Most Utah Mormons believe Mitt Romney's rise to become the likely GOP presidential nominee is a good thing for the LDS Church. But many do not trust the media to cover their faith fairly, according to a new poll released this week.
The study, conducted by Key Research and Brigham Young University's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, is believed to be the first to gauge Mormons' reaction to Romney's barrier-breaking achievement. He is the first Latter-day Saint to clinch the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party.
More than eight in 10 Utah Mormons said they are "very excited" or "somewhat excited" about Romney's feat. Nearly as many (77 percent) said his nomination is a good thing for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; just 2 percent told pollsters it was a negative development.