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TheLDSChurchinUtahPolitics

SurveysofStakePresidents,Bishops,andActiveMembers

ResearchInformationDivision
September2014

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StudyBackground

InApril2014,RIDinvitedlocalleadersand
activeLDSadultsinUtahtoparticipateina
websurvey.
Respondents:
ActivemembersinUtah(n=424)
BishopsinUtah(n=244)
StakepresidentsinUtah(n=226)

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Outline

StudyBackground
SurveyFindingsabout:
PerceivedinfluenceoftheLDSChurchinUtah
politics

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"TheChurchshould haveastronginfluencein
theStateofUtah"
StronglyAgree Agree NeitherAgreenorDisagree Disagree StronglyDisagree

StakePresidents 41% 46% 9% 5%

Bishops 27% 49% 16% 6%

ActiveMembers 18% 36% 27% 15% 4%

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TheChurchcurrentlyhasastronginfluence
withintheStateofUtah.
StronglyAgree Agree NeitherAgreenorDisagree Disagree StronglyDisagree

StakePresidents 26% 56% 11% 5%

Bishops 24% 53% 18% 5%

3%
ActiveMembers 19% 51% 19% 9%

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TheChurchistooinvolvedinUtahPolitics.
StronglyDisagree Disagree NeitherAgreenorDisagree Agree StronglyAgree

StakePresidents 41% 46% 11%

Bishops 26% 47% 24% 4%

ActiveMembers 21% 50% 23% 5%

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"Inthelastfiveyears,wouldyousaytheinfluence
oftheChurchonUtahpoliticsis..."
Increasing AbouttheSame Decreasing

StakePresidents 23% 45% 32%

Bishops 13% 52% 36%

ActiveMembers 19% 53% 28%

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Outline
StudyBackground
SurveyFindingsabout:
PerceivedinfluenceoftheLDSChurchinUtah
politics
PerceivedresponseofUtahStateLegislatureto
variousstakeholders,includingtheLDSChurch

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Inmakingpoliciesandlaws,theUtahState
Legislaturetakesintoaccounttheviewsof...
StakePresidents
StronglyAgree Agree NeitherAgreenorDisagree Disagree StronglyDisagree

TheHospitality/Tourismindusty 13% 66% 19%


2%
Theirconstituents 11% 59% 17% 11%
Teachers/Educators 15% 54% 24% 5%
TheLDSChurch 7% 56% 29% 8%
Minorities 6% 51% 36% 6%
Newsmedia/Editorialwriters 7% 45% 39% 8%
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Inmakingpoliciesandlaws,theUtahState
Legislaturetakesintoaccounttheviewsof...
Bishops
StronglyAgree Agree NeitherAgreenorDisagree Disagree StronglyDisagree

Theirconstituents 8% 61% 24% 7%

TheHospitality/Tourismindusty 8% 58% 32% 2%

Teachers/Educators 5% 49% 37% 6%

TheLDSChurch 2% 52% 37% 7%

Newsmedia/Editorialwriters 5% 32% 51% 10%

Minorities 4% 32% 50% 11%


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Inmakingpoliciesandlaws,theUtahState
Legislaturetakesintoaccounttheviewsof...
ActiveLDSMembers
StronglyAgree Agree NeitherAgreenorDisagree Disagree StronglyDisagree

TheHospitality/Tourismindusty 10% 66% 21% 2%


Theirconstituents 9% 55% 24% 10%
Teachers/Educators 9% 52% 24% 13%
Minorities 8% 44% 35% 12%

Newsmedia/Editorialwriters 8% 42% 37% 11%


TheLDSChurch 6% 38% 39% 13%
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Outline

StudyBackground
SurveyFindingsabout:
PerceivedinfluenceoftheLDSChurchinUtah
politics
PerceivedresponseofUtahStateLegislatureto
variousstakeholders,includingtheLDSChurch
AwarenessofLDSChurchmessagesandmaterials
regardingUtahsalcohollaws

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HaveyouseenanymessagesfromtheChurch
regardingitspositiononUtah'salcohollaws?
Yes No

StakePresidents 76% 24%

Bishops 21% 79%

ActiveMembers 21% 79%

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[OfthosewhohaveseenanyChurchmessage:] Have
youseenavideofeaturingoneoftheApostles
regardingUtahsalcohollaws?
Yes NotSure No

