Poll: Mormons excited about Romney’s rise, but wary of media

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(RNS) Three out of four Mormons said Mitt Romney's rise to become the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is a good thing for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But less than a quarter expect the media to cover the church fairly, according to a new poll. By Daniel Burke.

  • Raymond Takashi Swenson

    There is no question that it is the personal qualities and political stance of Romney that excite Mormons about his candidacy. Jon Huntsman demonstrated that being a twice elected Republican Utah governor was not enough to generate enthusiasm for him as a presidential candidate among most Mormons. When Utah Senator Orrin Hatch tried a short presidential run a few years ago, his popularity as a senator and his identity as a Mormon did not excite a lot of Utahn’s about contributing to his presidential campaign fund. And if Democrat senator Harry Reid of Nevada ever ran for the presidency, he would not find a lot of support from fellow Mormons, even though he is an active member of the church. In Utah, most candidates in both parties are Mormons. Religion is not a reason to vote for or against a candidate. Voters are more concerned with the personal qualities of the candidate first, and secondarily with their party affiliation. Utahns have elected governors and members of Congress who were not Mormons, as well as Mormons who were only nominal members. If Romney had grown up as a Presbyterian, they would still support him.

    Mormons who are Republican know Mitt Romney from the three years he lived in Utah to rescue the 2002 Olympic Games from scandal and financial disaster. They see him as a candidate who is a credible president, someone who can appeal to people all across the US because of his abilities and accomplishments.

  • Dorothy M Wood

    I am a rather new member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who supports Romney but not “because he is Mormon.” I have never lived IN or worked in a community of Mormons, so the influence of such does not deter me one way or another. I support Mitt Romney because he is a brilliant man who has the resume! He is also a great dad and husband. I have noticed that that is not necessarity traits of only Mormon families, but it is definitely a trait of Mormon families. Therefore, I believe Mitt and Ann, aside from the fact they are members of that paritcular religion, they are, far and above, great role models for young people who want to succeed in business life, with the other great bonus, that they are great role models for those who want to succeed in family life. I support Mitt’s candidacy 100%.