A majority of Americans now say they would vote for an atheist for president of the United States if their political party nominated one, says a new Gallup poll.
Between June 7-10, Gallup asked 1,004 American adults about whether they would vote or not vote for someone based on their religion, race or sexual orientation. Specifically, relevant to atheism, Gallup asked: “Between now and the 2012 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates--their education, age, religion, race, and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be an atheist, would you vote for that person?”
Fifty-four percent of respondents said, yes, they would vote for an atheist for president if their party nominated one. Forty-three percent said they would not. [snip]
According to the Gallup survey, Democrats (58 percent) and Independents (56 percent) would be more likely to vote for an atheist if their party nominated one than Republicans (48%) would.
Also, younger people are far more likely than older people to say they would vote for an atheist nominated by their party. Among 18 to 29 year olds, 70 percent say they would vote for an atheist. That falls to 56 percent among 30 to 49 year olds, 48 percent among 50 to 64 year olds, and 40 percent among those 65 or older. (continue reading)