Thursday, November 23, 2006

Poll Suggests Romney, A Mormon, Has Uphill Climb To Secure GOP Nomination

A new Rasmussen Reports poll suggests that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a main 2008 GOP presidential contender, has an uphill climb to secure his party's nomination.

The reason? Romney is a Mormon, and the idea of a Mormon president doesn't sit well with a good chunk of would-be voters:

-- 43 percent of voters say they would never even consider voting for a Mormon Presidential candidate. 38 percent say they would consider casting such a vote while 19% are not sure.

-- 53 percent of Evangelical Christians say that they would not consider voting for a Mormon candidate. That's a key, because the Christian Right is a key player in Republican primary season.

As pollster Scott Rasmussen notes: "It is possible, of course, that these perceptions might change as Romney becomes better known and his faith is considered in the context of his campaign. Currently, just 19% of Likely Voters are able to identify Romney as the Mormon candidate from a list of six potential Presidential candidates."


As JABBS noted last year, the Southern Baptist Convention website has characterized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a "cult." The influential Christian right group Focus on the Family declares that "God cannot be identified . . . with the Mormon religion's notion of god."

Romney, in an interview last year with the conservative magazine Weekly Standard, understood that his religion could pose a problem:

ROMNEY: "I think if you said, 'Look, we have a candidate for you, and you can know nothing about this person, except [his] religion, that's the only thing that you can know, this person is a Mormon, but that's all you can know. Do you want [him] as president?' ... I think a lot of people would say, 'Gosh, I am not sure that that makes me feel real comfortable.'"

That lack of comfort may be playing itself out.


Anonymous Demeter said...

There Are So Many Reasons NOT To Vote For Romney religion is the least of them. But, whatever it takes....

12:40 AM  
Anonymous bluestateguy said...

The fundies do not consider the Mormons to be "real" Christians

They barely treat Catholics as real Christians (and some, like Bob Jones, outright do not accept them).

Mitt Romney is only the Governor of Massachusetts because his opponent in 2002 ran a shit campaign. There is no evidence that he has any support in the Republic Party.

12:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that may be but it does say a lot about the "big tent" the Ken Mehlmans of the world like to spin.

12:40 AM  
Anonymous elocs said...

And the Catholic Church believes you need to be a Catholic to "make it".

Pentecostals don't believe that anybody other than them will be saved. It's a pretty common belief among many denominations, sects, and cults. Otherwise it wouldn't matter where you went to church. So many claim to have the exclusive ticket to heaven.

12:41 AM  
Anonymous moobu2 said...

Romney’s sranked #8 in the top 10 RINO’s (Republicans in name only)

They do not trust Romney at all..

"8. Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.)
Has said, “I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country.” Supports civil unions and stringent gun laws. After visiting Houston, he criticized the city’s aesthetics, saying, “This is what happens when you don’t have zoning.”

12:42 AM  
Anonymous upi402 said...

as they eat their own

liberals sit slack-jawed in awe
i just love organized religion wars. how long before they start killing each other here? or us non-believers? SARCASM

12:42 AM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

On Larry King live on Tuesday before Thanksgiving James Dobson was his guest and he would not endorse Mitt and said he did not know anything about him. At present he had no Republican that he would endorse.

He was sure that he would not endorse any Democrat no matter who was the Presidental candidate! Dobson would not endorse Jesus Christ if he were a democrat and their is no proof that He is not a Democrat!!

I am amased that the Christian Right can hate so many people and yet profess they love Jesus Christ who they have never seen. The second thing that amases me is they believe in praying to someone they have never seen or talked to, but see no point in talking to enemies to resolve problems!?

If someone tells me they have talked to God(Jesus Christ) personally, then I say they really do not believe the Bible. When Jesus ascended into the heavens, he said he was going to prepare a place for those that believed in Him and when He came back the next time it would be to reward those that had followed his teachings to a life everlasting in paradise! If God had talked to someone in person, then He was incorrect about what he would do when he returned the second time!

11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mitt Romney hatred is just staggering. The right wing of the Republican Party is living in Reagan-era fantasyland just like Democrats still live in FDR-era fantasyland. America has changed. Reagan is gone. Values are changing. Abandon social conservatism -- issues like abortion, school prayer, creationism, gay marriage -- they have NO PLACE in the Republican Party. Lincoln would be ashamed and Barry Goldwater would be nauseated. Republicanism is about non-intrusive, capitalistic government. The focus should be on getting Obama out of office and reducing the size of government. Only a moderate Republican who's not stuck on this idiotic social issues can achieve that in an increasingly young and socially liberal electorate. Fiscal conservatism and social liberalism are the future. Get used to it. The '50s are over. The '80s are over. These absurd notions of some all-American, mom and apple pie, nuclear family America are nothing but nostalgic fantasy. Romney is the only chance the Republicans have. The rest of the field is either too psychotically conservative, too religious or too untrustworthy and establishment. No, he's not perfect, but as long as you all hang onto Ronald Reagan like some lingering God and stubbornly refuse to moderate your conservatism and realize the world has changed, you'll get another four years of Barak Obama. And it'll be your fault.

4:34 AM  

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