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LINK Gallup: 60% of Americans Say They Could Vote for an Atheist President | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos

From a year ago, but still good news...

Every few years, Gallup asks Americans a version of this question: “If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be _____, would you vote for that person?”

Just about every time they’ve asked that question, “atheist” has been at the bottom of the list. (Atheists are unelectable! the headlines always say.)

In 2012, there was cause for celebration simply because more than half of those surveyed said they wouldn’t hold atheism against a politician. Then, in 2015, for the first time ever, “atheist” wasn’t the worst trait in a presidential candidate. A “Socialist” performed slightly worse. (Thanks, Bernie Sanders!)

Gallup said last year that while there was no change in the unpopularity of “Socialist” — only 47% of Americans would support that candidate — “atheist” received another tiny jump. A record 60% of Americans said they would consider voting for an atheist.

snytiger6 9 Feb 11
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there are still, alas, states that will not allow atheists to run for elected office. this should be challenged.

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All that matters is that they do the job. Whether President, Governor, Mayor, County Executive, etc.

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Getting a higher percentage all the time.

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With Bernie, we could have had both a socialist and an atheist. Altho Bernie is a cultural Jew, I suspect he is privately an atheist as well.

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The rent is too damn high, and only 60% atheist vote is still too damn low.

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We’re long over due for an Atheist President. We need someone who’s going to use fact-based evidence to create policies.

I suspect a few have been atheists, but hid behind a theist facade.

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