Summarized by Kent Larsen
Mormons Pessimistic About America's 'Direction'
Scripps Howard 27Jun00 N6
By Thomas Hargrove: Scripps Howard News Service
WASHINGTON, DC -- A new national survey released by the Scripps Howard News
Service indicates that Mormons are generally pessimistic about the direction
of America. Just one third of Mormons believe that America is "basically
headed in the 'right direction.'" These results come from a series of 10
national polls taken by the Scripps Howard News Service over the past five
Overall 43 percent of Ameicans believe their country is headed in the right
direction. But Mormons are next to lowest among the seven religious
preferences identified and near the bottom among all the 52 different groups
identified. The only groups less inclined to believe that America is headed
in the 'right direction,' are those claiming to be "born-again Christian"
(30%) and "Very Conservative" (31%).
The polls included results from 10,595 adult Americans contacted in a series
of 10 national surveys conducted from 1994 through 1999. They answered the
question: "Do you think America basically is headed in the right direction
or in the wrong direction?"