Mormons strongly dislike President Obama.
That fact is not terribly surprising in itself, but the numbers are eye-popping.
Yesterday the Gallup organization released the results of its latest religion survey, which broke down Obama’s approval and disapproval ratings, religion by religion:
Mormons’ disapproval rating is a full 20 points higher than that of any other religious group, and our 18% approval rating is less than half of the 43% of all Americans who gave the President a thumbs-up in the same time period.
Mormons’ approval is also significantly below the 25% approval rating Obama garnered among Mormons from 2009 through the end of 2013, though our seven-point drop wasn’t all that different than the five, six, and seven-point drops other religious groups registered.
Bottom line: People of many different religions have cooled in their affection for Obama, but Mormons hate him most of all, with more than three-quarters expressing active disapproval.
Now, these results would have skewed slightly differently if Gallup had not strangely decided to toss all Protestants together instead of breaking out separate groups of mainline Protestants and evangelicals. A United Church of Christ member in Massachusetts isn’t likely to share much common political ground with a Southern Baptist in Alabama, but the survey lumps them together anyway.
But even with that “strange bedfellows” issue in the survey, the gap between Mormons’ dislike of President Obama and other Christians’ is stark.
I, for one, an among the eighteen percent. Obama has been far from perfect, but his commitment to universal health care, civil rights, and putting our economy back on track after inheriting one of the worst recessions in history have given him high marks in my book.