City of Roses
Though I am an American who values faith in my life highly, as do a vast majority of Americans, a candidate's religious affliation doesn't really influence my vote at all (unless I felt the candidate was TOO fundamentalist, regardless of his/her religious adherence)
Look, for instance, there are many voters who say that they would NEVER elect a Mormon currently, who Mitt Romney happens to be a Mormon. And yet, we already have Mormons elected to public office, most notably Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. So though I'm not a Mormon, I wouldn't think any less of a candidate if he/she was Mormon, as I believe faith shouldn't be treated as a one-size-fits-all concept, and its virtue comes in many different shapes and sizes.
Now, without a doubt, we are one of the more religious first-wprld countries in the world, and many Americans do take faith in their lives quite seriously. However, I think the public is far more accepting and broad-minded in terms of religious freedom and diversity than the pollster questioners make them out to be in the phrasing of their questions.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"