While ninety percent of Americans would vote for a black, a woman, Catholic, Hispanic, or Jewish presidential candidate, only 54 percent would vote for an atheist and only 58 percent would vote for a Muslim according to a recent Gallup poll below.

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Gallup first asked this question in 1937 referring to women, Jews, and Catholic candidates. Since, Gallup has taken this poll every few years and consistently added new categories as presidential candidates have become more diverse.

Americans willing to vote for a Mormon president rests at 80 percent, a number which hasn't changed much over the last 45 years.

However, other categories have grown in acceptance, according to Gallup. While in 1937, less than half of Americans would vote for a woman or Jewish president, now over 90 percent say the would. In 1958, less than half of Americans would vote for a black candidate, and today that trend too has over 90 percent acceptance.

"Over time, Americans' acceptance of blacks and women as candidates has increased the most," the poll reports.

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The poll also breaks down the numbers based on party affiliations and age. This year more Republicans leaned towards voting Mormon for obvious reasons.

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Younger populations seem to be more accepting of diversity in presidential nominations and 7 out of 10 adults under the age of 30 would vote for candidates regardless of background.

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A Slideshow Of The Faith Of All American Presidents

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  • George Washington

    Episcopalian

  • John Adams

    Congregationalist -> Unitarian

  • Thomas Jefferson

    Christian, raised Anglican, but later had no affiliation

  • James Madison

    Episcopalian

  • James Monroe

    Episcopalian

  • John Quincy Adams

    Unitarian

  • Andrew Jackson

    Presbyterian

  • Martin Van Buren

    Dutch Reformed

  • William Henry Harrison

    Episcopalian

  • John Tyler

    Episcopalian

  • James K. Polk

    Methodist

  • Zachary Taylor

    Christian, raised Episcopalian

  • Millard Fillmore

    Unitarian

  • Franklin Pierce

    Christian, no affiliation -> Episcopalian

  • James Buchanan

    Presbyterian

  • Abraham Lincoln

    Deist, possibly Christian at the end of his life

  • Andrew Johnson

    Christian, no affiliation

  • Ulysses S. Grant

    Presbyterian, Methodist

  • Rutherford B. Hayes

    Christian, no specific affiliation

  • James Garfield

    Disciples of Christ

  • Chester A. Arthur

    Episcopalian

  • Grover Cleveland

    Presbyterian

  • Benjamin Harrison

    Presbyterian

  • William McKinley

    Methodist

  • Theodore Roosevelt

    Dutch Reformed

  • William Howard Taft

    Unitarian

  • Woodrow Wilson

    Presbyterian

  • Warren G. Harding

    Baptist

  • Calvin Coolidge

    Congregationalist

  • Herbert Hoover

    Quaker

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Episcopalian

  • Harry S. Truman

    Baptist

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Presbyterian

  • John F. Kennedy

    Catholic

  • Lyndon Johnson

    Disciples of Christ

  • Richard Nixon

    Quaker

  • Gerald Ford

    Episcopalian

  • Jimmy Carter

    Baptist

  • Ronald Reagan

    Presbyterian

  • George H. W. Bush

    Episcopalian

  • Bill Clinton

    Baptist

  • George W. Bush

    Methodist, raised Episcopalian

  • Barack Obama

    United Church of Christ -> Unaffiliated