PASSAGES OF FAITH AND DOUBT 2
“Social and Political Views among Current and Former Mormons”
Way too much data in this chapter to regurgitate here, so here are just some highlights:
“Mormons’ marriage to the Republican Party has been going strong for seventy years, sealed by the rise of Ezra Taft Benson as President Eisenhower’s secretary of agriculture in the 1950s.”
“While the church maintains a policy of not endorsing candidates, and therefore officially stays out of politics...for the most part, the church’s positions on social issues such as abortion and homosexuality have stood in line with the GOP’s positions. Research shows that Mormons tend to follow political instructions from the church when its leaders appear unified in their opinions.”
“According to the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, 52 percent of Mormons nationally voted for Trump—significantly less than the 82 percent that voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 and the 72 percent who supported John McCain in 2008.”
“6 percent of LDS Millennials (including both genders) have served in the armed forces, and the rate climbs as the generations rise in age: 10 percent for GenX and 20 percent for Boomers/Silents. ...in the general population, just 3 percent of Millennial men have served in the military.”
Riess then includes information on 1. rankings of the top issues facing America; 2. the morality of abortion, affairs, and having babies outside of marriage; 3. in-vitro fertilization; 4. vasectomies; 5. homosexuality as a moral question; and 6. how former Mormons see some of these issues differently.