Mormons hearing the same old story

Newsflash! Mormons are misunderstood and unliked.

Recently, it was announced that most Americans don't understand what a Mormon is — and, ohmyheck — have an "unfavorable view" of Mormons.

That revelation — ahem, so to speak — was made by a national pollster last week in Salt Lake City.

Memo to pollster: This was news — about 180 years ago.

Get back to us when there's a new development.

Well, maybe you'd expect something had changed since then due to, oh, thousands of missionaries, Donny and Marie, Mitt Romney, Steve Young, LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley on "60 Minutes," the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, numerous disaster relief efforts, TV ads, etc.

And yet public opinion pollster Gary Lawrence said 67 percent of Americans don't know if Mormons believe in the Bible; 77 percent don't know if Mormons are Christians; 75 percent believe Mormons practice polygamy.

In other words, it's the same old story.

Mormons feel about as understood as a teenage girl.

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