Atheism remains least-trusted characteristic in American politics

A Pew Study from last month found that atheism remain the most untrusted attribute in American politicians, although the degree of animosity has declined from 63% in 2007 to 53% in 2014.

On the other side of the ledger, not believing in God and never having held elected office before are the most negatively viewed traits of those tested. Just over half (53%) say they would be less likely to vote for someone who does not believe in God, while only 5% say this would make them more likely to support a candidate. And despite a decline in regard for extensive Washington experience, a presidential candidate who has never held any elected office would have little appeal: 52% say this would make them less likely to vote for a candidate compared with just 9% who say this would increase their likelihood of supporting a candidate.

For 2016 Hopefuls, Washington Experience Could Do More Harm than Good

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  1. It's the most positive attribute on that list for me.

    I don't trust any politician who 'does God'.

  2. 1% are those who cheat and assume everybody does and so at least a candidate who's admitted to doing it is honest about it and it can't be used against him (or her).

    The other 1% are those who deliberately answer surveys in the most ridiculous ways to skew results.

    I am occasionally in one of those 1% groups.

    Meanwhile, a career in American politics is something I'm going to have to avoid.

    Largely because I'm Canadian, and have zero public speaking skills. But this doesn't help matters.

  3. Atheists: We Don't Have A Prayer.

  4. You should never hide your lack of religion. That only helps perpetuate these lies about atheists.

    Politely, firmly, and honestly. That's how to deal with the religious.

    Today two women knocked on my door and asked "if they could share a thought from the bible." To which I responded with a polite, "No thank you," and closed the door.

    Last month, a mormon missionary decided to chat with me while I was walking down the street, and asked if I was interested in Mormonism. "Not really, thank you." Not taking "no" for an answer, she asked me what I knew about Mormonism, and I told the truth. "Only what I read in Wikipedia. It was founded in upstate New York by Joseph Smith, who said that the angel Moroni gave him gold tablets that were written in 'reformed Egyptian' (a language with no factual basis or evidence for). These tablets (which later conveniently disappeared when people wanted to see them) said that Native Americans were actually Jews, and that the Garden of Eden was in Missouri. Honestly, it actually sounds stunningly stupid, and I can't imagine anyone actually believing this even if they grew up in the religion. It's kind of like a 19th century Scientology."

  5. I presume you're a Christian of some flavour. Imagine if instead of In God We Trust being on your money, it said In Thor We Trust. And that city council meetings were opened with a prayer to Thor. Imagine if every day 3/4 of the kids in classrooms started off the day by being led in a prayer to Thor by the teacher. Imagine if the remaining 1/4 of kids were bullied by the majority and told that if they didn't stop believing in that bullshit god Jahweh, Thor would murder them with his hammer.

    No one objects to the days of the week being named after different gods because most don't realize it and those that do know that very few people worship The Sun, The Moon, Tyr, Odin, Thor, Frigg, or Saturn.

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