Poll: Mormonism could be factor in primaries

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Willard M. Romney speaking at an event in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday.
Willard M. Romney speaking at an event in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday.
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A Pew Research Center poll released today suggests the Mormon faith might be Willard M. Romney’s Achilles heel when it comes to evangelical voters in the primaries. 

The survey revealed the majority of white evangelicals, an important part of the Republican electoral base, are less likely to embrace Romney as a presidential candidate. According to the poll, they consider Mormonism to be discordant with Christian theology — which appears to be a turn off to them. Among those surveyed, 53% claim Mormonism is not a Christian faith. By association, this stigma isn’t helping Romney’s numbers as 26 percent of these conservatives would throw their support behind Herman Cain in the primaries, while only 17 percent support Romney.

The tide turns for Romney among white mainline Protestant Republicans and white Catholic Republicans who both favored Romney over Cain, a trend aligned with the fact that only 21% of white mainline Protestants and 22% of White Catholics perceived Mormonism as a non-Christian faith.

Romney’s silver lining lies in the fact that many view him to be the most formidable candidate against Barack Obama, whether they do so begrudgingly or not. However, other candidates have been bypassing Romney in recent polls, so the Republican electorate doesn’t seem ready to seal the deal with Mitt.

— By Skivjana Neza

Poll: Mormonism could be factor in primaries

Updated