Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormon faith may
deter some white evangelicals -- an important Republican primary voting
bloc -- from backing the former governor in the GOP primaries, according
to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. Should Romney win the
party's nomination, however, the survey suggests his faith would no
longer be an issue for GOP voters.
As many as 56 percent
of Republican and Republican-leaning voters know Romney is a Mormon,
according to the survey, conducted Nov. 9 - 14. Only 8 percent of GOP
voters say they are less likely to vote for Romney because of his
religion, but that figure jumps to 15 percent among white evangelical
Republican voters. Additionally, most Republicans say Mormonism is a
Christian faith, but 53 percent of white evangelical Republicans
consider it a non-Christian faith.
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