Among voters quizzed in an L.A. Times / Bloomberg poll, “21% said they would not vote for an evangelical Christian,” whereas only “15% said no to a Jewish presidential candidate.”

Crooks and Liars:

It?s frustrating to see evidence that religious prejudices linger in such large numbers. The traditional bigotry is fading ? but has been replaced with newer animus towards other minority faiths

Most traditional barriers to religion in presidential elections have toppled, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found. In particular, the survey released today shows that anti-Semitism and anti-Catholicism are fading among voters.

But uneasiness about some religions persists. Thirty-seven percent of those questioned said they would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate, and 54% said no to the prospect of a Muslim in the White House.

In all, 21% said they would not vote for an evangelical Christian, 15% said no to a Jewish presidential candidate, and 10% said they wouldn?t back a Catholic candidate.


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