Mormon Millennials Becoming More Republican

Somehow I missed that UVU (just a few blocks from work) was having a religious liberty symposium this week and a Mormon studies conference. The symposium included some big names like columnist Ross Douthat. Alas work would have kept me from going anyway. But I am sad to miss it as some of the talks sounded quite interesting.

I really need to make it more of a point to get out to some of these things – especially when they are so close by. 

On of the papers that interested me the most was one by David Campbell and Quin Monson on changes among millennial Mormons. According to the Daily Herald this young generation of Mormons is bucking national trends by becoming more not less Republican. In this I think it follows trends for Mormons overall who have surprisingly been becoming more Republican. So Pew recently had Mormons going from 65% R to 71% R even though political ideology remains unchanged. I’d note that Mormon Republicans do seem to differ in many key ways from the stereotype of Repbulicans in the press.

Data I wish I had that I’m sure is out there somewhere is how Mormon millennials compare to national people of their age along many trajectories. It seems clear that the national shift with each generation towards the Nones is affecting Mormons as well. Yet in many ways young Mormons in their 20s seem to buck trends – especially among educated Mormons. So, for instance, of college students who self-identify as religious 8.1% were Mormon. This means Mormons made up 2.6% of students well above the 1.6 – 2% most polls place us at nationally.

3 thoughts on “Mormon Millennials Becoming More Republican”

  1. I find this both surprising and sad, considering how extremist and how irrational the GOP has become. It suggests that Mormon young people are not very well informed on the issues. But at least they come by this honestly. Their parents, by and large, are similarly uninterested in understanding economics, climate science, education, the nature of corporate capitalism, environmental devastation, and any number of issues beyond their narrow interest in abortion and same-sex marriage.

    1. I think it erroneous to assume that because someone votes for a party they agree with everyone in that party. There seem some clear differences between say typical Mormon views and the tea party or Trump parts of the party. Picking a party often involves what one thinks is most important and the like. I also think those on the left are far too quick to dismiss conservative criticisms. While populist movements with little wonkish inclination are sadly dominating the GOP right now that wasn’t always the case. Further there is still a big intellectual conservative movement out there. You might disagree with them, but I don’t think one can so easily dismiss their arguments.

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