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    18 Percent Won’t Support Mormon Candidate

    MILFORD, NH - JUNE 15:  Republican Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks to the media about President Barack Obama's announcement today of a change in the immigration policy that will allow illegal immigrants brought into the country as children to remain in the United States and apply for work permits as he campaigns during an event at the Milford Ice Cream Social on June 15, 2012 in Milford, New Hampshire. Mr. Romney is starting a five day swing through battle ground states as he battles President Barack Obama for votes.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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    A new Gallup poll has found that bias against a Mormon presidential candidate has not changed in the past 45 years. 18 percent of Americans said that they would not vote for a well-qualified candidate who was also a Mormon. Gallup took the same poll in 1967, when Mitt Romney’s father, George Romney, was seeking the GOP nomination. At the time, 17 percent of Americans said they would not vote for a well-qualified candidate who was also a Mormon. Gallup’s editor-in-chief wrote in a report, “The stability of resistance to a Mormon presidential candidate over the past 45 years is an anomaly … resistance to a candidate who is black, a woman, or Jewish has declined substantially over the same period of time.”

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