%    69%    74%    74%
Smwht Comfortable    16     16     10     18     15     17
Smwht Uncomfortable   3      4      1      4      3      4
Entirely Uncomfortbl  2      3      1      5      4      -
DK/NA                 1      5      1      4      3      4
 
 
24g. If you honestly assessed yourself, thinking in general about - a Hispanic president of the United States, is that something you'd be entirely comfortable with, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or entirely uncomfortable with?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Entirely Comfortable 63%    59%    65%    63%    64%    61%    63%    52%
Smwht Comfortable    19     21     18     18     18     19     17     30
Smwht Uncomfortable   9      9      8     12      9      9      9     10
Entirely Uncomfortbl  6      8      6      4      5      6      7      3
DK/NA                 4      4      4      3      4      4      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Entirely Comfortable 65%    69%    55%    53%    70%    77%    78%    63%    56%
Smwht Comfortable    17     17     22     22     15     14     13     20     21
Smwht Uncomfortable   9      9     10     12      9      5      5     11     10
Entirely Uncomfortbl  6      4      8      8      3      3      3      4      9
DK/NA                 4      2      5      5      3      2      2      2      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Entirely Comfortable 67%    56%    77%    55%    59%    60%
Smwht Comfortable    17     21     14     20     19     17
Smwht Uncomfortable   8     11      6     10      9     13
Entirely Uncomfortbl  7      8      2     11      9      4
DK/NA                 1      5      2      4      4      5
 
 
24h. If you honestly assessed yourself, thinking in general about - a Muslim president of the United States, is that something you'd be entirely comfortable with, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or entirely uncomfortable with?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Entirely Comfortable 21%    11%    29%    22%    22%    20%    20%    22%
Smwht Comfortable    17     14     19     17     19     14     16     14
Smwht Uncomfortable  23     21     22     28     20     26     23     28
Entirely Uncomfortbl 36     51     25     29     35     36     38     32
DK/NA                 4      3      4      3      4      4      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Entirely Comfortable 26%    24%    17%    16%    25%    30%    38%    25%    10%
Smwht Comfortable    24     16     13     17     15     18     22     20     11
Smwht Uncomfortable  24     23     22     25     22     21     21     28     20
Entirely Uncomfortbl 23     33     43     37     35     28     15     25     56
DK/NA                 3      3      5      4      2      3      4      2      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Entirely Comfortable 22%    16%    31%     8%    13%    20%
Smwht Comfortable    22     15     19     11     12     18
Smwht Uncomfortable  19     23     24     20     22     24
Entirely Uncomfortbl 33     41     25     58     50     35
DK/NA                 3      5      2      4      3      4
 
 
24i. If you honestly assessed yourself, thinking in general about - a Mormon president of the United States, is that something you'd be entirely comfortable with, somewhat comfortable, somewhat uncomfortable or entirely uncomfortable with?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Entirely Comfortable 35%    38%    28%    38%    39%    31%    38%    20%
Smwht Comfortable    25     30     21     26     25     24     26     18
Smwht Uncomfortable  19     14     24     20     17     21     19     24
Entirely Uncomfortbl 17     15     22     12     14     18     14     30
DK/NA                 4      2      6      4      4      5      3      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Entirely Comfortable 28%    37%    37%    27%    41%    47%    32%    35%    38%
Smwht Comfortable    27     25     24     23     25     30     24     25     25
Smwht Uncomfortable  20     21     18     23     18     14     23     23     15
Entirely Uncomfortbl 22     14     15     23     13      6     18     13     18
DK/NA                 4      3      5      5      3      3      3      4      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Entirely Comfortable 36%    31%    45%    34%    37%    42%
Smwht Comfortable    29     24     26     25     28     28
Smwht Uncomfortable  16     20     17     20     18     18
Entirely Uncomfortbl 16     20      9     18     14      7
DK/NA                 3      5      3      3      3      4
 
 
25. Do you personally know anyone who is a Mormon or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  59%    60%    54%    62%    59%    59%    62%    43%
No                   40     38     45     37     40     39     37     57
MORMON RESP(VOL)      -      1      -      -      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  58%    61%    57%    51%    64%    74%    65%    60%    57%
No                   40     39     42     47     36     26     34     39     41
MORMON RESP(VOL)      -      -      -      -      -      1      -      -      1
DK/NA                 2      -      1      2      -      -      -      1      1
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes                  59%    55%    69%    59%    64%    50%
No                   40     44     31     40     36     47
MORMON RESP(VOL)      1      -      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      -      3
 
 
26. Would you say you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Mormon religion?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            45%    51%    39%    48%    50%    42%    48%    34%
Unfavorable          32     31     38     26     29     34     31     38
DK/NA                23     18     23     26     22     24     21     28
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            39%    49%    46%    38%    49%    59%    46%    45%    48%
Unfavorable          38     30     29     39     29     24     35     32     31
DK/NA                23     20     25     23     22     17     18     23     21
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Favorable            52%    42%    54%    42%    49%    51%
Unfavorable          25     33     29     40     33     22
DK/NA                23     26     17     18     18     26
 
 
27. How much would you say you know about the Mormon religion and its practices? A great deal, some, not very much, nothing at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
A great deal         15%    21%    10%    14%    14%    15%    16%     8%
Some                 51     51     50     54     50     52     54     45
Not very much        24     22     28     25     27     22     24     24
Nothing at all        9      6     11      6      9      9      6     21
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      1      -      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
A great deal         14%    15%    15%    12%    16%    18%    15%    11%    18%
Some                 54     54     48     48     55     56     56     53     49
Not very much        23     24     26     26     23     22     22     28     23
Nothing at all       10      6     10     12      5      4      7      8      8
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
A great deal         14%    13%    18%    20%    17%     9%
Some                 56     48     58     52     55     50
Not very much        25     27     20     21     22     32
Nothing at all        4     11      2      7      5      8
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -      -
 
 
28. From what you know, do you think that the Mormon religion and your own religion are very similar, somewhat similar, somewhat different, or very different?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very similar          2%     2%     1%     2%     3%     2%     2%     1%
Smwht similar        23     25     18     26     28     17     23     21
Smwht different      24     28     23     23     23     25     26     22
Very different       44     41     49     42     39     49     43     43
MORMON RESP(VOL)      1      1      -      -      -      1      1      1
DK/NA                 7      3      9      7      7      6      5     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very similar          1%     3%     2%     2%     2%     2%     1%     2%     2%
Smwht similar        20     27     21     20     26     26     17     26     24
Smwht different      26     22     26     23     25     32     24     26     23
Very different       48     42     43     47     41     35     51     40     45
MORMON RESP(VOL)      -      1      1      -      -      2      -      -      1
DK/NA                 5      6      8      8      6      4      7      6      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Very similar          1%     2%     2%     2%     2%     2%
Smwht similar        30     20     27     21     26     25
Smwht different      29     24     25     26     29     28
Very different       36     45     41     47     39     39
MORMON RESP(VOL)      -      1      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                 4      8      4      3      4      6
 

Demographic Summary