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I recently reported on the Results of Large Survey of Church Members and Former Members conducted by the B.H. Roberts Foundation.

I just became aware of a study the foundation conducted in 2022. The survey asked the general population of the United States about their attitudes, knowledge, and beliefs about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Below is a summary of some of the key findings:

Perceptions of Latter-day Saints

  • Most people know very little about Latter-day Saints.
    • Only 34% of respondents correctly answered that Latter-day Saints cannot live with more than
      one wife.
    • 15% incorrectly answered that Latter-day Saints cannot eat chocolate.
    • 23% incorrectly answered that Latter-day Saints cannot have blood transfusions.
  • People who have a college degree or know a member personally know a lot more about the Church.
  • People who don’t like members don’t know a lot about the Church.
  • Most people don’t have strong feelings about the Church or its members one way or the other.
  • Evangelical Protestants like the Church and its members more, but are less willing to identify Latter-day Saints as Christians. On the other hand, those who do not associate with a faith are less favorable towards the Church and its members but are more willing to identify Latter-day Saints as Christians.

Beliefs

  • Christians who believe in an afterlife generally believe they will be with their family in the afterlife.
  • A lot of Christians believe in eternal marriage.
  • Some Christians believe they can become like God.
  • Some Christians believe in the possibility of modern-day prophets.
  • Some non-religious people also hold some beliefs shared by Latter-day Saints.
    • 15% believe that Jesus is their Savior.
    • 30% believe in an afterlife.
    • 24% believe that they will be with their family in the afterlife.
    • 7% believe that “humans can eventually become like God in the afterlife.”
    • 11% agree that “there can be a prophet like Moses today.”

Read the results of the survey. See more infographics about the results of the study.

The B.H. Roberts Foundation is an independent organization not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.