56% of Mormons think America’s ready for Mormon president

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A new survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life titled "Mormons in America: Certain in Their Beliefs but Uncertain of Their Place in Society" reveals a lot about the religious group that comprises less than two percent of the U.S. population: namely, that they feel largely misunderstood by their fellow Americans.

Polling 1,019 Mormons nationwide, Pew asked a host of questions to adherents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), capitalizing on what some media outlets have dubbed a "Mormon Moment." I mean, let's face it: Willard "Mitt" Romney is staring down the barrel of the GOP presidential nomination, and, in the end, it will all come down to his Bain Capital years and his Mormonism.

According to the survey, 56% of Mormons say the U.S. is ready for a Mormon president, and a full 86% view Mitt Romney favorably. (As opposed to 50% viewing fellow Mormon Jon Huntsman, Jr. that way). Interestingly, 86% of Mormons say polygamy is morally wrong, and most likely weren't Big Love fans.

Also noteworthy was the fact that 97% of Mormons considered themselves to be Christians, where a November Pew survey of the general public revealed that only 51% of Americans agree with that assessment, with many labeling the LDS Church a "cult." That's a pretty significant disparity. Apparently, people are still having trouble with the whole "mysterious book written on golden plates, buried in a hillside" thing. And then there's the underwear thing. And the whole "Jesus ruling from Missouri after The Second Coming." The list goes on.

Hopefully, the election will be based on jobs and the economy (widely cited in polls as the most pressing issues facing the country), not religion. Mitt Romney will be probably be less concerned with anti-Mormon sentiment than with the fallout from the new book, The Real Romney, the damning short film, When Mitt Romney Came to Town, and President Obama's pre-emptive government-shrinkage gambit, announced today.