State of Utah Supports Better Air Quality, Death Penalty, Medical Marijuana, and Helping the Homeless, Opposes Paying for Computers in Classrooms, Split on Decision to Cut Funding to Planned Parenthood
Utah Mormons by 4:1 support the LDS church’s new policy that labels same-sex Mormon couples as “apostates,” according to SurveyUSA statewide research conducted for the Salt Lake Tribune and the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Non-Mormons oppose the new “apostate” policy by 4:1. Mormons support by 7:2 the church’s new policy that bars children of same-sex couples from baptism until age 18. Non-Mormons oppose 4:1.
Utah is divided on the Governor’s decision to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood: 44% approve of the decision, 46% disapprove.
Among the survey’s other key findings, Utah …
* Overwhelmingly supports the death penalty in capital cases.
* By 2:1 favors legalizing medical marijuana.
* Narrowly supports the state suing the federal government to transfer control of public lands.
* Splits on whether the jail sentence for Phil Lyman was too harsh or too lenient.
* Splits on whether Medicaid should cover an additional 125,000 uninsured low-income residents.
* Wants liquor sales to be controlled by the private sector.
* Is conflicted about whether to build a pipeline from Lake Powell to Washington County.
* Thinks the state should not have to pay for every student to have a computer in the classroom.
How are Utah’s leaders perceived …
* Utah Governor Gary Herbert has a Plus 28 Net Job Approval: 55% of Utah voters approve of the job Herbert is doing, 27% disapprove.
* Utah Senator Mike Lee has a Plus 8 Net Job approval: 45% of voters approve of the job Lee is doing, 37% disapprove.
* The Utah Legislature has a Minus 4 Net Job approval: 39% of voters approve of the job the legislature is doing, 43% disapprove.
Looking Ahead to Utah’s 2016 Presidential Caucuses …
4 Republicans effectively tie for the affection of Utah’s Republicans. Ted Cruz is backed by 18% of likely GOP caucus goers, Donald Trump is backed by 17%, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson are both backed by 15%.
Hillary Clinton narrowly leads Bernie Sanders, 50% to 40%, among likely Democratic caucus goers.
SurveyUSA interviewed 1,200 adults from the state of Utah 01/06/16 through 01/13/16. Of the adults, 989 were registered to vote in the state of Utah, and were asked the majority of the questions in this survey. Of the 989 registered voters, 414 tell SurveyUSA they are certain to caucus as a Republican, 191 are certain to caucus as a Democrat. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed-mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.
This research was commissioned in part by the Salt Lake Tribune, the future of which is uncertain. 35% of Utahns say they would like the newspaper sold to a Utahn. 34% say they would like the newspaper to continue to operate as is. 9% say they would like the newspaper sold to a newspaper chain. 7% say they would like the newspaper to be shut down.