A new poll says 56% of Americans think it's important for a White House wanna-be to have strong religious beliefs -- even if those beliefs differ from their own.
The percentage is higher still among white evangelicals (73%) and ethnic minority Christians (74%).
But the poll -- conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service -- also found that many have trouble naming the religions of President Obama, a Democrat, and the two Republican front-runners, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann.
And for the record, here is a list of the religious affiliations of the likely 2012 presidential contenders:
- OBAMA: Attended a United Church of Christ church for 20 years, but has visited a few different churches in Washington -- including St. John's Episcopal, a longtime favorite with presidents since it's across from the White House.
- ROMNEY: Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons.
- BACHMANN: Lutheran.
- Businessman HERMAN CAIN: Baptist.
- Former House Speaker NEWT GINGRICH: Converted to Catholicism in 2008.
- Former Utah Gov. JON HUNTSMAN: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/Mormon
- U.S. Rep. RON PAUL: Baptist.
- Former Minn. Gov. TIM PAWLENTY: Evangelical, attends a Baptist church.
- Texas Gov. RICK PERRY: Attends two churches, one United Methodist, one Baptist.
- Former Sen. RICK SANTORUM: Catholic.
For more details on the GOP candidates' religion resumes, visit this Republican-friendly site.