Take a look at Religious Discrimination 101, a post at Get Religion (the most readable site about religion on the Net). It discusses a Washington Post article reporting recent survey results about the way college professors think about their students. In one study, "53 percent of its sample of 1,200 college and university faculty members said they have 'unfavorable' feelings toward evangelical Christians." My, that's only a little bit higher than the percentage of Evangelical Christians who report having "unfavorable" feelings about Mormons. I guess what goes around, comes around.
Here's a paragraph from the GR post that provides the "unfavorable" percentage for other religious groups:
The only groups with significantly negative responses were Christians and Muslims. A full third of faculty had negative views toward Mormons, with 22 percent reporting unfavorable views toward Muslims, 18 percent with negative feelings toward atheists, 13 percent with negative feelings toward Roman Catholics, 10 percent with negative feelings toward the non-religious, nine percent with negative feelings toward non-evangelical Christians and four percent reporting negative views toward Buddhists.
There's a blatant typo in that quote: The WaPo article actually said the only groups with significantly negative responses were Christians and Mormons.
So Mormons have spent most of the last 100 years trying to be good citizens, serving in the armed forces, getting appointed and elected to national office, and they are viewed more negatively by the present American professoriat than Muslims, whose loudest and most visible adherents are dedicated to blowing up American buildings and soldiers? On what basis are these surveyed professors forming their opinions? It's hard to think of objective criteria for the results, which is ironic given that a professor quoted in the article explains that it is "opposition to scientific objectivity" on the part of Evangelicals that justifies the negative views professors have of them. Is this an example of projection or merely hypocrisy?
The negative view of LDS students seems especially galling given how seriously most LDS students take their education and how well represented Mormons are in many of the finest graduate programs. I resent being lumped in with the Evangelicals — who, 150 years after Darwin, still can't come to grips with evolution and modern science — for unfavorable treatment (can anyone doubt this deep animus extends to grading?). The above-mentioned professor blames Evangelicals for their own unpopularity in the eyes of professors, explaining it's because Evangelicals are too Republican and too religious (the obvious attitude lurking behind his charge that Evangelicals manifest "opposition to scientific objectivity"). Mormons score high on the Republican meter and, given the enduring affection of the CES (which runs the LDS Institutes adjacent to most campuses) for the anti-evolution rhetoric of Joseph Fielding Smith and his son-in-law Bruce R. McConkie, probably look like closet Creationists to some professors. So it is understandable if some professors think Mormons are no different than Evangelicals. But still unfair.