StakePresidents 13% 19% 69%

Bishops 36% 18% 46%

ActiveMembers 37% 13% 50%

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Intermsofeconomicimpactonthestate,doyou
thinkthatUtahsalcohollawshavea...
Positiveeffect Somewhatpositiveeffect Don'tknow/NoOpinion Somewhatnegativeeffect Negativeeffect

Bishops 12% 20% 32% 30% 5%

ActiveMembers 17% 20% 30% 28% 7%

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IsupporttheChurchinmaintainingUtahs
currentalcohollaws.
StronglyAgree Agree NeitherAgreenorDisagree Disagree StronglyDisagree

2%
StakePresidents 58% 32% 9%

Bishops 35% 44% 18% 3%

ActiveMembers 34% 42% 17% 5%2%

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PreservingUtahscurrentalcohollawsis
importanttome.
StronglyAgree Agree NeitherAgreenorDisagree Disagree StronglyDisagree

StakePresidents 48% 36% 13% 3%

Bishops 25% 39% 30% 4%

ActiveMembers 31% 38% 22% 8%


2%

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Utahsalcohollawsimprovepublicsafety
withinthestate.
StronglyAgree Agree NeitherAgreenorDisagree Disagree StronglyDisagree

StakePresidents 48% 37% 12% 3%

Bishops 31% 43% 23% 3%

ActiveMembers 31% 43% 18% 6%

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Utahsalcohollawsbenefitthereputationof
thestate.
StronglyAgree Agree NeitherAgreenorDisagree Disagree StronglyDisagree

2%
StakePresidents 32% 30% 27% 8%

Bishops 20% 34% 32% 13% 1%

ActiveMembers 20% 40% 26% 11% 3%

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Summary
PerceivedInfluenceoftheChurch
1. AboutthesamepercentagesofUtahstakepresidents
andbishopswhoagreed thattheChurchhasastrong
influenceinUtahalsoagreed thattheChurchshould
haveastronginfluenceinUtah.Howeverforactive
adults,70%agreed thattheChurchcurrentlyhasa
stronginfluencebutonly54%agreed thattheChurch
should haveastronginfluence.

2. HighpercentagesofUtahstakepresidents(87%),
bishops(73%),andactiveadults(71%)disagreed that
theChurchistooinvolvedinUtahpolitics.Only2%to
6%agreed.
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Summary
PerceivedInfluenceoftheChurch(continued)
3. Roughly1/2ofUtahstakepresidents,bishops,andactive
adultssaytheinfluenceoftheChurchinUtahpoliticsis
aboutthesameoverthelast5years,another1/3sayit
isdecreasing,andabout1/5sayitisincreasing.
PerceptionsoftheUtahStateLegislature
4. Utahstakepresidents,bishops,andactiveadultsagreed
thattheUtahStateLegislaturetakesintoaccountthe
viewsofthehospitality/tourismindustry,their
constituents,andteachers/educatorsthemost.They
agreed thatthelegislaturetakeintoaccounttheviewsof
theLDSChurch,newsmedial/editorialwriters,and
minoritiestheleast.
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Summary
AwarenessofChurchMessagesaboutUtahAlcoholLaws
5. AhighpercentageofUtahstakepresidents(76%)have
seenamessage(s)fromtheChurchregardingits
positiononUtahsalcohollaws.Asignificantlylower
percentageofUtahbishops(21%)andactiveadults
(21%)sawaChurchmessage(s)onthistopic!

6. Conversely,ofthe76%ofUtahstakepresidentswho
sawamessage(s),only13%saidtheysawavideo
featuringoneoftheApostles!Slightlyover1/3ofUtah
bishopsandactiveadultssaidtheysawavideo
featuringanApostle.

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Summary
Awarenessof Church Messages(continued)
7. Roughly1/3ofUtahbishopsandactiveadultsthinkthat
Utahsalcohollawshaveapositiveeconomicimpacton
Utah,another1/3thinktheyhaveanegativeeconomic
impact,andthefinal1/3saytheydontknow.

8. HighpercentagesofUtahstakepresidents,bishops,and
activeadultsagreed thattheysupporttheChurchin
maintainingUtahscurrentalcohollaws(75%to90%),
thatpreservingUtahsalcohollawsisimportanttothem
(70%to82%),andthatUtahsalcohollawsimprovepublic
safetywithinthestate(74%to85%).Butalower
percentageagreed thatUtahsalcohollawsbenefitthe
reputationofthestate(54%to62%).
Source:ResearchInformationDivision,Spring2014PAC&LTCSurvey.2014byIRI.Allrightsreserved.