Results

Thank you for your interest in the Mormon Gender Issues Survey. For an overview of the study, please see the report below. You can also read several of the book chapters that stem from the study linked below

We would like to point out that we view this study as a “next step” in research on gender issues in the LDS Church. The key question we are interested in is, “How do opinions regarding women’s ordination change if the question is framed in an LDS context?” It is not, “What percent of LDS churchgoers support women’s ordination?” Although that is an interesting question, our data do not allow us to answer the latter question.

It is also important to note that our findings are internal to the data set. That is, asking the same people two different questions yields two very different responses. We found this pattern using two different data sets, bolstering confidence that the finding is not a quirk of the individuals involved. This is important considering that previous research asked the question without recognizing the importance of leaders’ role in seeking revelation, and the hierarchical nature of LDS culture.

The largest group of respondents to our survey are active LDS churchgoers living in Utah. In the peer-reviewed article to be published in Mental Health, Religion & Culture, we included only people who identify as LDS Church members. Any respondents who said that they left the LDS Church were excluded from that report.

We invite you to read our report and the publications that have resulted from this project. We also invite people to do additional research on this topic. Answering one question opens the door to many other questions.

  • Beal, Brent D. et al. 2015. The Mormon Gender Issues Survey: Research Summary. The Mormon Gender Issues Survey Group. (available here)
  • Beal, Brent D., Heather K. Olson Beal, and S. Matthew Stearmer. 2015. “An Insider Account of the Mormon Gender Issues Survey: Why We Did It and Why a Vocal Minority Hated It.” Pp. 277–296 in Voices for Equality: Ordain Women and Resurgent Feminism, edited by G. Shepherd, L. F. Anderson, and G. Shepherd. Draper, UT: Greg Kofford Books.
  • Ross, Nancy, Jessica Finnigan, Heather K. Olson Beal, Kristy Money, Amber Choruby Whiteley, and Caitlin Carroll. 2015. “Finding the Middle Ground: Negotiating Mormonism and Gender.” Pp. 319–334 in Voices for Equality: Ordain Women and Resurgent Feminism, edited by G. Shepherd, L. F. Anderson, and G. Shepherd. Draper, UT: Greg Kofford Books.
  • Cragun, Ryan T. and Michael Nielsen. 2015. “The Mormon Gender Issues Survey: A Quantitative Analysis of U.S. Respondents.” Pp. 297–318 in Voices for Equality: Ordain Women and Resurgent Feminism, edited by G. Shepherd, L. F. Anderson, and G. Shepherd. Draper, UT: Greg Kofford Books. (available here)
  • Sumerau, J. and Ryan T. Cragun. 2015. “Trans-Forming Mormonism: Transgender Perspectives on Priesthood Ordination and Gender.” Pp. 117–36 in Voices for Equality: Ordain Women and Resurgent Feminism, edited by G. Shepherd, L. F. Anderson, and G. Shepherd. Draper, UT: Greg Kofford Books. (available here)
  • Sumerau, J. Edward, Ryan T. Cragun, and Lain A. B. Mathers. forthcoming. “Contemporary Religion and the Cisgendering of Reality.” Social Currents. (available here)
  • Cragun, R. T., Merino, S. M., Stearmer, S. M., Nielsen, M. E., Beal, B. D., & Jones, B. forthcoming. Predictors of opposition to and support for the ordination of women: Insights from the LDS Church. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture.

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