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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Survey Says Pastors Prejudiced Against Mormon Politicians

PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- A survey of 518 pastors by Phoenix-based Ellison Research indicates that they generally would not vote for a Mormon, but would vote for a Jew. The survey was conducted earlier this year, before Senator Joseph Lieberman was chosen as the Democratic nominee for US Vice President.

The results indicate a heavy bias against Mormons. While 63% of those surveyed said they would vote for a Jew and 64% said they would vote for a Catholic, when asked about a Mormon candidate, their feelings were opposite: 76% said they would not vote for a Mormon, nearly as many as the 86% who said they would not vote for a homosexual.

Ellison Research's president, Ron Sellers, says he thinks the anti-Mormon bias is due to prejudices and misconceptions about Mormonism, and because many pastors, especially protestant evangelicals, view Mormonism as a threat, "The Mormon religion, because of its massive growth worldwide and strong missionary activities, is seen by many as a threat, and if you've got an organization you're concerned about, why would you suggest someone to be the leader of the free world who comes from that organization?" Sellers said.


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