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What is the Political Orientation of Latter-day Saints?

Religious demographer Ryan Burge published interesting data yesterday on the mean political ideology of various religious groups.

While Latter-day Saints are often painted as far-right on the political spectrum, Burge’s data suggests a more moderate conservatism.

This should come as little surprise to those who have observed younger Latter-day Saints struggling to identify with conservatism over the last seven years.

One, perhaps concerning note. Latter-day Saints are almost identical to Methodists, a denomination that is currently in the process of splintering over religious differences. While Burge’s data is particularly high level and does little to reveal tensions beneath the mean, it is a good reminder of the need for continued unity.

 

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C.D. Cunningham

C.D. Cunningham is the managing editor of Public Square magazine. After graduating from BYU-Idaho, he studied religion at Harvard University Extension. He serves on the board of the Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association.
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