Mormons top approval for Trump among religious groups in US, poll shows

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ST. GEORGE — Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expressed higher approval of President Donald Trump’s job in office than any other religious group in the U.S., according to an extensive poll conducted by Gallup in 2017.

In this December 2017 file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump visits with church leaders and others at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Welfare Square, Salt Lake City, Utah, December 4, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Intellectual Reserve, St. George News

Of the 2,241 Mormons polled, 61 percent expressed approval of Trump, while the lowest approval rating was expressed by Muslims at 18 percent.

About 60,000 respondents categorized as Protestant/other Christian responded with 48 percent approval. In the same category, which includes any Christians who do not identify as Catholic or Mormon, non-Hispanic white respondents expressed about 60 percent approval, mirroring the approval rate of Mormons.

Only 10 percent of black Protestants and 28 percent of Hispanic Protestants approved.

According to a report about the poll data by Gallup, the results are indicative of the current relationship between religion and politics, with Mormons and Protestants as a whole typically approving of Republican presidents while disapproving of Democratic presidents.

Gallup’s analysis of Barack Obama’s approval among religious groups showed a similar pattern in reverse, with 72 percent of Muslims approving of the 44th president’s job and only 18 percent of Mormons expressing approval.

Among Catholics, 38 percent expressed approval, which is about the same approval rate of the overall U.S. adult population at 39 percent.

The Jewish population’s approval rating stood at 26 percent. The Jewish religious group, as a whole, typically leans toward Democratic candidates, reflected in exit poll data showing 71 percent of Jews voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election, compared to 23 percent who voted for Trump.

Around 22 percent of nonreligious and other non-Christian respondents approved of Trump’s job in office.

The results of the poll are based on more than 122,000 interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking in 2017.

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42 Comments

  • PogoStik January 15, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Doesn’t say much about their sense of judgement, does it?

    • great success January 15, 2018 at 9:59 am

      Agree. This should cause members of the church pause. But thinking too hard about the meaning of things is not really in the prescribed playbook.

    • desertgirl January 16, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Your opinion. My opinion: anyone who would vote for a progressive (i.e. communist/totalitarian/fascist supporter) or Democrat is un-American. The Democratic Party I belonged to for decades is now the party of Marxist indoctrination and hate. The Dems survive by supporting criminals, illegals, and the mass numbers of people they promise welfare too; absolutely nothing to be proud of if you have any dignity. btw You are a typical intolerant bigot.

      • fabian January 16, 2018 at 9:16 am

        Trump is the fascist. Members of his cabinet literally want an ethno-nationalist state.

      • Travis March 8, 2018 at 9:47 am

        Trump was a Liberal Progressive, when it suited him. Now he is just Republican PIG!

  • John January 15, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Pretty much says that Mormons are not buying the main stream media’s narrative..Which seems to be an example we should all follow.

    • dons8120 January 15, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      You and the right keep using the MSM excuse. Don’t you think that if everyone in the world except Fox news is reporting the same news, that maybe Fox news is biased and wrong? This is really a non story. Who cares if the Mormons support Trump, it’s no secret that extreme christian religions support him. Their beliefs are similar, anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-marijuana, and in many cases anti-muslim. I guess they are having a hard time finding stories to fill the front page.

  • stg-anon January 15, 2018 at 11:26 am

    The church very nearly outright condemned Trump before the election, and now the general membership are completely onboard with him.

    Widespread approval of such a horrible person makes the church look awful.

    • John January 15, 2018 at 11:40 am

      you buy the MSM narrative..LOL…You really don’t have a clue do you?

      • dons8120 January 15, 2018 at 12:18 pm

        It’s common knowledge that many Utah Mormons didn’t vote for Trump. Many voted for Evan McMullin. Why does it always have to be a negative attack from you. Get a life! Not everything is a conspiracy from CNN or MSNBC.

