December 6th, 2007
10:57 PM ET

Does a Candidate's Religion Matter?

You heard it in Wednesday's show:  Some Americans ask, "Who cares?" when a political candidate's faith comes up.  Others say faith is keywhen it comes to candidates.  We'd like to know what matters to you.  Do you teachers take religion into account when voting?  Will your students?  Many high schoolers will be old enough to vote by the time they graduate, and we're curious as to whether a candidate's religion will factor in to their ballots.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Keith

    Freedom to religion?? It’s stated that we have a freedom of religion, to me this means that it doesn’t matter what religion a person is, im not going to hate someone just because of that. I think its personally stupid to even talk about this. This is our president, a leader, does it really matter what religion they are?

    December 7, 2007 at 11:20 am |
  2. jefra

    a candidate's *faith* matters. that he/she believes in something greater than themselves and their striving to be a better person matters.

    December 7, 2007 at 12:39 pm |
  3. Eric

    It does and it doesn't. The only question is, will the candidates religion effect his political life and will it be a postive change or a negative change.

    December 9, 2007 at 10:05 pm |
  4. Mr. Browder

    Honestly, when I vote I vote on the issues. However, a candidate's religion may be an issue to consider.

    75% of my 1A class feel that religion is an issue.

    December 10, 2007 at 9:45 am |
  5. Garrison

    I think that faith matters to. Like if someone is elected and they have a different religion than other people in the country and starts making people do things that are against there religion is not ok!

    December 10, 2007 at 7:03 pm |
  6. Kiran

    No, Because when I will vote, I 'll check ability of person not religion.

    December 11, 2007 at 9:11 pm |
  7. Renee

    I dont think a person religion matters... Unless their religion starts to influence their choices for the nation. Or change anything to make their religion 'better' or above ther others... Or push their religion onto the people.

    December 13, 2007 at 3:32 pm |
  8. karista

    Faith is stupid i politics! who cares about religon? i honestly don't they are free to follow their believes! so yeah! plus we all really shouldn't care about it! if you think that if they follow your relgion that you'll vote fo rthem well think again they aren't always on your side so instead of voting just and because they are follwing your beliefs doesn't mean they will always agree with what you think is right!

    December 13, 2007 at 3:35 pm |
  9. Blake

    I don't think that the religion really matters. Having a president that beleives in a God or Alla or whatever shouldn't be an issue unles they force it on us. Personally I would rather have an aethiest president. Wouldn't it be better if our leader was doing good because he can instead of being afraid of divine retrobution?

    December 13, 2007 at 3:36 pm |
  10. Jordan

    Religion does play a part in the way I vote. I don't think I'd vote for someone based on religion, but I would definately NOT vote for someone because of their religion. I am a Christian. If there was an atheist running in this year's election, I wouldn't even consider him or hear what he has to say. I am not bothered by Romney and him being a Mormon. He still believes in God, which is what I want all my leaders to do as well.

    December 13, 2007 at 10:21 pm |
  11. Adam

    OMG I can’t believe that I live in such a backwards society that will elect someone to rule you this because of their religion. Simply put, it is nuts! And as far as beliefs’ as far as god goes who cares? IF they have the same values that you do. This because a candidate is the same religion as you DOSE NOT MEAN THEY HAVE THE SAME VAULES AS YOU!!!!!!!!! OPEN YOUR MINDS PEOPEL!!

    December 17, 2007 at 12:53 am |
  12. Kassie

    i think that people have the right to vote for whoever they want, even if their religion is the reason. voting is our choice, it doesn't matter why we're voting for someone.

    December 18, 2007 at 4:22 pm |
  13. Gerrit V.

    In my opinion, useing religion to win an election is kind of sly. You can, depending on your opinion belive whatever you want to, that what the whole "land of the free" line originated from. So in short I believe that the religion doesn't matter, as long as they keep it to themselves. We should all just focus on the issues and other important buisness.

    December 19, 2007 at 1:29 pm |
  14. Anna H.

    I don't think a canidates religion should matter! I mean if you know their going to do a good job ruleing our country why should it matter. I think that people should have a right to vote for whoever they want religion or no religion.

    December 19, 2007 at 1:30 pm |
  15. Lindsay H.

    I don't think that your religion should decide if you are the president or senator or anything else. If you are catholic or you are a muslum, people shouldn't be making a big deal out of it. If it is your dream to run for president, then you shouldn't let other people get in the way of that.

    December 19, 2007 at 1:31 pm |
  16. Lindsay H.

    I don't think that a person's religion should matter. If it is your dream to run for president, then don't let anyone get in the way of that. It shouldn't matter if you are muslum or catholic. So it doesn't really matter.

    December 19, 2007 at 1:32 pm |
  17. MorganL

    A candidates religion definetely doesnt matter! We need to base it on if they will do good for our country.

    December 19, 2007 at 1:33 pm |
  18. 철수

    I don't think that a person's religion should matter. If the president rules justly, and with reason, it dosen't really matter.

    December 22, 2007 at 7:01 am |
  19. No name

    I think religon is important because if you were a Christian, then you wouldn't want to vote for a muslim!!!!!!!

    December 23, 2007 at 11:36 pm |
  20. Johnny

    I think It's really impotant that a person reliegion should matter if the president rule

    January 7, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  21. Alexandria

    A person's religion really should not impact the way they handle politics or rule our country. We are NOT reverting back to English monarchs who would attempt to convert the entire country and murder countless in the process. Honestly, though, I think a lot of Americans find comfort in knowing their leader is 'just like them'. They want them to rule from their standards, live by their morales, and exhibit the same manner of opinion as they do. People find comfort in that, and I'm not saying that's wrong. People are going to vote for the president they feel the most comfortable with commanding our country. If religion is an important factor in that little blanket of security, they're going to take it into account. Although the vast majority of the American population is Christian, a president does not, by law and by my personal ethic, need to be that religion. IF, however, their religion is such a huge part of their lives that they attempt to convert the entire country and in the process murder countless citizens (which is unlikely, unless the entire American government is suddenly drawn to the idea of mass murder and entirely supports it), then they have let their religion impact their ability to govern, and, thusly, it is an important factor. My guess is that a president like that would a) not be elected president or b) be impeached.

    February 1, 2008 at 8:59 am |
  22. sjmd

    yeah i dont think it should matter. mitt romney is mormon and so am i ! but im not gonna vote for him just because of that!! i look at what they are gonna do how they are gonna help us

    June 3, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  23. alexa

    it should matter what religion you are what should matter is that you ar aloud to celebrate it freely

    December 12, 2008 at 10:57 am |
  24. Natasha

    I think that it doesntt totaly matter if the pres. has a religion but if he does then that shouldnt be a crutch or affect the way he runs the countrey.

    March 10, 2009 at 7:42 pm |