New Survey Says Being an Atheist is the Most Negative Trait for a Presidential Candidate

For decades now, Gallup has been asking voters about their dealbreakers when it comes to electing a President:

If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be ________, would you vote for that person?

And every time, “atheist” has been at the bottom of the list. In 2012, there was cause for celebration simply because more than half of those surveyed said they wouldn’t hold atheism against a politician.

Yesterday, the Pew Research Center released the results of their own version of this question. They wanted to know which qualities would help and hurt potential 2016 presidential candidates.

They asked voters whether certain characteristics would make it more or less likely that a politician would get their votes. For example, if the candidate were a woman, 19% of those surveyed said they would be more inclined to vote for her while 9% said less, for a net positive of 10%.

So Pew ranked the characteristics from highest net positive traits (served in the military, was/is a governor) to the highest net negative (take a guess):

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New Study Shows That Americans Lie About How Often They Really Go to Church

In a study to be unveiled just hours from now, brilliantly titled “I Know What You Did Last Sunday,” the Public Religion Research Institute shows that Americans are lying their asses off when it comes to admitting how often they go to church.

How do they know? Researchers conducted two types of surveys — one over the phone and one online — in which they asked the same questions about going to church and belief in God. When participants had to provide answers to a human being over the phone, they were much more likely to inflate their church attendance numbers. And when they’re in front of a computer, they’re more likely to admit that they rarely, if ever, go to church.

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Yemen Doesn’t Share My Parenting Values

The team at PBS NewsHour put together a terrific interactive where you can rank the values you feel are most important to teach your children and find out which countries reflect (and don’t reflect) your ideals. (The data used comes from the 2010-2014 World Values Survey)

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New Report Shows Shifting Religious Landscape for Hispanics, Many of Whom Are “Unaffiliated”

According to a new report by the Pew Research Center, 18% of Hispanics are unaffiliated with any religion (including 3% who are atheist or agnostic) — and 24% of Hispanic adults are former Catholics:

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New Poll Highlights Religious Ignorance on Scientific Issues

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the disappointing results of a recent poll:

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