Surveys have often shows that religion is an important aspect of an American presidential race
. The electorate frequently say that it's important to have a a president with strong religious beliefs in office. Pew Research recently pubslished some interesting data showing the political leanings of several major religious groups in the US. Mormons tend to be strongly Republican
while Jews, Muslims and Buddhists identify more with the Democrats
. Catholics are strongly divided with 37 percent leaning towards the Republicans and 44 percent towards the Democrats.