According to a Gallup poll released Monday, slightly more than one in five Americans say they would not consider voting for a presidential candidate who is Mormon, even if they think that person is otherwise qualified to be the nation's chief executive.
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In the survey, 22% of adults said they would not vote for a Mormon, while 76% said they would.
That finding came one day before former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman was expected to formally launch his campaign, making him the second Mormon, along with Mitt Romney, in the Republican field. Further, it shows that faith could once again become an issue in this year's presidential election, as it was in 2008. In that election cycle, Romney was so dogged by questions about his faith that he ultimately delivered a speech aimed at assuaging those concerns, telling voters that as a Mormon he was still a Christian.