A majority of Mormons say they feel misunderstood, discriminated against and not accepted by other Americans as part of mainstream society, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life.
This comes as two Mormons - Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman - compete for the Republican presidential nomination, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints runs commercial ads about Mormons (above) and a musical play called "The Book of Mormon" gains critical acclaim on Broadway.
The Pew Research Center says it spoke with more than 1,000 Mormons nationwide and calls it the first survey of its kind produced by a non-Mormon organization.
Among the findings, 46 percent of Mormons say there is a lot of discrimination against Mormons in the U.S. and 68 percent say the American people do not see Mormonism as part of mainstream American society. On a more optimistic note, 56 percent of Mormons believe the American people are ready to elect a Mormon president and 63 percent of Mormons think acceptance is on the rise.
Nearly 2 percent of the American population is Mormon.
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