A new poll shows Americans like for their presidents to be religious, though many have trouble identifying the faiths of President Obama and GOP contenders.
According to the poll conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service, a majority of Americans (56 percent) say it’s important for a candidate to have strong beliefs, even if those beliefs differ from their own, the Religion News Service reports:
“Yet the religious groups most firmly behind this point—white evangelicals (73 percent) and ethnic minority Christians (74 percent)—often falter when asked about politicians’ religions.
“For instance, just 44 percent of white evangelicals know that Romney is a Mormon. At the same time, more than 8 in 10 evangelicals say Mormon religious beliefs greatly differ from their own.
“Even fewer ethnic minority Christians (21 percent) knew Romney’s religion. And only one in three Americans can correctly identify Obama’s Christian faith. Consistent with previous polls, about one in five (18 percent) Americans think Obama is Muslim.”