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Twenty-two per­cent of Amer­i­cans say they would not vote for a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date who was Mor­mon, while 76 per­cent say it makes no dif­fer­ence, ac­cord­ing to a Gallup poll, a find­ing of in­ter­est to Mitt Rom­ney and Jon Hunts­man Jr., who are of that faith. But this is an en­trenched phe­nom­e­non: The num­bers have not changed since 1967.

“Cur­rently, 18 per­cent of Repub­li­cans say they would not vote for their party’s nom­i­nee if that per­son hap­pened to be Mor­mon. This may be less trou­bling for Rom­ney in the GOP pri­maries, where the vote could be highly frac­tured any­way, than in the gen­eral elec­tion, where — should he win the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion — he would need nearly com­plete sup­port from Repub­li­cans to be com­pet­i­tive with Pres­i­dent Obama,” ob­serves Gallup an­a­lyst Ly­dia Saad.

“How­ever, John F. Kennedy’s suc­cess in over­com­ing a sim­i­lar chal­lenge in 1960 re­lat­ing to his Catholic faith may give hope to Rom­ney and his sup­port­ers about his electabil­ity in 2012.”

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