GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are both Mormons and now “new research” shows that they are not accepted in American society:
With Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith often under the microscope, a new survey to be released Thursday finds that most Mormons feel they are misunderstood, discriminated against and not accepted by Americans as part of mainstream society. Nearly half of Mormons say church members face significant discrimination in the United States, and a third believe voters are not ready to elect Mitt Romney, or any other member of their church, president.
A survey of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life comes as the former Massachusetts governor fights to keep his GOP front-runner status. LDS church leaders have long complained that critics take obscure or outdated Mormon teachings and describe them as core doctrine.
The church cast aside the teaching of polygamy in 1890, and in 1978, abolished the barrier that kept those of African descent from full participation in the church. In the latest Pew survey, only two per cent of Mormons said polygamy is morally acceptable. The Pew study found that almost half of Mormons in the U.S. consider themselves more discriminated against than African Americans. According to the Pew Forum survey, 46% of Mormons say there is “a lot of discrimination in the US” against them. Just 31% say there is a similar level of discrimination against black people.
Politically, Mormons are more conservative compared with the general public, the survey finds. Seventy-four percent of Mormons surveyed say they lean toward the Republican party, and 66 percent describe themselves as conservatives, much higher than the national average of 37 percent. That political ideology is reflected in their views of politicians – 86 percent view Romney favorably and 50 percent hold a positive view of another Mormon candidate, Jon Huntsman. But considerably less, only 22 percent, are supportive of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is also a Mormon.
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