(CNSNews.com) -- A new poll shows that strong majorities of American voters would vote for a "well-qualified" candidate for president if he were black, Catholic, Jewish, female or even gay/lesbian, but less than a majority, only 45%, would for a candidate who is a "socialist."
However, among Democrats, 76% said they would vote for a socialist presidential candidate.
In the survey, Gallup asked, "Between now and the 2020 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 [characteristic], would you vote for that person?"," and then listed characteristics such as black, Catholic, Hispanic, Jewish, etc.
Among the respondents, 96% said they would vote for a black candidate; 95% would vote for a Catholic; 94% for a Hispanic; 93% for a Jewish candidate; and 93% for a woman.
Also, 80% said they would support an evangelical Christian; 78% would vote for a gay/lesbian candidate. sixty-six percent said they'd vote for a Muslim, and 60% for an atheist.
However, when it comes to a socialist presidential candidate, only 45% of Americans said they vote for him.
Broken down by political party tells a different story.
Among Democrats, 76% said they would vote for a socialist. Only 17% of Republicans and 45% of Independents said they would support a socialist presidential candidate.
Seventy-seven percent of Democrats said they'd vote for an evangelical Christian and 69% said they'd back an atheist. Socialists apparently are more popular than atheists among Democrats.
Among Republicans, 91% would vote for a black candidate and 92% for a Jewish candidate. Only 42% of Republicans said they'd back a Muslim for president.
"Since 1958, the sharpest increase in voting tolerance has been for blacks, followed by atheists, women, Jewish candidates and Catholics," reported Gallup. "More recently, the biggest shift has been for gay or lesbian candidates."
"Being gay or lesbian, Muslim, an atheist or a socialist wouldn't cause much stir among Democrats, but these candidates could have difficulty attracting support from Republicans and, to a lesser extent, from political independents," said the survey firm.
Gallup conducted this poll, Jan. 16-29, 2020, by telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,033 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.