Poll: Utah voters believe Romney's Mormon faith hurting him less this time

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  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    March 4, 2012 9:09 p.m.

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    Cottonwood Heights, UT

    However, reality is that the Democrats, or specifically Obama's Chicago machine cronies, will be behind the sliming of Romney and the LDS faith as soon as he is the certain nominee.

    You shouldn't be to quick to blame the Democrats or the Obama supporters of sliming Mitt Romney and the LDS church, the ultra right Republicans and Fox news is already doing a pretty good job of sliming both.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 4, 2012 7:16 p.m.

    However, reality is that the Democrats, or specifically Obama's Chicago machine cronies, will be behind the sliming of Romney and the LDS faith as soon as he is the certain nominee.

    This will be reported and repeated endlessly by the media and many of the voters who pay little attention to politics will be easily convinced that Romney is some sort of dangerous kook, based on fallacious accounts of his religion.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2012 3:16 p.m.

    I'm not surprised, considering how some people seem to think the only way one could oppose Romney/support another candidate is to be anti-mormon, the fact that Romney is doing better this time would, if that logic were accurate, mean that his faith is hurting him less.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    March 4, 2012 2:30 p.m.

    RE: deep in thought ,I actually really love a great piece of writing that challenges my views. Poll the Christian leaders,Protestant and Catholic on Mormonism.

    Dr. Richard Land, a leading figure in the influential Southern Baptist Convention. He does not consider Mitt Romney and other Mormons to be Christians, and likens Mormonism to Islam.
    Perhaps the best way to describe Mormonism, perhaps the most charitable way to describe Mormonism, is that itÂs a fourth Abrahamic religion, with Joseph Smith playing the role that Muhammad plays in Islam and the Book of Mormon playing the role that the Quran plays in Islam. ItÂs based upon the Christian faith and the Jewish faith but it goes beyond them and it contradicts them.
    ÂIslam is not a Christian faith. Mormonism is not a Christian faith, he said with emphasis.

    The Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, expressed a similar view about Romney and his Mormon faith in a recent interview with MSNBC.

    Catholic Answers. Mormonism is a not Christian religion.

  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    March 4, 2012 1:51 p.m.

    As a political junkie, I enjoy reading everyones views put forth in the DN and in the SLT on the candidates,I read both papers plus a number of others from around the country. I agree with some peoples views whole heartedly, some partially and some not at all but none the less it gives one the feel of how voters are leaning and why. So everyone should join in these comments regardless of their views of any candidate.

    I do not hate any candidate but since this articles is about Mitt Romney and how his religion is viewed by others I will state my view on that subject. I am not a Romney backer, I do not agree with some his views on many issues but not his religion. As a member of the LDS Church I have the fear of what would happen if Romney were to be elected as President. Regardless of What Romney would do in office, some will agree but there will be those that don't agree. Mitt Romney is not going to have to take the flack but the LDS church is going to be blamed for any decision that he makes, regardless good bad or indifferent. The Missionarys in the field will have a much rougher time as will every member of the church. Things are pretty mellow right now but with Romney as president there will be a strong backlash on the church. The old adage "All publicity is good publicity" will not be the case.

  • JerryLungaard SLC, UT
    March 4, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    Obama is salivating at the chance to run against Mitt Romney in this election. You can bet that the controversy over Mitt's religion will intensify if he's chosen as the nominee. The recent controversy over race at BYU highlighted by the Washington Post article is just a small taste of what will happen if Mitt gets the nomination.

    Look for more articles on sexism, homophobia, and racism in the near future. This is going to be an uphill battle for Mitt if he fails to take a stance that is contrary to his Mormon faith. I'm predicting a landslide victory for Obama if Mitt is selected. It's really a shame too, because I feel this country could really use a moderate republican with real business experience.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    Stop the presses!

    A Mormon-owned newspaper reports on a Mormon-run poll of Mormons concerning a Mormon candidate.

    The headline reads:

    "Utah voters believe Romney's Mormon faith hurting him less this time"


    And in other news today, water is wet.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    March 4, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    I think Romney has Rick Santorum and Michelle Bachman to thank for making Mormons look progressive. I never thought I would see the day when Republicans would say Mormons were "too liberal."