        • John January 15, 2018 at 2:10 pm

          You make up alot of facts for somebody who claims yo know what you are talking about.. Here is the fact.: You are wrong again delusional donny..Over 60% of Utah is considered Mormon, If the church outright condemned Trump, how did he get nearly 50% of the vote in the state?

          • dons8120 January 15, 2018 at 2:36 pm

            Why do you keep repeating yourself? You said the same thing in your other comment. Just so you know I said many Utah Mormons didn’t vote for Trump. I didn’t say they “outright condemned him” Does anybody else in the comments section see how stupid John sounds or is it just me? Just so you can double check here is my comment again.

            dons8120 January 15, 2018 at 12:18 pm Reply
            It’s common knowledge that many Utah Mormons didn’t vote for Trump. Many voted for Evan McMullin. Why does it always have to be a negative attack from you. Get a life! Not everything is a conspiracy from CNN or MSNBC.

          • John January 15, 2018 at 3:14 pm

            It is just you..hahahaha! and go cry elsewhere.. you don’t know what you are talking about delusional donny…Trump won Utah by a large margin and he could not have done that without the Mormons.. stuff it little donny, you are wrong again you sheep..

          • comments January 15, 2018 at 3:39 pm

            It’s simply because john is real dumb. on the level of maybe a 5-6yo

          • comments January 15, 2018 at 3:40 pm

            if even that……. lol

          • John January 15, 2018 at 3:57 pm

            There it is I told you he couldn’t go without mentioning the election and how trump won. – Little Donny

          • jaybird January 15, 2018 at 8:56 pm

            Dont you know thats why they are called toilets – John. Or prostitution dupes. Or what Trump would call a sh##hole.

    • dons8120 January 15, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      They are just doing what they are told, vote your conscious unless it means letting a democrat win!

    • John January 15, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      Over 60% of Utah is considered Mormon, If the church outright condemned Trump, how did he get nearly 50% of the vote in the state?

      • dons8120 January 15, 2018 at 2:29 pm

        He got 45% of the vote which equaled out to 515,000 votes. McMillin got 243,000, that is nearly half of what Trump got. Don’t forget about Clinton’s 310,000 votes. Considering that based on the last census we have around 2 million people of voting age, I would say that a good chunk of people did condemn him. (Since I mentioned Her name, John, please don’t start the Hilary lost the election rant, I am just putting in the numbers for you to see, not to dispute that he won. I just wanted to make that clear. )

        • John January 15, 2018 at 3:16 pm

          Yup… nearly twice as many votes as any other candidate, not even close even if we use your common core math.. go back under your rock delusional donny the dummy

        • John January 15, 2018 at 3:28 pm

          TRUMP WON>>> GET OVER IT…

          • desertgirl January 16, 2018 at 8:17 am

            They can’t John. The syndrome these people have toward the president requires opening one’s mind and acting like an adult. Until then they are the negative, hateful force that divides this country. No on is allowed to disagree with them; the very reason I call them un-American, as nothing is more un-American than shutting down free thinking, ideas, free speech, and tolerance. The Democratic Party and progressives are the opposite of all the preceding exhibited by all they say and do.

  • dogmatic January 15, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Mormons favor Trump but the real story is about how much Muslims loved Hussain Obumer who’s doctrine includes jehad.
    Obumer will go down in history as Americans worst president and Trump will take down any vestiges of BO’s legacy. And Americans will prosper….. loving It as it happens.

  • comments January 15, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    I can understand. If the prophet brother joseph smith were around in modern times he’d prob be a lot like the donald. The prophet brother joseph smith would’ve even said similar things as our beloved president. Imagine it:

    “And when you’re a mormon prophet, they let you do it, you can do anything… grab them by the p****.”

    • ladybugavenger January 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      …..no matter what age

  • John January 15, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    It is just so much fun to see you whining snowflakes melt…hahahahaha!

  • biker11 January 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Trump is doing a GREAT job. The evil system has never tried to take down a president like this before. He has arrested over 3500 pedophiles in the US, this has made the corrupt, criminal system very fearful and will do anything, as they are doing, to take him down. IT WONT WORK!!!! It so great to have obama, and clinton teetering on jail time, Uranium 1 will help take those criminals out!!

