A U.S. survey shows that 60 percent of Americans say they would vote for a qualified presidential candidate who happened to be a Muslim, a position at odds with that of one of the leading Republican contenders for the party's 2016 presidential nomination.

The Gallup Poll recorded the finding in June when it asked voters whether they could support a candidate who was Catholic, a Jew, a Mormon, an evangelical Christian, a Muslim or an atheist. The survey showed support ranging from 93 percent for a Catholic candidate to 58 percent for an atheist.

On Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said on NBC's "Meet the Press," "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that."

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