Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pew Study: A Portrait of Mormons in the U.S.

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  • Mormon groups make up 58% of Utah's population and 1.7% of the total U.S. adult population
    • 35% of American Mormons live in Utah, 13% in California, and 4% live in Texas
  • Two-thirds (66%) are under age 50 compared to 59% of the general population
  • Women form the Majority (56%) of Mormons
  • 71% of Mormons are married compared to just 54% of the general population
  • Mormons are the most likely of any religious faith to be married to someone of the same faith (83%)
  • The only major religious faith that comes close to Mormons in having children are Muslims (Mormons reporting 3 or more children at home currently: 21%, while only 15% of Muslims have 3 or more children living at home; compared to just 9% in the general population).
  • 86% of Mormons are white compared to Jews (95% white), mainline Protestant churches (91% white) and Orthodox Christians (87% white).

Education and Income

  • Mormons are solidly middle-class.
  • Mormons are significantly more likely than the population overall to have some college education (61% compared to 50%)
  • 38% earn between $50,000 and $100,000 compared to 30% generally
  • Mormons are less likely earn less than $50,000 and about as likely to earn more than $100,000 compared to the general population.


  • Converts are typically older, less well educated, immigrants, and more racially diverse.

Religious Practice

  • A majority of Mormons (55%) say they receive a direct answer to a specific prayer request at least once a month.
  • Mormons have just over 2x the weekly church activity compared to mainline churches (76% compared to 35%).
  • 91% pray and read scriptures with their children compared to 63% generally.

  • A strong majority of Mormons (88%) say there are absolute standards of right and wrong.
  • 60% of Mormons Identify themselves as Conservative, while only 10% consider themselves to be liberal politically.
  • 65% identify with the Republican party (15% higher than any other religious group) while 22% identify themselves as Democrats.
    • The only group that is more partisan than Mormons are Historically Black Churches, which are 77% Democrat

  • Only 22% of Mormons think Evolution is the best explanation of human life while 75% disagree.
  • Marital status and education levels both correlate positively with conservative views in general including the size of government, abortion, and the role of the military in preserving peace.

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