    • jaybird January 15, 2018 at 9:13 pm

      Trump is genetically capable of having Alzeimers. Maybe thats why he appeals to the banal feckless and exploitable of our society.

    • desertgirl January 16, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Oh the evil, the evil/!!!! oh wow what are we going to do?!!!!!!!!! Answer from the left/liberals: Give up your freedoms, walk in lock-step with the totalitarian/fascist progressives and all will live lives of what? biker11 these progressive idiots have to change their own hearts and minds. Until they respect their own freedoms, and stop drinking the kool-aid of hate, intolerance and love of all things globalist the fight will never end. 🙂 At least we aren’t sheep and have human dignity.

    • Travis March 8, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Were you in a coma from January 20, 2009 through January 19, 2017?

  • Waid January 15, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Trump the Chump is a busy guy arresting all those pedophiles in between golf matches and watching Faux News! Where does he find the time?

    • desertgirl January 16, 2018 at 8:25 am

      lol Typical dumb-downed sheep remark. You couldn’t, like most progressives/liberals, intelligently debate your way out of a paper bag. You, are exactly the reason Trump is president. Thank you.

      • John January 16, 2018 at 9:44 am

        Desertgirl, we know, they are all just brainwashed leftist meat puppets, liberals who only think what they are told to think.. it’s sad but also funny how they can’t accept reality or even bother to find the truth. As long as they keep chasing those unicorns the country can only get better while they are distracted by the MSM foolishness and distortions . Most of them haven’t a clue. They actually believe Bernie the dinosaur socialist would have made a good president, just goes to show you their IQ is not very high ! They wonder why we call them sheep..hahahaha!

  • John January 16, 2018 at 8:15 am

    There’s a lot of puddles around here from all the clueless melted snowflakes!!..hahahahahahha!

    • mctrialsguy January 16, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      And, soon there will be a lot more puddles to step on. I love making a splash on the puddles! LOLOL

  • commonsense January 16, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    You can hate the man but not his performance numbers. The DJA has risen 7000 point in a year.
    New Jobs are at a record high. Unemployment is the lowest in a generation. Businesses are paying better and returning to America. Taxes are lower. Military is stronger. Police are supported. Trade agreements are balanced. Rogue governments are under attack. Immigration is being controlled. America is better than it was a year ago but most of all, global socialists are very unhappy and this means freedom is winning. America is a beacon once again.

    • comments January 16, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      Why do you keep beating around the bush? why not just say what you mean: “TRUMP IS THE NEW JESUS!!!”

  • Badshitzoo January 23, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I’m confused. Are some of you actually saying that the words coming out of our Scumbag presidents mouth, are actually “fake news” and that even though he looked right into the camera and said them right to your stupid face, that you didn’t see or hear him say all of those (well into 100’s now) things? Why is that?

  • radioviking February 2, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Why do so many Mormons like Trump? Well, first, Look at Trump: his “way with women” (womanizing lifestyle), love of power, says one thing and does another – a contradiction of character publicly versus privately, etc… Trump reminds the Mormons of their own beloved Joseph Smith! Seriously, look at the similarities!
    .
    Both exhibit womanizing ways (Joseph Smith had dozens of ‘secret wives’: see LDS . org and even see info. on “plural marriage in Nauvoo and Kirtland, look at the facts!), both men love power, and both lie to the public (Joseph Smith lied about having other wives, BUT now even the LDS church acknowledges the truth in that respect), etc.. BOOM! Those are just a few examples.
    .
    There you go! Trump is their kind of guy!
    .
    Sad, but true. I call it as it is. You’re welcome!

  • Travis March 8, 2018 at 9:45 am

    So character does not matter! Religious hypocrites! This man is a PIG. How is that acceptable? Oh, I forgot. It’s Utah! Maybe we should rename HILDALE and COLORADO CITY after the PIG!

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