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News Analysis: Has Romney Made Progress with Mormon Factor?
Utah Policy ^ | 01/04/2009 | LaVarr Webb

Posted on 01/09/2010 1:15:55 PM PST by delacoert

Mitt Romney appears to be positioning himself well for his expected presidential run in 2012.  He hasn’t been too noisy or too quiet. He has avoided major controversy. He’s building support around the country.

The current election year will provide Romney all sorts of opportunities to travel the nation, campaigning for gubernatorial and congressional candidates, raising money for them, giving speeches, and strengthening his national network.

Romney has to be considered the clear front-runner for the 2010 GOP nomination. Being the frontrunner this early, however, may be more of a problem than a benefit. Frontrunners take all the arrows.

Despite all of the positive things going for Romney, he still has one challenge that is befuddling – the Mormon factor.

There’s no question that the Mormon matter was a big issue in the 2008 campaign, exploited by the likes of Mike Huckabee.

Will 2012 be different? Will the Mormon factor dissipate in importance? Is Romney now familiar enough with voters that his religion won’t be an issue?

Only time will tell. But my guess is that the Mormon factor will still be important and a problem for Romney, at least among the religious right.

Sometimes, after an issue has been fully “vetted” with all the news media writing about it, numerous analyses having been published, and lots of discussions about it, it goes away.

But the Mormon issue doesn’t seem to go away, at least among some groups important in the nomination process. Some religious conservatives are convinced Mormonism is a cult and they will never vote for a Mormon for president.

A 2008 book by veteran California pollster Gary C. Lawrence illustrates the problem. Lawrence, a Mormon and pollster for 35 years, did a major national survey for his book, “How Americans View Mormonism.” The research did not produce happy results for Mormons.

Lawrence found Mormonism has a major image problem. Only 37% of Americans view Mormons favorably, while 49% have an unfavorable impression. For every one person who strongly likes Mormons, more than four strongly dislike Mormons.

Some 49% of respondents said Mormons are “mysterious.” Forty-four percent mentioned “weird beliefs,” 43% said women are treated as second-class citizens. Between 38% and 45% variously describe Mormons as blind followers, insular, narrow-minded, self-righteous, fanatical and brainwashed. Lawrence found a great deal of ignorance about Mormons and their beliefs.

So the question is, can Romney, in his second try, win the nomination (and ultimately the presidency) given these factors?

My guess is that Romney has made some progress with this issue. Whether it is enough for him to win is still unknown.



TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: lds; mittsendlessissue; mormon; mormonism; romney
Between 38% and 45% variously describe Mormons as blind followers, insular, narrow-minded, self-righteous, fanatical and brainwashed.

1 posted on 01/09/2010 1:15:56 PM PST by delacoert
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To: delacoert
Has Romney Made Progress with Mormon Factor?

I didn't know Mitt had a prime-time talk show.
2 posted on 01/09/2010 1:18:24 PM PST by LostInBayport (When the riders in the cart outnumber those pulling the cart, the cart stops moving. My back hurts.)
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To: delacoert

For me ...it is NOT the MORMON factor for Romney.. it’s the ... MODERATE FACTOR...

Romneycare... NO GO NO WAY NO HOW


3 posted on 01/09/2010 1:19:47 PM PST by gwilhelm56 (Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his office. ")
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To: delacoert
Well, whatever. I think Romney's biggest problem is the crowd of "Mit-bots" who surround him.

They may well believe they are helping their boy by attacking the competition over the slightest thing, but all they do is call attention to the fact that he has a crowd of whiners surrounding him.

Best if Mit fires the Mit-bots now while he still has a chance.

Now, is Romney a Mormon? By crackies, had no idea. He belongs to that place in Vermillion, right? Used to drive over from Detroit city!

4 posted on 01/09/2010 1:20:36 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: delacoert

If Romney gets the nomination, the media will make a big deal about Mormons not allowing blacks to be elders until the 1970s. Also if any news about a LDS cult leader marrying teenage girls makes news, the media will tie the cult leader to Romney.


