Gallup's latest poll of American adults asks: "Between now and the 2012 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates -- their education, age, religion, race, and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be a Mormon, would you vote for that person?"

The results: 76 percent of Americans say they would vote for a well-qualified Mormon, while 22 percent say they would not. The bias is more pronounced among Democrats: 27 percent say they wouldn't vote for a Mormon, while 18 percent of Republicans and 19 percent of independents say the same.

Gallup also notes the bias against Mormons is worse than the bias against ethnic and other religious minorities: "At 22%, Americans' resistance to electing a Mormon president, even one nominated by their own party, is exceeded only by their opposition to electing someone who is either gay or lesbian (32%) or an atheist (49%). By contrast, less than half as many, 10%, say they would not vote for a Hispanic, and fewer than 10% would not vote for a nominee who is Jewish, Baptist, Catholic, female, or black."[img_assist|nid=574966|title=|desc=|link=none|align=center|width=640|height=612]

This bias is something that some of President Obama's supporters might try to exploit during a campaign against Mitt Romney. Indeed, Newsweek has already done its part. The good news for Romney is that, at this time, he's polling the best against Obama.

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