November 12, 2007

Mixed Views of both Mormon and Muslim Faiths

53%

Slightly more than half of the U.S. public (53%) say they have a favorable opinion of both Mormons and Muslim Americans, although most say they know little or nothing about either faith.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that overall evaluations of Mormons and Muslim Americans are on balance positive — 53% say they have a favorable opinion of Mormons, while an identical percentage views Muslim Americans favorably. However, most Americans say they know little or nothing about either religion’s practices, and most believe that their own religion has little in common with either Islam or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Fully 70% say that their religion is very different from Islam (up from 59% in 2005), while 62% say this about the Mormon religion. As in past surveys, more people have a positive impression of “Muslim Americans” (53%) than of “Muslims” (43%). Read More