According to a new study by Vanderbilt and Claremont Graduate Universities, many Americans remain biased against Mormons and other religious minorities, raising a hurdle for Mitt Romney and prospective 2012 candidate Jon Huntsman.
"While Barack Obama's victory in 2008 was dramatic proof that more American voters are willing to embrace diversity in presidential politics, certain religious groups still face discrimination in the political arena," John Geer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt, said. "Romney and Jon Huntsman are among those who cannot take much comfort in our results."
In "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back? Bias in 2008 Presidential Election," Geer, Brett Benson and Jennifer Merolla examine the strong religious dimension of bias by some U.S. voters and its implications for current and future presidential politics.