5 posted on 01/09/2010 1:21:03 PM PST by yongin
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To: gwilhelm56

I don’t care if he’s a Mormon or a Martian. McRomney is an other RINO that needs to be shown the exit door.


6 posted on 01/09/2010 1:24:07 PM PST by toofast2
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To: delacoert
"Mormon factor," my ass.

Hey, Lavar -- it's the bigger, more intrusive government as the solution to every problem factor.

Get a clue.

7 posted on 01/09/2010 1:28:15 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: LostInBayport

Mitt lost me permanently when he signed the Mass. health care bill.

For all his smarts and training in running businesses, he stabbed Mass business in the back.

I firmly believe that if that Mass bill had gone down in flames, we wouldn’t be beseiged by the current crop in Congress trying to ram anything down our throats about “health care”.

Reid & Pelosi will never care if they break the backs of small business.


8 posted on 01/09/2010 1:30:12 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: gwilhelm56

But, according to the traditional GOP game plan, it is HIS TURN. sarcasm.


9 posted on 01/09/2010 1:30:23 PM PST by mono
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To: delacoert

I don’t care what his religion is. He’s a blow-dried toothy RINO of the first water, virtually to the point of being an overt Dem, and I wouldn’t vote for him no matter what.

But he has more money than anybody else, and I betcha he’s going to buy the candidacy. Mark my words.


10 posted on 01/09/2010 1:31:36 PM PST by livius
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To: delacoert
Being a Mormon is no problem.

It's the RINO factor and the fact that he is old-style Rockefeller Republican elitist.

This guy is a loser's loser.

That would make him a loser squared: LOSER2.

11 posted on 01/09/2010 1:32:02 PM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: yongin
If Romney gets the nomination, the media will make a big deal about Mormons not allowing blacks to be elders until the 1970s. Also if any news about a LDS cult leader marrying teenage girls makes news, the media will tie the cult leader to Romney.

I daresay you're correct. And it's so ironic, given that anti-Palin folks, who are so often pro-Romney folks, often argue that Palin has been "too damaged" by the media to be electable!

12 posted on 01/09/2010 1:32:35 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: LostInBayport
Has Romney Made Progress with Mormon Factor?
I didn't know Mitt had a prime-time talk show.

He does and my wives love it.

13 posted on 01/09/2010 1:32:38 PM PST by NeoCaveman (Momma beats Obama in 2012, you betcha)
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To: delacoert

From what I have read at this site - posted by Mormons - I would say this problem has grown. Previously I detested him merely for his policy positions, hypocrisy, arrogance and regional bigotry. Now I would add the Mormon business. That White Horse stuff left a big steaming pile of road biscuits for me.

I can think of only two prominent Mormon politicians.

Mitt Romney and Harry Reid.

Not an attractive muster.


14 posted on 01/09/2010 1:33:42 PM PST by Psalm 144 (What did you think NEW WORLD ORDER meant? The Constitution? States' rights? Individual liberty?)
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To: gwilhelm56

His decided lack of firm conservative principles is whats costing him support.


15 posted on 01/09/2010 1:34:12 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: delacoert

You have an intresting about page.

THanks for the insight on your relationship with mormons.


16 posted on 01/09/2010 1:37:11 PM PST by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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To: delacoert
News Analysis: Has Romney Made Progress with Mormon Factor?

Maybe, but he needs to do a LOT more about the RINO factor.

17 posted on 01/09/2010 1:38:19 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Pork Eating CRUSADER - FUBO! Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: delacoert

[Romney has to be considered the clear front-runner for the 2010 GOP nomination. ]

I think the one in 2012 might be a tad more difficult.


18 posted on 01/09/2010 1:40:47 PM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

This article is trying to build up a sympathy vote for Romney, after all it’s his turn and it’s only his religion that’s holding him back. See I’m not prejudiced against his religion, I’ll vote for him —NOT! A vote for Romney is for more and more big government. All the Washington types will love him.


