Does The Presidents Religion Matter

11.08.11 | Jeremy Miller

A majority of U.S. voters want a presidential candidate to have strong religious beliefs.  A new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute shows two-thirds of Americans think it's important that a candidate have a strong faith, even if it differs from their own.  Only 20-percent of respondents said they would oppose a candidate who followed a faith that differed from theirs.  Meanwhile, 53-percent said they'd be uncomfortable with a Mormon in the White House, and 64-percent said they'd be uncomfortable with a Muslim in the job.  Twenty-nine-percent said they'd say no to an evangelical Christian as President.  And 67-percent said they'd be uncomfortable with an atheist in the seat.