Comments about ‘'Mormons in America' Pew survey explores beliefs, attitudes of LDS Church members’

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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 11 2012 10:00 p.m. MST

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DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Pew is a notoriously left wing entity. Their sudden interest in the beliefs of the LDS faith surfaces just as a prominent member of that faith is close to winning the Republican nomination for the Presidency.

Coincidence? I think not.

And, I am sure the survey will be used to provide excuses for members of other faiths to condemn Mormons, but most especially any Mormon Presidential candidates, as some sort of evil cult members and all the other slanderous nonsense that has been used against members of the LDS faith for generations.

People might wish that this were a straightforward intellectually honest survey initiated with pure motives and no agenda. People might also wish for unicorns leaping from rainbows, but reality is often different than what we are told.

Just remember, any Republican nominee of any faith will be a better President than one who sat in the pews of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years.

Straitpath
PROVO, UT

This was fascinating. I hope these findings will be a help to the Church.

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

%DN Subscriper, The article was favorable to Mormons, what is your beef. It seems some just have a knee jerk reaction to go on the defensive without cause. When one receives a smile it is a good thing to smile back.

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

Some interesting stuff. I'm going to guess the plus or minus on the margin of error is right around 11%. Either that or 11% of Mormons don't know what the word reincarnation means. Oh who cares resurrection/reincarnation it's almost the same thing right?? (I'm just joking in case the sarcasm isn't coming through)

lds4gaymarriage
Salt Lake City, UT

I thought it was pretty fair. The only weird thing was 11% believing in reincarnation. What's up with that?

cknott
Alpine, UT

Some very surprising results actually! As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in Utah just recently I find these statistic insightful and honest...especially about the lack of relevance and adherence to the Word of Wisdom and indecent movies being permissible while still holding a temple recommend. It bares out with my anecdotal experiences of living here in Utah for the first time. I am curious to find out more about the saints living outside of the US and outside of the west.I am glad I was notified about this prior to hearing it on NPR tomorrow or perhaps Radio West (O wait never mind it's favorable to the church, lol):) I must admit that this report was much preferred to hearing ANYTHING about Jimmer what's his name and BYU sports statistics ANY DAY as so called Breaking News!!! :)

LDSareChristians
Anchorage, AK

56 percent saying that the American people are ready for a Mormon president.

Interesting how that poll figure matches the 56% who voted for the two LDS candidates in NH the other day.

theNashRambler
Salt Lake City, UT

Now lets get Romney in as President so people can really see how well Mormons can lead yet be compassionate; mainstream yet bold.

Youtube search "Romney Man" for a light hearted political parody song in ghe style of Johnny Cash.

kargirl
Sacramento, CA

cknott, I'd like to hear what other Saints had to say, too. I have lived in Utah, and while you can always find whatever you're looking for, I was surprised that I found a lot less practicing of the principles I learned when I went there, and so did others. I'm an Easterner by birth and we didn't have many there but we really tried to do the best we could because we were often the only LDS person our friends might ever meet! If they ever choose to repeat this study I hope they just ask for a some stake directories and look some of us up! Unless, of course, they check on who comments on DN....

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Sounds to me like Mormons are pretty nice people, whether I agree with them on all the issues or not.

Cowboy Dude
SAINT GEORGE, UT

Favorable to immigrants? Why wouldn't anyone be favorable to immigrants?
Or did they mean illegal immigration? I hate when the survey is not clear.

JBrady
Murray, Ut

I would like to see PEW ask an honest question about immigration. Asking questions that mix legal and illegal immigrants together is very deceptive, and tries to influence the poll numbers.

I for one, would like to see the results when they are separated into two different questions.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

I was just wondering. When you live outside of Utah, how do you identify who the inactive members are? The sweeping statements about who lives the principles of the Gospel and who doesn't are really closed minded and unfair.

ECR
Burke, VA

"the study found that Church members subscribe to traditional Christian beliefs, have high moral standards, are overwhelmingly satisfied with their lives and communities, are active in serving others and have a profound dedication to family. These results reflect the Church's message that a deep commitment to the teachings of Jesus Christ brings lasting happiness."

When all is said and done, regardless of your position on political or social issues, I think (I hope) this is an accurate reflection of all Mormons.

Thanks for highlighting this study.

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

"Pew is a notoriously left wing entity"

The term "wing" is used far too often by both the left and the right.

Everyone cannot be Left or Right Wing by definition.

mvoorhis
IDAHO FALLS, ID

Why don't they look at using other forms of media? Such as FB? I know the church can't give out ward and stake lists, but some simple FB queries could find 10,000 LDS rather than the 1100 or so poled here.

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ DN Subscriber, are you kidding me? Pew left wing? I think not. And it didn't take time for someone to use this as an excuse to bash President Obama. It's getting old, dude.

But what this study does show is that the Church is a Republican one. Over the long haul and in the big picture, this hurts the Church and the fulfillment of its mission. It already has, and as the Church further grows and expands, this tight identification with one political party will actually be a liability.

Pugman
TREMONTON, UT

@Esquire
"Over the long haul and in the big picture this hurts the Church and the fullfillment of it's mission. How so...we all know through prophets or we should know, the events that are unfolding and will continue to unfold. As Latter Day Saints, and Christians we all should know how this ends. I could be missing your point but are you trying to imply that we have to be more tolerant of another political party and their agenda? What if this agenda is not in harmony with my core beliefs or principles. I realize that my views are totally my own, I will not try not to force them on anyone. That being said, I hope no one tries to ram political correctness down my throat...I'm likely just to throw it back up in your face.

Aggielove
Junction city, Oregon

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Reader
Sandy, UT

With over 5.5 million Latter-day Saints in this country alone, I am not sure how indicative a sample of 1017 is, even with an 11% margin of error.

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