19 posted on 01/09/2010 1:45:02 PM PST by excopconservative
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To: delacoert
Has Romney Made Progress with Mormon Factor?

Hmmmm... things don't look good for him.

Some say that Reid's popularity has plummeted because people recently found out that he is a Mormon.

20 posted on 01/09/2010 2:03:45 PM PST by Col Freeper (FR is a smorgasbord of Conservative thoughts and ideas - dig in and enjoy it to its fullest!)
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To: delacoert

The only religion I’d have a problem with in a candidate is Islam. Governor Romney’s problems stem from his pro-abortion/anti-abortion, anti-gun/pro-gun, big spender/fiscal conservative flip flops and his RomneyCare debacle, not his spiritual beliefs.


21 posted on 01/09/2010 2:04:14 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin: What will you do?)
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To: ASOC; delacoert
You have an intresting "about" page. Thanks for the insight on your relationship with mormons.

ASOC, thank YOU for mentioning that part of delacoert's homepage -- I just read it and agree. Delacoert, I especially like your reflections on your experience dealing with cults. Thank you for writing it and sharing it.

22 posted on 01/09/2010 2:05:28 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: ridesthemiles

TennCare was a flop, HICare is a flop, Mass is unusall only that it took longer than normal for the ‘system’ to crater.

ANY gov’t mandated health care is and always will be a disaster.


23 posted on 01/09/2010 2:12:33 PM PST by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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To: toofast2

Exactomundo! I am a Mormon and don’t want anything to do with the RINO!!!


24 posted on 01/09/2010 2:14:45 PM PST by Enough_Deceit (Proud Mama of a US Marine and a US Soldier Bitterly Hanging On to Her Guns and Religion. Ooorahh!)
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To: delacoert
Mitt should keep the discussion to relevant issues. Acknowledge he is a Mormoon but move on.

If he gets trapped in the discussion he will only reinforce the view, which is a fact, that Mormons believe all other religions before LDS are apostasy beliefs, per Joseph Smith.

There will be news articles ad-nauseum describing their beliefs and how they have built a community that is separate from the rest of us.

He will even be asked about the “More Perfect” religion.

Etc, etc, etc.

Just acknowledge and move on.

25 posted on 01/09/2010 2:17:03 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: delacoert

Forgot to add. They view everyone who is not LDS as “outsiders”.

In fact, they are Mormons and everyone else are Christians.

They are totally and completely seperate, from the Christian faiths.

Mitt is going to be asked about the Holy Trinity and the Mormon trinity is at odds with Christian Trinity.

Mitt is going to be asked if he presumes to one day ascend and become a God, as promised by the Mormon religion.

Mitt will be asked if God is a Jealous God, Thou Shalt have no other God’s before me, etc, etc, etc.

He isn’t going to come up with an answer that doesn’t leave a hole in way too many peoples stomach.


26 posted on 01/09/2010 2:30:06 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Vendome

Now then, friends, since some of you say ‘NO WAY”, let me ask THIS: When you step into the booth in Nov. 2010, IF the prezzy choices are Romney and Odumbo, who gets your vote? Some write-in? Some third party candidate? You gonna stay home and grumble? ANY of those three choices are very likely to put the questionably-eligible, halfbreed, socialist, lying, criminal-appointing, incompetant in our WH for another four years. WE MUST NOT DO THAT. Whomever is on your GOP ticket—vote for him/her. We have GOT to eliminate the RAT threat to our nation, so vote UNITED—and sort out the RINOS later if necessary! —D2BAH


27 posted on 01/09/2010 7:30:25 PM PST by jschwartz
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To: jschwartz

If Obama is on the Ballot and Romney is the other choice, I will do what I almost did until Palin was on her old man’s ticket. I won’t vote and let the cards fall where they may.

The lesser of two evils thing is old. Get me a real conservative.


28 posted on 01/09/2010 8:34:17 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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