Six in 10 Would be in Support of a Muslim President

Frank Newport in Gallup: “Where does the American public stand on the idea of voting for a Muslim for president? This issue is back in the news as a result of Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s statement on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that, ‘I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.'”

“Carson’s sentiment on this issue is out of sync with the American public, 60% of whom in June said they personally would vote for an otherwise well-qualified candidate for president who happened to be Muslim.”


“The partisan split on the question shows that a slight majority of Republicans, 54%, say they would not vote for a Muslim for president, while 45% said that they would. Seventy-three percent of Democrats would vote for a Muslim.”


  1. When even Ted Cruz says it’s against the Constitution to impose a religious test on holding political office, you know Carson is way WAY out there……and the weird thing is, he’s a Seventh Day Adventist. Actually, not so weird–being from a religion many conservative evangelicals view with great suspicion, he feels like he has to establish street cred with them. Or hate cred, same thing.

  2. To my mind the story here is that four in 10 would implement a religious test for holding public office.

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