Fewer than one in five Americans (17 percent) believe Beck is the right person to helm a religious movement, according to a PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll released Thursday (Sept. 16) by Public Religion Research Institute and Religion News Service.
Half of respondents say he's the wrong person; the rest either don't know or declined to answer.
Beck was only correctly identified as a Mormon by 17 percent of respondents â€” the same number who think he is either Protestant or Catholic.
This confusion may work to Beck's advantage as an aspiring religious leader, however, since the poll also found that two-thirds of respondent think Mormons have beliefs different from their own, including 41 percent who consider them "very different."
"Perceptions of the Mormon religion have a strong impact on views of Glenn Beck, but only among the relatively small contingent who are aware of his religious affiliation," said Daniel Cox, director of research for PRRI, a nonpartisan research firm in Washington.