Click the link below to read about a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute that says only 42 percent of Americans know Mitt Romney is Mormon, which remains unchanged from July.

Despite continued media attention to presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormon religion, only about four-in-ten Americans (42 percent) correctly identify Romney as Mormon, according to a new study by the Public Religion Research Institute.


This level of knowledge remains unchanged from July 2011, even after the controversy surrounding the disparaging remarks about the Mormon faith by a prominent evangelical leader.


The new PRRI Religion & Politics Tracking Survey finds white evangelical Protestants are the only subgroup that demonstrates increased knowledge of Romney's religion (53 percent today compared with 44 percent in July). The survey also finds registered voters are more likely than Americans overall to correctly identify Romney's religion (49 percent, compared with 42 percent respectively).


"The increase in knowledge of Romney's Mormon faith among evangelicals is potentially problematic for Romney, since we know from our research that 6 in 10 evangelicals do not see the Mormon faith to be a Christian religion," said Daniel Cox, PRRI research director. "As more evangelical voters identify Romney as a Mormon, the question will be whether he can bridge the religious gap with shared political values."


Among the findings:


Only 42 percent of Americans can correctly identify Mitt Romney's religion as Mormon. This level of knowledge remains unchanged from July 2011, when 40 percent of Americans correctly identified Mitt Romney's religion as Mormon.


— White evangelical Protestants are the only subgroup that demonstrates increased knowledge of Romney's religion (53 percent today compared with 44 percent in July).


— College graduates and seniors (age 65 and up) are most likely to correctly identify Romney as Mormon (66 percent and 62 percent respectively).


–– Republicans (52 percent) and members of the tea party movement (52 percent) are significantly more likely to correctly identify Romney's religion than Independents (41 percent) or Democrats (36 percent).


-- Religionnews.com/ PRRI


Week in Religion




Nov. 2, 1917, British foreign secretary Arthur J. Balfour, 69, issued the Balfour Declaration, calling for "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people," which planted the seed that, in 1948, led to the establishment of Israel.

Nov. 3, 1925, the Pentecostal Ministerial Alliance was organized in St. Louis, Mo. It became the forerunner of a new denomination, established in 1932 as the Pentecostal Church Inc.

Nov. 4, 1646, the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law making it a capital offense to deny that the Bible was the word of God. Any person convicted of the offense was liable to the death penalty.

-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church


Survey Says


Most Americans (68 percent) say it would not matter to them if a presidential candidate is Mormon, while 25 percent say they would be less likely to support a Mormon candidate, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.


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The Word


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Religion Around the World


Religious makeup of St. Lucia (2001 census)


Roman Catholic: 67.5 percent


Protestant: 18.2 percent


Other Christian: 5.1 percent


Rastafarian: 2.1 percent


Other: 1.1 percent


Unspecified: 1.5 percent


None: 4.5 percent


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