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Mormons now most Republican religious group in America

A Pew Research Center report out today finds that Mormons are the most Republican-leaning religious group.
A Pew Research Center report out today finds that Mormons are the most Republican-leaning religious group.

A Pew Research Center report out today finds that Mormons are the most Republican-leaning religious group.

The Pew Research Center, drawing on findings from the 2014 Religious Landscape Survey, released a report today on “U.S. Religious Groups and Their Political Leanings.”

“Mormons are the most heavily Republican-leaning religious group in the U.S., while a pair of major historically black Protestant denominations – the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and the National Baptist Convention – are two of the most reliably Democratic groups,” said the report.

Seventy percent of Mormons now affiliate with the GOP, which is up from 65% when the survey was done in 2007. The next-most-Republican group, the Southern Baptist Convention, is six points behind the Latter-day Saints at 64%.

Democrats now account for just 19% of U.S. Mormons, down from 22% in 2007.

This year is the first presidential election since 2008 that has not featured at least one LDS candidate for president, although Marco Rubio, who is currently neck-and-neck with evangelical Ted Cruz, did spend some of his formative years as a Mormon and some of his adulthood as an evangelical. Rubio now considers himself a Roman Catholic.


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Jana Riess

Senior columnist Jana Riess is the author of many books, including "The Prayer Wheel" (2018) and "The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church," which will be published by Oxford University Press in March 2019. She has a PhD in American religious history from Columbia University.

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