A new survey finds that American voters are less comfortable with the idea of a Mormon president than any other faith except for Islam.
The Quinnipiac poll finds that 35% of voters are "entirely" comfortable with a president of the LDS faith, while 60% would be comfortable with a Catholic. 55% say they would be comfortable with a Jewish president, 24% would be okay with an athiest while just 21% feel that way about a Muslim.
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."