While many argue that America is getting more secular, the public appear to still find atheism a negative characteristic for an aspiring politician, joining inexperience at the top of bad traits. Military experience top the list of positives, ahead of experiences as governor and business executive.
The new Pew Research Poll indicates the public’s opinions headed into a heated 2014 election cycle and a looming 2016 presidential race.
“A new national survey testing candidate traits finds that 30% would be less likely to support a candidate with “many years” of experience as an elected official in Washington, while 19% would be more likely to support such a candidate. About half (48%) say it would not matter if a candidate had long Washington experience,” the report states.