Poll: Voters wary of Mormon president, warier of atheist president

Mormonism will inevitably be an issue as scrutiny intensifies on the front-runner, said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. In the poll, 83% of voters said they were entirely or somewhat comfortable with a Catholic presidential candidate; 80% said the same thing about a Jewish candidate. Two-thirds were comfortable with an evangelical Christian candidate.

In contrast, 60% said they were entirely or somewhat comfortable with a Mormon, compared with 37% who were comfortable with an atheist candidate and 38% who were comfortable with a Muslim White House hopeful. Nineteen percent said they were somewhat uncomfortable with a Mormon presidential candidate, and 17% said they were entirely uncomfortable.