Americans would rather have a gay president than an atheist president

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A poll has revealed the personal attributes that would make Americans more or less likely to vote for a candidate.

Gallup asked voters “Between now and the 2016 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates – their education, age, religion, race and so on.  If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be – would you vote for that person?”

The most popular category was Catholic, with 93% – which is good news for Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

Women, black, Hispanic and Jewish potential candidates all had above 90% support, which may be credit to the popularity of figures like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Gay or lesbian candidates scored 74% – just above Evangelical Christians, with 74%, but below Mormons with 81%.

The least popular category was socialist with less than half of voters saying they’d vote for a socialist candidate. This mean Bernie Saunders – an independent, but potential Democrat rival for Hillary Clinton – may face an uphill battle.

He recently described himself as  “philosophically… a democratic socialist”. Only 59% of Democrat voters would consider a socialist candidate.

Other less popular categories were Muslim, with 60% and atheist, with 58%.

Republican potential candidate Jeb Bush once described himself as Hispanic on a voter registration form, despite not being so.