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Two thirds of Americans OK with Mormon candidate

Roughly two out of three Americans say it makes no difference to them if a presidential candidate is Mormon, according to a new Pew Research Center poll, although evangelicals are more cautious.

The poll found that 68 percent of respondents said a candidate's Mormon faith would not matter, while one in four said they would be less likely to support a Mormon.

White evangelicals were most likely to care about a candidate's Mormon faith, with one third of them saying they would be less likely to support a Mor­mon candidate, compared to 24 percent of the religiously unaffiliated and 19 percent of Catholics and white mainline Pro­testants.

Half of registered voters who had heard of candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon, said there's at least some chance they would support him in 2012. Among those who are less likely to vote for a Mormon candidate, just 31 percent said there was at least some chance the former Massachusetts governor would be their choice.

The survey, conducted May 25–30, was based on a national sample of 1,509 adults.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who is also a Mormon, announced his entrance into the Republican primary on June 21.

While 82 percent of registered voters had heard of Romney, only 32 percent knew of Huntsman, who recently re­signed as the U.S. ambassador to China. Slightly more than a third of registered voters who had heard of Huntsman said he had at least some chance of getting their vote.  —RNS

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