‘Mormon Land’: Will LDS voters back or buck Trump? Could he chase them away from the GOP?

BYU political science professor Quin Monson discusses the former-president-turned-candidate and the love-hate relationship many have with him.

(Rebecca Blackwell | AP) Former President Donald Trump announces a third run for president as he speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. On "Mormon Land," a BYU political scientist discusses how Latter-day Saints view Trump.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a love-hate relationship of sorts with Donald Trump.

Many in this GOP-leaning faith love, first, that he’s a Republican. Some admire his unconventional approach to politics. Some embrace his positions on economic and social issues.

Many loathe, however, his abrasive personality. Some cringe at his crude comments about women and immigrants. Some detest his unrelenting and unfounded allegations about election fraud.

Now, Trump is seeking a return to the White House. He carried the Latter-day Saint vote before, though by far thinner margins than most recent Republican presidential nominees? But where does Trump stand now with members? Will the love side of their Trump equation again win out over the hate side? Or are Latter-day Saints ready to move on? And could another polarizing Trump run put at risk the GOP’s dominance within this American-born faith?

Quin Monson, a political science professor at church-owned Brigham Young University and a partner at Y2 Analytics, discusses those questions and more.

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