I don’t intend to vote for Mitt Romney in November. He seems nice, and pretty smart, but I have disagreements with him in some important areas, and he is somewhat inconsistent, having taken ‘firm stances’ on both sides of every major issue during the last 20 years.
Note that I didn’t use the word ‘Mormon’ in the above paragraph. That is because I couldn’t care less that he is a Mormon.
I don’t live in or around Utah, but I have known a number of Mormons. For the most part they seem to be concerned citizens – genuine, nice, very smart. I would be delighted if we had a Mormon president someday…not this year, but someday.
Apparently, 40% of Americans do not know Mitt Romney is a Mormon. This is sad, but illustrative in pointing out how ignorant the average voter is in this country.
It is of note though, that this ignorance may be to Romney’s benefit.
In 1967, when Mitt’s father, George Romney, was a legitimate candidate, a survey showed 17% of Americans said they would not vote for a well-qualified Mormon for president. The most recent poll, a 2012 poll, shows 18% of Americans will not vote for a well-qualified Mormon for president.
While attitudes regarding race, gender and sexual orientation seem to be improving, the anti-Mormon bias remains.
The one-percent increase in ‘no’ votes, from 17% to 18%, is not statistically significant enough to say attitudes are getting worse, but they are certainly not getting better.
Forty-five years later, and no progress? Ugh.
Not surprisingly, education does matter. In the more recent poll, six percent of college grads said they could not support a well-qualified Mormon, but 23% of the respondents with a high school diploma felt that way.
(Since the unlearned show a greater antipathy toward Mormons, maybe Romney should be more supportive of education, but supporting education would make him unacceptable among those who currently run the Republican Party.)
Regardless, if you feel Romney is a better choice for president than Barack Obama, vote for him. For God’s sake (pun intended) don’t let ‘Mormon’ be an issue.