A new poll finds that Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee is in a strong position to be nominated for another term in office, reports three conservative political groups who are backing his campaign.
The poll, conducted by Basswood Research
, shows that Lee is carrying a 65-point favorability rating among his state's Republicans, with 76 percent having a favorable opinion of him and just 11 percent having an unfavorable opinion.
GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah's senior senator, is also enjoying comparable ratings, with 72 percent favorable and 23 percent unfavorable, for a 49-point rating.
Hatch won his primary in 2012 with a 66 percent to 34 percent rating, points out the Club for Growth PAC, Senate Conservatives Fund, and Madison Project, all of whom are backing Lee and who released the poll results Monday.
They noted that Lee's stronger rating indicates he's in a strong position among GOP voters.
"Senator Mike Lee is a champion for pro-growth policies, so it's no wonder he looks likely to cruise to the Republican nomination," said outgoing Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. "Whether it's a convention or a primary, it's clear that Republican voters love Mike Lee and think he deserves another six years."
Lee's marks were also high through all the segments of GOP voters, with people who identify as "very conservative" view him favorably at 87 percent versus 4 percent unfavorably, and "somewhat conservative" voters at 75 percent-10 percent. Moderate voters, the smallest segment in the conservative state, view Lee by a 53-27 percent ratio.
Most of the voters, at 71 percent, said they approve of the job Lee is doing, and 72 percent say he's doing a good job "being a good role model" for Utah residents. Lee is up for re-election in 2016.
The poll surveyed 600 Utah Republicans and carried a margin of error of plus or minus four points, and had a 95 percent confidence interval.
Newly appointed Club for Growth President David McIntosh called Lee a "principled fighter for Utah taxpayers," which is why they approve of him.
And if Republican establishment leaders want to defeat Lee, "they have their work cut out for them," commented Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli.
Drew Ryun, the Madison Project political director, said that voters approve of Lee because he governs in the same way he campaigned.
"Lee vowed to oppose the status quo in Washington, D.C., and to fight for the people of Utah and he's doing just that," said Ryun. "His unwavering dedication to defund Obamacare, and reduce wasteful government spending has clearly resonated with the voters."
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