Hemant also includes the analysis of howAmericans responses to this question have varied over time (since 1937!):
What's interesting here is that 1) Gallup started asking people about the possibility of a gay/lesbian president way back in 1978 and 2) This is the first poll where a majority of Americans have even said that they would vote for an atheist president, so in that case it can be thought of as progress!
The good news, as Hemant notes, is that if you look at the cross-tabs there are two important results. One is that more Democrats (58%) than Republicans (48%) would vote for an atheist if nominated by their party. The other is that there is a clear correlation of acceptability of an atheist presidential candidate with age, and millennials (who we know are becoming sharply more godless than their older peers) are the most supportive group with 70% of 18-29 year-olds responding they would vote for an atheist presidential nominee, while only 40% of
Sheeesh, can we just hurry up and get to the America where millennials (and the generation after them) are a majority of the country already? America would have marriage equality and quite possibly an atheist leader.
That's something that Australia is likely to accomplish by the end of 2012. Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard is atheist, and Australia's Parliament is currently considering marriage equality legislation.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!