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Republican hold on Mormon voters slips with Trump as nominee

  • A man walks past the Salt Lake Temple,  a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at Temple Square, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Pew Research Center survey found that just under half of Mormon registered voters, 48 percent, describe themselves as Republican this year. That's down from 61 percent four years ago when Mitt Romney was the party's presidential nominee. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    A man walks past the Salt Lake Temple, a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at Temple Square, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Pew Research Center survey found that just under half of Mormon registered voters, 48 percent, describe themselves as Republican this year. That's down from 61 percent four years ago when Mitt Romney was the party's presidential nominee. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Crystal Young-Otterstrom, vice chair of the LDS Democrats of America, stands in front of the Salt Lake Temple, a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at Temple Square, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Pew Research Center survey found that just under half of Mormon registered voters, 48 percent, describe themselves as Republican this year. That's down from 61 percent four years ago when Mitt Romney was the party's presidential nominee. (AP Photo/Brady McCombs)

    Crystal Young-Otterstrom, vice chair of the LDS Democrats of America, stands in front of the Salt Lake Temple, a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at Temple Square, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Pew Research Center survey found that just under half of Mormon registered voters, 48 percent, describe themselves as Republican this year. That's down from 61 percent four years ago when Mitt Romney was the party's presidential nominee. (AP Photo/Brady McCombs)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This March 3, 2016, file photo, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney weighs in on the Republican presidential race during a speech at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City. The Pew Research Center survey found that just under half of Mormon registered voters, 48 percent, describe themselves as Republican this year. That's down from 61 percent four years ago when Romney was the party's presidential nominee. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

    FILE - This March 3, 2016, file photo, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney weighs in on the Republican presidential race during a speech at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City. The Pew Research Center survey found that just under half of Mormon registered voters, 48 percent, describe themselves as Republican this year. That's down from 61 percent four years ago when Romney was the party's presidential nominee. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)  (The Associated Press)

A new survey shows the Republican hold on Mormon voters has slipped significantly with Donald Trump as the party's presidential nominee.

The Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday found that 48 percent of Mormon registered voters now describe themselves as Republican — down from 61 percent four years ago when Mitt Romney, a Mormon himself, was the party's presidential nominee.

The survey shows that most of the former Republicans now consider themselves independent.

It also indicates that 13 percent of Mormons surveyed are Democrats — down slightly from 14 percent four years ago.

A similar shift has occurred among the top 15 leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Public records show that six are now registered Republican while nine are unaffiliated with any party.