Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What percentage of the Utah population are Mormon?

Take a look at a new study called: A Portrait of Mormons in the U.S., by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

You'll find that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other "Mormon" groups make up 58% of Utah's population and 1.7% of the total U.S. adult population.

Mormons are internally diverse, and "among the most devout and conservative religious people in the country." But we knew that.

Just 4% of all American Mormons live in the Northeast. We need to get busy with the missionary work!

56% of Mormons are women.

71% are married compared to just 54% in the general population. We must be doing something right.

They are significantly more likely to have a college education. 6 in 10 Mormons have some college education compared to 5 in 10 in the general population.

76% read the scriptures outside of religious services, 82% pray daily "and a majority of Mormons (55%) say they receive a direct answer to a specific prayer request at least once a month."

There is also a section on their political views. Mormons are very conservative politically, tend to favor less government and fewer services, are less likely to think that government should do more for the needy, more likely to weigh the cost of environmental laws with the cost to the economy and jobs.

Check out the full report. Draw your own conclusions.

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