How will social and religious issues factor into 2012 election?

… Will Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith hurt him among evangelical (or other) voters? Will President Obama lose support among Catholics, a key voting bloc, because of his positions on abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage? In short, will social and religious issues play a significant role in this election, as they have in the past?

Two polls released Thursday suggest an answer: Not so much. [cont.]

Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times