Religion in Politics

ELON, N.C.

With the upcoming presidential election this November, campus is buzzing with political talk.  Many students are excited for their first time in the voting booths, while this is just another election to older professors.  When looking at the election, however, it is hard not to talk very long about either candidate without mentioning religion.  Presumptive nominee Mitt Romney will be the first Mormon of a major political party to run for president in U.S. history.

Around campus, it is clear that most people believe that religion does indeed play a role in a person’s decision of who to vote for.

Associate Dean of the School of Communications, Don Grady says, “Many people take religion into account because they view it as a reflection of that person’s character.”  He believes that a candidate’s religious belief will be an indicator of where they stand on many other issues, as well.

Jean Johnson, Acorn employee, says, “People should vote on what they want from the [candidate], not religion.”

“I don’t care what religion you are, if you support me and my beliefs, we’ll be fine,” says Francine Light, Aramark employee.

Many people have their own interpretations of how America factors religion into voting decisions.  “[It has to do with] where you live, where you’re from,” says Elon sophomore Mackenzie Roberts.

Last election, Pew Research Center found a trend among church attendance and how they voted.

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It is clear that this November, religion will be a key determining factor in the election.

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