Large Swath of New York City Frowns Upon Atheist Politicians

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan is seen during his first service and Mass of Installation at St. Patrick's Cathedral April 15, 2009 in New York City. Dolan, 59, the former Milwaukee archbishop, is taking over the nation's second-largest diocese from Cardinal Edward Egan who is retiring after nine years.
Timothy Dolan is probably okay with this. Photo: Susan Watts-Pool/Getty Images

It appears that New York City isn't quite the bastion of godlessness and secularism that much of the country probably imagines it to be. According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 30 percent of New York City voters admit that they would be less likely to support a politician who happened to be atheist, compared to 7 percent who would be more inclined to lend their support and 61 percent who don't really care. In fact, an atheist politician would face more of a backlash at the polls than a born-again Christian, a Mormon, or a Muslim. Oddly enough, this bias was actually a bit stronger among 18–34-year-olds than it was among 50–64-year-olds. We wonder how many of them have voted for an atheist without knowing it.