While America purports itself to be an inclusive nation, a recent Gallop poll suggests that may not be the case.
According to the survey, Americans would happily vote for a Black, female, Catholic, Hispanic, or Jewish presidential candidate—to the tune of more than 90-percent—but only half would be comfortable pulling the lever for a Muslim or Atheist candidate.
“While more than nine in 10 Americans would vote for a presidential candidate who is black, a woman, Catholic, Hispanic, or Jewish, significantly smaller percentages would vote for one who is an atheist (54%) or Muslim (58%). Americans’ willingness to vote for a Mormon (80%) or gay or lesbian (68%) candidate falls between these two extremes.”
While Atheist and Muslim candidates were least likely to be chosen for America’s highest office, younger voters were more apt to vote for them than their older counterparts—to the tune of over 70-percent for voters ages 18-29, to just around 40-percent (and only 34% for Muslim candidates) for voters ages 65 and over. Moreover, according to Gallop, as society has become more inclusive over the years, citizens have become more accepting. So having an Atheist or Muslim president may happen in the near future.