Residents of the Mitt Romney stronghold of Utah believe their state is headed for a better future, but fear the country is moving in the wrong direction, a new poll released today reveals.
The canvass of 625 likely voters – conducted for the Salt Lake Tribune
by Mason Dixon Polling and Research – shows a whopping 79 percent believe Utah is on the right track.
In a breakdown of that figure by political party: 93 percent of Republicans hold that view, followed by 81 percent of independents and 39 percent of Democrats.
As to the future of the country, 72 percent of respondents believe America is headed in the wrong direction. By political party, that’s 97 percent of Republicans, 68 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats.
The poll, conducted from October 29-31, shows the deep partisan divides that correlate with the state’s huge opposition to President Barack Obama and its support of GOP Gov. Gary Herbert.
"One tends to follow the other," pollster Brad Coker told the Tribune. "Utah is a conservative Republican state. The country right now has a Democratic, more liberal leadership, so people feel more comfortable about what is going on in Utah."
Val Judd, a conservative independent retiree from Alpine, told the newspaper: “Obama is screwing up. In fact, I can’t think of one good decision he’s made unless it was to shoot Osama bin Laden . . . Utah is headed in the right direction, but that is not because of Obama, that is because of the leadership in this state.’’
The Tribune also asked Utah residents what issue would most influence their vote.
The economy and jobs was the top issue with 46 percent, followed by taxes, government spending and balancing the budget, which received 19 percent. Reducing the national debt took 11 percent, while education drew 7 percent, and healthcare only 6 percent.
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