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Mormons say they face more bias than blacks

Members of the LDS Church say they are discriminated against more than black Americans, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Nearly half of the respondents to the survey said they face discrimination on a regular basis while less than a third of participants said blacks are subject to equal or greater discrimination.

When asked to describe the discrimination that Mormons face today, 56 percent cited misperceptions about their faith and the lack of acceptance in American society.

However, most Mormons, about 63 percent, believe acceptance of their faith is growing and 56 percent believe the nation is ready for a Mormon president.

The survey confirmed the conventional wisdom that Mormons are more conservative on social issues and found that 65 percent say homosexuality should be discouraged by society. Among the general population, a majority, 58 percent, believe that homosexuality should be accepted and only 33 percent say it should be discouraged.

The Pew Center surveyed 1,019 members of the Mormon faith and reported their findings in the most comprehensive survey about Mormons and their beliefs to be published. Mormons make up about 2 percent of U.S. population according to the Pew Forum’s 2007 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey.

The survey was taken between Oct. 25 and Nov. 16, 2011. Interviews were conducted with respondents who currently describe their religion as “Mormon” and live in the United States.

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