Entries in Survey (3)


Pew Survey: Majority of Mormons Lean Republican

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith often under the microscope, a new survey to be released Thursday finds that most Mormons feel they are misunderstood, discriminated against and not accepted by Americans as part of mainstream society.

In a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, a majority of Mormons cite misperceptions about their faith, discrimination, and lack of acceptance as the biggest challenges facing them. Two-thirds, or 68 percent, feel they are not viewed as mainstream by society, while six in 10 say that Americans in general are uninformed about the Mormon faith. Nearly half of those polled, about 46 percent, say there is “a lot” of discrimination against their faith, while 54 percent feel that Mormons’ portrayal in television and movies hurts their image.

Evangelical Christians particularly are singled out by Mormons as the group that is unfriendly toward them. In a previous Pew poll, roughly half of evangelical Christians said Mormonism is not a Christian religion, higher than the national average of 32 percent who feel that way.

At the same time, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints express optimism about the future, with 63 percent saying that acceptance of their faith is on the rise.

Amid questions about his faith, one point that Romney has repeatedly made on the campaign trail is that he is a Christian, a sentiment that is echoed in the survey. An overwhelming 97 percent of Mormons describe themselves as Christians.

But the survey finds that a number of Mormon tenets are distinct from other Christian traditions. More than 90 percent of Mormons surveyed said they believe that God and Jesus Christ are separate physical beings, that the Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets, that the president of their church is a prophet of God, and that families can be bound together eternally in Mormon temple ceremonies.

The survey found that the group is highly religious compared with the general public. Of those surveyed, 82 percent say religion is very important in their lives, compared with 56 percent of the general public.

Politically, Mormons are more conservative compared with the general public, the survey finds. Seventy-four percent of Mormons surveyed say they lean toward the Republican party, and 66 percent describe themselves as conservatives, much higher than the national average of 37 percent. That political ideology is reflected in their views of politicians -- 86 percent view Romney favorably and 50 percent hold a positive view of another Mormon candidate, Jon Huntsman. But considerably less, only 22 percent, are supportive of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is also a Mormon.

The survey is the first of its kind published by a non-Mormon group.

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Most Americans Think Toplessness at Certain Beaches is Acceptable

Polka Dot/Jupiterimages(NEW YORK) -- A new beach etiquette survey of approximately 1,100 U.S. travelers by reveals 78 percent of respondents say they're okay with women going topless at beach and resort destinations where the practice is culturally acceptable.

Six percent of those surveyed said “European” sunbathing is acceptable at any beach of pool.

Additional findings from the survey:
- 60 percent of respondents want child-free zones at beaches.
- 72 percent want child-free zones at pools.
- Loud music was ranked as the most annoying beach behavior, followed by intoxication and littering.
- Loud music was also ranked the most annoying practice at pools, followed by chair-hogging.
- 85 percent say it’s a sign of poor etiquette when people get up early at resorts to leave towels and personal belongings on chaises to “save them" even though they don’t plan to use them for hours.
- Respondents say Miami Beach has the worst-behaved beachgoers.  But the worst beachgoers in Miami Beach aren’t Florida residents.  Survey respondents rank tourists from New York and New Jersey as the worst individuals on Miami Beach.
- At a crowded beach, 28 percent of respondents say six feet is the closest acceptable distance between you and a stranger’s blanket.  Another 28 percent say three feet is the closest acceptable distance.
- 34 percent say it’s a violation of proper etiquette for a man to wear a Speedo.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Survey: 1 in 10 Americans Have Driven without Auto Insurance 

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The old defensive driving adage “Watch out for the other guy” appears to be more important than ever considering the results of a new survey, which shows a large percentage of Americans confessing to dangerous driving behaviors, including 10 percent who admit they have driven without auto insurance.

Findings from an online survey about bad driving behavior:

  • Just over 39 percent say they eat or drink behind the wheel.
  • 30 percent say they talk on a cellphone while driving.
  • Almost 10 percent admit to having driven without auto insurance coverage.
  • Nine percent admit to texting while behind the wheel.
  • Just under three percent read or groom themselves (shave, apply makeup) while driving.

The survey involved 1,496 motorists.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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