Survey results are in: Religion and the POTUS

Who knew that these survey questions would become this timely. Given last week’s events, and as lead up to the anniversary of  9/11, I’m not sure if that’s was a good or bad thing. The world seems to be more divisive than ever, with religion taking center stage.

That said, a big thank you to the 32 participants in the Religion and the POTUS Survey, and a special shoutout of thanks to those who took the time to jot down some thoughts.

Several key observations:

  • It’s comforting to know that Q2 generated such high negative results, although many people qualified their vote within their comments.
  • The real surprise for me was Q3, where 63% said it would matter if the POTUS declared no religion.
  • Overall, it seems that religion still does play a large part in our political system and the fabric of our country.

The results are as follows. I’ve included some thought-provoking comments.

Q1 :: Does the religious persuasion of a potential POTUS matter to you?

Q1 :: Does the religious persuasion of a potential POTUS matter to you?

It concerns me that some religious beliefs would not be left at the door to the oval office…”

“Some religions would concern me more than others, but it would depend on the candidate and their relationship to that religion. But in general, I’m not sure that this country would vote beyond Christianity yet.”

Q2 :: Would a religious persuasion other than your own dissuade you from voting for a potential POTUS?

Q2  :: Would a religious persuasion other than your own dissuade you from voting for a potential POTUS?

“Just don’t want anyone who’s fanatical about their religion – don’t care what the persuasion it is.”

“As long as the candidate isn’t claiming that god came down and told them to do whatever, I don’t care which particular god they are chatting with.”

Q3 :: Would it matter (for voting purposes) if a POTUS declared no religious persuasion?

Q3 :: Would it matter (for voting purposes) if a POTUS declared no religious persuasion?

“Absolutely, how can a person stand as president of the United States, a position so loaded with challenges, risk, you name it – with no belief system in place?”

“would be a positive point for me”

Q4 :: Would it matter if a POTUS were an agnostic?

Q4 :: Would it matter if a POTUS were an agnostic?

“Religion is an important facet of humanity for many people. Not having one might be a problem.”

“I wouldn’t care, but I think if a presidential candidate stated agnostic or no specific religious affiliation, it would have huge repercussions for most Americans… and s/he would be finished.”

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