[A] Pew poll found that 31% of Democrats and 23% Republicans said they would be less likely to support a candidate if he were Mormon. The poll also found that the more liberal the respondent, the more anti-Mormon they were. – American Spectator
The media’s preoccupation with anti-Mormon sentiment on the right has distracted from what is arguably a much more pervasive anti-Mormonism on the secular left.
Reams of polling data make clear that anti-Mormonism is not exclusively, or even predominantly, a problem on the right. A 2011 Gallup poll found that 27% of Democrats said they wouldn’t vote for a Mormon of their own party for president, 50% more than the 18% of Republicans who felt that way. In a Quinnipiac survey, 46% of Democrats said they wouldn’t be comfortable with a Mormon president, while 29% of Republican respondents felt similarly.
Writing in New York magazine in January, Frank Rich heralded the liberal attacks on Romney’s Mormonism as “the big dog that has yet to bark, and surely will by October.”
The left’s hostility toward Mormonism has less to do with church doctrine and much more to do with the doctrines of conservatism to which most Mormons strictly adhere.
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