Poll: Two-thirds of Latter-day Saints voted Republican, but fewer approve of Trump

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Research published by the Associated Press shows a majority of Latter-day Saints nationwide voted Republican in the midterms, but only a little more than half approve of President Trump’s job in office. 

The research, published by The Associated Press and the University of Chicago, surveyed 1,528 Mormon voters using numbers from VoteCast, which surveyed voters around the nation. The Associated Press reports 56 percent of Mormons approve of Trump, where 67 percent of members of the faith voted Republican nationwide. 

Analysts in Salt Lake City said Trump is having trouble gaining support from members of the faith, one of the most conservative in the nation. 

“They’re in the voting booth and they have heard [Trump] say derogatory things about women and things like ‘We need to build a big beautiful wall,’ and that’s hard for them,” said Matt Lusty, managing partner of political analysis group Election Hive. 

Lusty said Trump’s morality is different from the morals espoused by members of the LDS faith, who Lusty said are having a “crisis” in this political moment fraught with division and and discord, even among the GOP, surrounding Trump and his at times bombastic rhetoric. 

Analysts believe this “crisis” could translate into a change of the political landscape, particularly in Utah, as voters become more polarized. 

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