The Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., over the weekend gave Mitt Romney and Rick Perry further opportunity to continue their headline sparring match, shifting focus from jobs and the economy to Romney’s Mormonism.
Headlines since the Values Straw Poll have heavily focused on a single moment when megachurch preacher Robert Jeffress introduced Perry by criticizing Romney’s faith.
“Mormonism is not Christianity,” he said, according to The Washington Post. “It’s not politically correct to say, but Mormonism is a cult.”
Though most headlines are focusing on Perry and Romney, the actual results of the poll tell a different tale, one that says voters — even evangelical Christian voters — are more worried about real issues than about where their candidate chooses to worship.
Ron Paul won the Value Voters Straw Poll by a comfortable 37 percent. He was followed by Herman Cain with 23 percent and Rick Santorum with 16 percent. The other candidates earned only single-digit percentages. Romney garnered only 4 percent of attendees’ votes, and Perry won only 9 percent of the vote.