Poll: Political Leanings

Posted by on October 21, 2012 in Policy | 5 comments

mormon politics graph

Source: Pew Research Center, 2012.  (Click to enlarge.)

Since this is a Mormon blog, and in America, at least, most Mormons tend to be politically conservative, I thought it odd that so few politically conservative Mormons contributed to our upcoming politically-themed issue of Exponent II magazine and our recent series of politically-themed blog posts. Exponent staff tried to make both the magazine and series politically balanced, but achieving balance was challenging because conservative submissions were so scarce. Is the Exponent community really that different from the rest of our Mormon peers? Let’s find out.


  1. I find it depends on where I live. When I lived in Massachusetts’ wards, I felt quite moderate, so I’m always surprised that here in Arizona, that my ward considers me a flaming liberal.

    • Emily,
      This has been my experience as well. When I moved to Cambridge, MA, I think I was pretty conservative at first. After 5 years I was a moderate. After 10 years in Indiana, I am pretty liberal as far as church members go.

  2. I use to think I was independent, but, I realize that for my particular way of living I tend to be conservative, yet, I value that everyone has the right to live their own life according to their own needs. so maybe, I’m somewhere in the middle.

  3. I live conservatively, but support liberal ideals and rights. I guess that puts me somewhere in between. But I vote pretty liberal, because in spite of my personal lifestyle, social, fiscal and family choices, I don’t see it as my place to take any of those rights of choice out of anyone’s hands. So, that makes me personally conservative, moderately ideal, and a liberal voter. My ultimate conclusion is that it is difficult to label myself.

  4. None of the above. I’m a libertarian.

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