This group is poorly represented in Congress, where the majority of members claim that they are Protestant, followed by Catholic as the second highest faith claimed by Congress members. Congress has only one atheist, Rep. Peter Stark of California.
Bias Toward Atheists and Agnostics.
Isaac Asimov, Katherine Hepburn, John Malcovich, Mark Twain, Stephan Hawking, Gene Roddenberry, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Warren Buffett, Larry King, Carl Sagan, Ernest Hemmingway, Diane Keaton, Jodie Foster, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, and J. Craig Venter are just a few of the many well-known American atheists and/or agnostics who have made contributions to society.
As reported by American Atheists, George H. Bush said, "I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."
Would you vote for an atheist? Be honest. No one knows who you are in our poll.
It's been said that it will be a very long time before America will have an atheist president. Given the current numbers in Congress, it might also be a long time before the percentage of non-religious in Congress matches the percentage of non-religious in the population.
Out of a list of qualified candidates for local, state or federal office — including that of the presidency — who you liked and generally agreed with, would you vote for an atheist? Or would you change your mind as soon as you found out that he or she was an atheist and/or agnostic?
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The poll will remain open until the early morning of Sunday, January 30, 2011. Comments are welcome!
Out of a pool of qualified candidates, would you vote for an atheist?
- Yes. (93%, 304 Votes)
- No. (6%, 19 Votes)
- Not sure. (1%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 327