Meaning at least half our country’s population have no idea what the hell a Mormon is — Rick Perry included.
Mitt Romney’s religion has been one of the most talked about and bizarrely controversial topics of the 2012 presidential election. Texas Governor Rick Perry — a devout and delusional Christian — has taken particular offense to Romney’s practiced religion. Robert Jeffress, a popular Baptist pastor and vocal supporter of Perry, deemed Mormonism a cult during Perry’s introduction at the Voters Value Summit. Perry’s potshots at Romney’s religion have been rather petty and ridiculous, however they’ve managed to garner plenty of headlines. In fact it’s a rarity when a day of news coverage goes by without a candidate taking a utterly unnecessary swipe at someone’s faith.
A couple months ago I vowed to say as far away from this campaign as metaphysically possible. However as a conscious American with a pulse, let alone a writer, avoiding the 2012 election has become relatively impossible — or at least I thought it was.
According to a recent poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute 58 percent of Americans have absolutely no clue Mitt Romney is Mormon. An optimist might say that statistic is evidence that Americans don’t see religion as a determining factor when casting their vote for our country’s commander and chief. However to a realist that figure is downright frightening. Not knowing Romney is a Mormon is like not knowing Herman Cain is black (surprise!).
According to The Hill:
Mitt Romney might be leading or tied in the polls for the key primary states, but only 42 percent are able to identify him as a Mormon, according to a Public Religion Research Institute poll released Thursday.
Forty-five percent of those polled said they didn’t know what Romney’s religion was, while 10 percent misidentified him as Protestant, Catholic or some other denomination, or said they didn’t think he was religious.
Even as the primary season heats up and the candidates have been scrutinized on nationally televised debates that have pulled in massive ratings, the number of people who can correctly identify Romney as a Mormon remains virtually unchanged from July, when 40 percent were able to do so.
Presidential candidates shouldn’t be judged by their faith, but the fact that over half of the country doesn’t know Romney is Mormon means an extremely large segment of our country is completely unconscious. Honestly, Romney’s religion should have seeped into people’s minds through osmosis by simply living in the United States. It’s in the newspaper in the morning, on national news in the evening and on websites every single day.
These poll results have nothing to do with religion, because quite frankly Romney’s desire to have 40 kids and vacation in Utah is his own business. The problem is the fact that Americans are complete oblivious to current events. It’s terrifying that this ignorance reflects a large percentage of our registered voters. If they don’t know Romney is Mormon what else don’t they know?