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Voters downplay candidates' faith but shy from 'nones'NASHVILLE (BP) -- Relatively few Americans say a political candidate's religious beliefs are an important factor when deciding how to vote, according to a poll released Sept. 11 by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Yet Americans hardly ever elect a religiously unaffiliated member of Congress, and atheists claim they are generally underrepresented in public office.
A Union University political scientist says the way Americans vote suggests a persistent discomfort with atheism despite voters' profession of apathy toward candidates' faith. Read More