Atheist for President?
Would you vote for a U.S. presidential candidate who was an atheist?
In our nationwide public opinion poll, we put that question to registered American voters. Their answer by more than a 2-1 margin was no.
Our survey found 58% of registered voters saying they’d never vote for an atheist to be U.S. president. Twenty-seven percent said they would vote for an atheist, while 15% were undecided or had no opinion.
Democrats (36% yes, 45% no) and independents (35% yes, 49% no) were more inclined than Republicans (12% yes, 78% no) to say they’d vote for an atheist to be president.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,133 registered voters nationwide was conducted December 15, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%.
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The online companion poll in which you can vote provides unscientific results, meaning it’s a tally of participating Poll Position users, not a nationally representative sampling.
Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation. Here are the crosstabs for this poll: Poll Position crosstabs – Atheist for President.
You can learn more about our polling methodology here.