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    March 4, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    Romney's religion is less important than his flop-flopping. It was revealed Friday that he endorsed the individual mandate in 2009.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 4, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    We are fortunate in Utah and in the SLC area to have two divergent newspapers for over 100 years giving both sides regligiously and pollitically and other various topics the opportunity to read and digest the information the reporters and editors provide for us. We can select either newspaper to get our information to give us the balance that we want in life. As in the past both papers have editorial sections where people can put in their comments to the articles as a public forum. Since we now have online access, we also have an opportunity to use a similar forum to address issues with the newspaper and also to each other. We then have the choice to be kind and appropriate as we deal with others. Newspaper editors and reporters have been taught how to accept criticism. We in the general population can learn those skills and maybe have the ability to be fair with each other. In any environment, we can have 100 different views on 100 different topics, whether reading from one newspaper or another. We can disagree with each other or with the newspaper or even the issue from the article. After living in countries in Europe, Central and South America and in Asia, we are so blessed to have freedoms of speech and expression. When people don't have that freedoms even in the most liberal or conservative of countries, their ability to do as we are doing now, to express our views is shut down. People don't even want to say anything to anyone, especially about politics and government in any public forum. We have choice to read either the DN or SLT. What we need to do is respect others and not be as what I saw in others countries where the government takes action for those that disagree.

    Mitt's and our religion has been subdued compared to Huckabee's attacks of 4 years ago but the religious sentiments is there today, not matter what state you live in. The administration attacked the Catholic Church even after months of discussions on the issue. The general election is coming and the religion issue will surface one way or another as it does in the two papers in Salt Lake City and Utah.

  • Gosh-DUH Burlington, CT
    March 4, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    Not sure that Utah Mormons can judge the impact of Romney's LDS faith while living in Utah. A more relevant poll would be, when should Mitt hang up the blue jeans? especially when it seems everyone else at the event is wearing dress pants. Go Mitt!!

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    March 4, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    Picking Leavitt or Huntsman for for VP would be a disaster. It would create the wrong impression among evangelicals and further alienate him from those who are reluctant to support him.

  • deep in thought Salt Lake, UT
    March 4, 2012 8:04 a.m.

    @ no fit

    As an aspiring novice writer then, you certainly understand that writing a tasteful opposition piece is the crown jewel of skills.

    By weaving both facts and powerful words, you subtly lead your reader along to see your point of view and find themselves overcome with appreciation for your prose even if they can't completely agree with your point.

    By having nearly all your posts fall into one of four categories:

    1) Mormons are lame
    2) Mitt Romney is lame
    3) The Deseret News is lame
    4) Republicans are lame

    You miss the status of Erudite professor and more likely deserve the label of school yard bully.

    I actually really love a great piece of writing that challenges my views. When I can tell the writer is passionate about what he/she feels and is able to convey it with skill and grace without trying to be belligerent or offensive.

    Do you have the right to get on these boards and be belligerent and offensive because this is the great U S of A. Of course. Best wishes to you in your quest as a young author.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    March 4, 2012 6:34 a.m.

    Romney's Mormonism does hurt his chances, but not nearly as much as Romney hurts his chances.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    March 3, 2012 11:43 p.m.


    Yes, it is definitely a fun time to be a liberal living in Utah. Fortunate to live in America and be able to express different views than the conservative Mormon folks, as well. Writing has always been one enjoyable past time. Thanks for your wonderful, continuing encouragement!

  • deep in thought Salt Lake, UT
    March 3, 2012 9:58 p.m.

    @ No fit in SG

    For someone who hates reading about Mitt Romney, thinks Republicans are lame, and that Mormons are a cult - you still read the Deseret News obsessively... I mean, there's hardly a story you don't comment on.

    Maybe you should get yourself a hobby like picking flowers and dancing around the house. ;)

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 3, 2012 9:19 p.m.

    Mitt needs to have his faith continue to be a liability to him. As every candidate should. None of us is voting for preacher in chief, and they all need to learn to keep it to themselves.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    March 3, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    Mitt Romney picks flowers for a hobby, and dances around the house when he's home.......I guess that is coming next.
    Can't wait til the time comes when there are some other people to talk about in this forum.