Differences aside, evangelicals see LDS as political allies

Evangelicals may grouse about Mormons calling themselves Christians. But a new national poll by The Salt Lake Tribune shows that most of them still view Mormons as like-minded political allies on such social issues as abortion and gay rights.

That may be why the same poll, as previously reported, shows big majorities of white evangelicals and Republicans say they would feel comfortable voting for a Mormon for president — although a still-sizable minority of about a quarter of all evangelicals say they would feel uncomfortable.

That minority is big enough that it could hurt Mitt Romney, a Mormon, in GOP primaries — where most GOP candidates have similar social views, so evangelicals could easily opt instead for someone with religious views more similar to their own.

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