Poll: Are you a typical Mormon?
In January 2012, the Pew Research Center published a survey of self-identified American members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Reports about the study claim that it may be the most comprehensive study of American Mormons ever that was not published by the LDS Church or an affiliated organization, like BYU.
Comparing myself to the majority of respondents, I see that I am a typical Mormon in many ways. I’m White, educated, married to another Mormon and living in a Western state. I knew I was pretty typical in these demographics, but I was surprised to find that many other Mormons also share some of my opinions. Like most Mormons, I believe that it is essential that Mormons care for the poor but don’t care about whether or not Mormons avoid R-rated movies. The study also confirmed that I am different from other Mormons in some very important ways. I am among only 17% of American Mormons who are Democrats (liberals) and among the 38% who prefer a marriage where both husband and wife work and care for children. (In the survey, 58% said they preferred a marriage where the husband works and the wife cares for the children.)
You can see the full report here: http://www.pewforum.org/Christian/Mormon/mormons-in-america.aspx
View the full-size infographic here: http://www.deseretnews.com/media/pdf/722608.pdf