A poll released today by the Public Religion Research Institute indicates that an overwhelming majority of Americans don’t see Fox News personality Glenn Beck as a religious leader.
Beck recent staged his “Restoring Honor” rally on the National Mall in Washington, drawing attention with conservative political and religious themes. Following that turn in the spotlight, Beck registered only at 17 percent popularity of a survey of 1,000 adults last week.
“Beck’s favorability is highest among Republicans (55%), white evangelical Protestants (48%), and Americans 65 and over (37%); but even among those with a favorable opinion of him, less than half (45%) think he is the right person to lead a religious movement,” said Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute.
Many of those surveyed were also unaware of Beck’s allegiance to the Mormon faith. Among Republicans, from where Beck derives his political base, 69 percent stated they thought Mormons had somewhat or very different view of faith than they did.
“The disparity between Glenn Beck’s favorability ratings and how people feel about him as a religious leader suggests that people are more drawn to him for political reasons than religious ones,” said Daniel Cox, Director of Research for Public Religion Research Institute.