Religion and Politics

A Los Angeles Times poll has examined the effect of a presidential candidate’s religion on voter attitudes. The religions of least concern were Catholicism and Judaism. Evangelical Christians (Protestant?) in the middle but high intolerance of Mormonism and Islam. Full results below the fold”Just thinking about a candidate’s religion, do you think you could vote for [see below] for president, or not?”

A Catholic candidate Yes 83% No 9% Unsure 8%

A Jewish candidate Yes 78% No 14% Unsure 8%

An Evangelical Christian candidate Yes 65% No 22% Unsure 13%

A Mormon candidate Yes 53% No 35% Unsure 12%

A Muslim candidate Yes 34% No 53% Unsure 13%

  • The religion of the candidate isn’t the problem, it’s the liklihood of them imposing it on the rest of us that is the danger.

  • Fair Deal: No more surveys please, They are such bs.

  • Rory

    Good point, Beano. In that light I reckon the good folk of Los Angeles would have most to fear from an Evangelical Christian or Mormon candidate.

    I certainly cannot envisage any circumstances where in conscience I could justify supporting a candidate from either of these camps. The other three religions allow for flexibility and understanding based on human advances in knowledge (although some within those faith systems may not). The Evangelical Christians and Mormons not only do not – but are obliged to campaign on that very intolerance and fundamental certainty of their version of the truth (which for some peculiar reason always seems closely connected to high profits, low wages and God-driven oppression of the poor and needy).

  • Brian Boru

    This is understandible because of the spread of Islamic fundamentalism and the terrible treatment of women we have seen in the Muslim world. People fear having that imposed on them.

  • Rory: American Evangelicalism started in SF and, methinks, they are the biggest relgious outfit in the US. Utah, Mormonism’s Mecca has for long been the most red state Republican in the US. Bottom line: you are off target a lot on this one. The Mormons, the CIA at prayer, have an interesting set up and attract/entice lots of converts with their selling of the American dream. They put a big emphasis on family, sports etc. Lots of IRA prinders, btw, become Mormons. You get extra milk and cocoa rations that way and htese have a bigger resale value than tea or coffee. So much for core principles.
    No more surveys please.

  • Rory

    What on earth has the cocoa ration of IRA prinders(prisoners?) got to do with this?

  • smcgiff

    Where’s the non evangelic Protestant option or is it a misnomer! 🙂

  • Gerry Lvs Castro

    A Catholic candidate Yes 83% No 9% Unsure 8%

    Your vote could help promote child abuse, AIDS, intolerance of any other faiths, enforced celibacy and a complete ban on abortion and contraception. Put your X here.

    A Jewish candidate Yes 78% No 14% Unsure 8%

    Your vote could help make Israel a blameless state and give it carte blanche to bomb whoever the hell it likes. Put your X here.

    An Evangelical Christian candidate Yes 65% No 22% Unsure 13%

    Your vote could help stop science in it’s tracks, ban the ‘evil’ teaching of evolution in our schools, ban abortion in all circumstances and hasten the ‘endtimes’ by attacking ‘legitimate targets’ of our choice, which may or may not include the ‘axis of evil.’ Put your X here.

    A Mormon candidate Yes 53% No 35% Unsure 12%

    Your vote will strengthen the hand of a bunch of people who reckon that their wacky founder discovered a magic pair of glasses which enabled him to read and translate the book of Mormon, which thereby gave him carte blanche to sleep with as many chicks as possible. Actually, sounds quite good. Ahem. Put your X here.

    A Muslim candidate Yes 34% No 53% Unsure 13%

    Your vote will promote the expression of personal freedom by hating everyone who isn’t ‘your type of muslim’, stop all this nonsense about women having rights and not wanting to wear a sack and promote the eradication of ‘non-believers’ through personally expressed extreme violence.
    Put your X here.

    An Agnostic candidate Yes 1% (probably)

    Your vote will free up billions of dollars allocated to promoting myths and fairy tales, will allow sane scientific research, will ensure that no religious fantacists will have any say in govt whatsoever and will allow progress without prophets and deeds without dogma. Put your X here for a sane future.