Latest Pew Research poll shows public still distrusts atheist politicians.

The poll wasn’t about atheists per se, but rather about public opinion about Mormons. Still it includes us as a group and we’re still in last place on the list. If you’re planning a career in politics you’d best not be an atheist or do everything you can not to discuss your lack of faith.

Though Mormonism is viewed as far less of a liability for a presidential candidate than not believing in God or being a Muslim, more people do express reservations about voting for a Mormon (25%) than about supporting a candidate who is an evangelical Christian (16%), a Jew (11%) or a Catholic (7%).

Furthermore, the group of Americans most likely to say they value religiosity in a president – white evangelical Protestants – is also the group most apt to be bothered by his religion.

More than one-in-three evangelical Republicans (36%) expressed reservations about voting for a Mormon, a level of opposition much higher than that seen among the electorate overall.

These worries are directly linked to how Americans view Romney. The August Pew poll found that Romney’s favorability rating was much lower (54%) among those who say they would be less likely to vote for a Mormon than among those without such reservations (81%).

Overall, a slim majority of the public (53%) expresses a favorable view of Mormons, while 27% view Mormons unfavorably. By this measure, the public views Mormons more favorably than Muslims (43% favorable) and atheists (35%), but more negatively compared with evangelical Christians (60% favorable), Catholics or Jews (76% favorable for each group).

It still bugs me that Muslims politicians stand a better chance of being elected than atheists what with all the violent nonsense their radicals get into. When was the last time a group of radical atheists torched several city blocks and a couple of embassies over a cartoon? “Sure a few of their radicals might suddenly decide to go on a rampage, but at least they still believe in God!

Atheist candidates still less popular than Muslim candidates.

The results from the latest Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life show that atheists politicians are still the least likely to get votes:

WASHINGTON (AP) — One in four people in the U.S. said in a recent poll that they would be less likely to support a presidential candidate who is Mormon, an ominous sign for Republican contender Mitt Romney.

Yet the survey found two groups, atheists and Muslims, were even less likely to win votes.

Sixty-one percent of those questioned said they would be less likely to support a presidential candidate who did not believe in God. Forty-five percent said the same for a Muslim contender.

Only 5 percent or fewer said they would be likelier to support candidates who were atheists, Muslims or Mormons, according to the poll by two nonpartisan research groups, the Pew Research Center and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

We’re behind Muslims for crying out loud. Hello?? Muslims flew the fucking planes into the Twin Towers, remember? And they did it because they believed god was on their side. You don’t have to worry about atheists doing stupid shit because they think god wants them to, we don’t believe in gods!

Of course the real reason why we’re so unpopular is the simple fact that we won’t favor one religious group over another and for many Christians that’s not a good thing if you want to get those pesky Ten Commandments on the court house wall or prayer back into public schools again.

Game over. We win.

It seems Larry King’s official website has a non-scientific poll up asking folks which religion* they associate with:

I never knew Larry King was so popular with the atheist crowd. Found via Pharyngula.

*Yes, yes, I know atheism isn’t a religion. I didn’t write the stupid poll question.

Almost 80% agree in poll that Iraq war has hurt America’s standing.

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI)—Nearly 80 percent of participants in a UPI-Zogby International poll said the Iraq war has hurt the United States’ standing [in] the international community.

More than half—51.1 percent—of the 7,562 U.S. residents who responded to the question strongly agreed with the statement, “The Iraq war has damaged the standing of the United States in the international community.”

Another 25.4 percent said they somewhat agreed with the statement while 21.2 percent with somewhat disagreed (12.8 percent) or strongly disagreed (8.4 percent).

Well I suppose this proves most Americans aren’t total idiots…


American’s trust in organized religion at all time low.

Here’s a bit of good news. Despite being one of the most religious countries on the planet a recent poll shows that trust in organized religion is at a near-record low:

Only 46 percent of respondents said they had either a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the church, compared with 69 percent who said they trusted the military and 54 percent who trust police officers.

The figures are among the lowest for institutionalized religion in the three and a half decades that Gallup has conducted the poll. Peaking at 68 percent in May 1975, the numbers bottomed out at 45 percent in June of 2003.

But while confidence is waning for organized religion, the numbers are even bleaker for other American institutions. Just 25 percent expressed confidence in the presidency, while a mere 14 percent say they trust Congress.

Other findings suggest the nation is focused more on political issues than morality issues.

In the monthly pulse-check poll, Gallup asked Americans what they believed was the most important problem facing the country. An overwhelming 34 percent cited the war in Iraq, followed by illegal immigration at 15 percent. The nation’s religious and moral decline was fifth among the concerns, with 6 percent.

Let’s hope the trend for organized religion continues on its current downward path.