How the Public Perceives Romney, Mormons
Romney's "Faith in America" speech on Thursday, Dec. 6,
acknowledged his Mormon beliefs while explaining his view of religion's role in
public life. A Pew Research Center analysis of recent polling data examines the
public's mixed views of Mormonism and perceptions of Romney.
A Pew Forum
resource page has links to
other materials on Romney and Mormonism.
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Americans Can't Identify Religion of Romney, Huckabee
to this week's News
Interest Index, a weekly survey published by the Pew Research
Center for the People &
the Press, less than half of the public (42%) is able to identify Mitt Romney
as the Republican presidential candidate who is a Mormon. Only 21% of the
public knows that Mike Huckabee is a former Baptist minister.
Read religious biographies of Mitt Romney,
and all the major candidates at Religion & Politics '08.
|Dec. 2 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
God & American Politics
Pew Forum research shows that 61 percent of Americans say they would be less
likely to vote for a candidate who does not believe in God. Forum Senior
Research Fellow John Green says that while "voters do not demand that
candidates be devout," they "don't want them to be hostile" to religion.
Dec. 1 - The Daily Star (Lebanon)
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Trans-Atlantic Muslim Divide
Marcia Pally of New York University cites Pew Forum survey findings to compare
the relative satisfaction of American Muslims with the dissatisfaction of European
|Dec. 6 - The New York Times
Romney Seeks to Defuse Concerns Over Mormon Faith
Mitt Romney declared in a heavily anticipated address that the nation's
foundation of religious liberty bars a religious test for higher office, but
unites the country under a common moral heritage that he would champion if
|Dec. 5 - The Christian Science Monitor
Sufism May Be Powerful Antidote to Islamic Extremism
Many Muslims see Sufism, an Islamic spiritual tradition followed by millions worldwide, as the most promising hope for countering the rise of extremism in Islam.
|Dec. 4 - The New York Times
Court Bars State
Effort Using Faith in Prisons
A federal appeals panel ruled that a state-financed
evangelical Christian program to help prisoners re-enter civilian life fostered
|Dec. 3 - Religion
Election Guidelines for Churches
The nation's largest Lutheran denomination has issued
election-year guidelines for congregations and outlined seven issues that
reflect the church's emphasis on social justice.
|Dec. 3 - CNN
Thompson: 'I'm OK
with the Lord, and the Lord is OK with Me'
Fred Thompson said he doesn't need to apologize for his
faith, despite concerns from Christian conservatives that he does not express
his religious beliefs enough on the campaign trail.
|Dec. 3 - Chicago Tribune
Rights for Embryos
Activists in six states are preparing ballot referendums that would grant
"personhood" and constitutional rights to embryos from the moment of
|Dec. 3 - USA Today
As a Political Weapon
God and religion have always been part of U.S. politics, but a turning point
occurred three decades ago when Jimmy Carter made his Southern Baptist faith a
centerpiece of his campaign.
Dec. 2 - Los Angeles Times
Huckabee: 'A Different
Kind of Jesus juice'
In Arkansas, where Mike
Huckabee served as governor for 10 1/2 years, voters grew accustomed to an
idiosyncratic agenda that was sometimes difficult to categorize but always
driven, Huckabee insists, by his Southern Baptist faith.
Dec. 2 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sends Churches into Unknown Territory
unprecedented legal questions are being raised by the moves of an Episcopal diocese
and several Presbyterian churches away from their denominations.
|Nov. 30 - San Francisco Chronicle
Find Religion, Court Evangelical Voters
The enthusiastic reception of Hillary Clinton at one of the
country's most influential megachurches dramatized new Democratic efforts to
win support from evangelical voters that the party once considered out of reach.
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