When travelling to other states, almost always, the first question people ask me after I tell them I’m from Utah is if I’m mormon. After I tell them that I am in fact not mormon, people usually look extremely surprised. When people think of Utah, they usually picture that almost everybody is LDS and that we see missionaries in white oxford shirts with a Book of Mormon in their front pocket on a day to day basis. While there are an extremely high number of mormons in Utah, we have been seeing more diversity over the last couple years.
According to Sperling’s Best Places, about 82% of Utahns are religious and of that 82%, 72% are mormon. Most mormons are extremely conservative, but there are arguments that Utah is actually becoming more liberal. In an article titled Utah: Very Republican, but Not Quite as Conservative as It Appears, they say “Salt Lake City has become more diverse, and Salt Lake County is now a swing county in some elections. Liberal pockets can be found, of all places, right around the L.D.S. headquarters in Salt Lake City, where many professional, non-Mormon migrants have settled. To the east, Park City, home to the Sundance Film Festival, is also fairly liberal.” Our mormon majority has began to shrink over the last couple years as well, giving way to a slight shift in political views.
Personally, I have definitely noticed a shift. Most of my friends are liberal and even some of my mormon friends are liberal as well. While the vast majority of Utah is still mormon and conservative, the demographics are beginning to become a little more diverse. With more out of state people moving into Utah, specifically Salt Lake City, it should be interesting to see how our political views change over the next decade or so, especially after our most recent presidency.Tags: Politics religion