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date: 23 May 2022

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This chapter explores the social differences between members of the Latter-day Saint Church and the larger US population in educational attainment, frequency of church attendance, political orientation, and conservative positions on family-related issues. In some areas the gaps between Mormons and the nation are increasing, and none of the differences between the LDS and the nation appear to be converging. Nationally, education has a negative or weak relationship with social characteristics like church attendance, political conservatism, single marriage, and large ideal family size, and strong negative relationship between education and conservative family values. By contrast, for Mormons, education has a positive relationship with the other factors, and the relationship between education and church attendance is quite strong. Among Mormons, education and church attendance reinforce each other and promote political and familial conservatism. Mormonism has a religiously active, educated core that tends to be conservative in the political and family spheres.

Keywords: social characteristics, political attitudes, social issues, conservative, education, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

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