PHOENIX (September 1st, 2021)- Utah Republicans are not happy with the man who is currently the state’s junior senator and their party’s former presidential nominee. According to a recent survey by OH Predictive Insights (OHPI), two-fifths (44%) of Utah Republicans say there is no room in the party for Mitt Romney, while 42% believe there is room for him. Utah Republicans are much more accepting of former president Donald Trump – 58% say Trump has a home in the party, while 29% do not.
This data was taken from OHPI’s Utah Public Opinion Pulse (UTPOP) – a statewide survey of Utah residents and registered voters that provides regular updates on the moods, perceptions, and opinions of Utahns on hot topics facing the state. This UTPOP was conducted August 2nd – August 8th, 2021 and surveyed 680 registered voters in the state, with a MoE of +/- 3.76%. Among these voters, 337 were registered Republicans, giving that sample a MoE of +/- 5.34%.
Mitt Romney is not too popular among Republicans in the Beehive State. The survey found that two-thirds (63%) of Republican voters in Utah would rather see a Republican other than Romney as their US Senator. Only 35% prefer their current junior senator.
“In the 2012 Presidential election, Mitt Romney earned the largest share of the vote in Utah of any Republican presidential candidate since Reagan in 1984,” said Mike Noble, OHPI Chief of Research. “The data shows that Utahns’ opinions have flipped since 2012 – with two-thirds of GOP voters preferring a Republican senator other than Mitt Romney, he is more vulnerable than ever in a primary election.”
Despite winning in 2018 by more than 60%, today Romney is viewed favorably by only a plurality (49%) of Utah voters. However, his favorability rating is still above water due to the fact that only 44% of Utah voters disapprove of him. Trump, on the other hand, is underwater in Utah – 46% of voters hold favorable views of the former president and 51% view him negatively.
Apart from the partisan split between those who like Mitt Romney versus those who like Donald Trump, Romney’s vote to convict the former president during this January’s impeachment trial may be a contributing factor to his middling favorability rating among all voters. Half (47%) of Utah voters approve of Romney’s conviction vote while 43% do not – almost identical to the senator’s statewide favorability numbers. Three-quarters (74%) of those who approve of Romney’s vote also hold favorable views of him as a person. A similar 70% of those who disapprove of the vote Romney cast hold unfavorable views.
Methodology: This poll was conducted as an online opt-in panel survey. The survey was completed by OH Predictive Insights from August 2nd to August 8th, 2021, from a Utah Statewide Registered Voter sample. The sample demographics were weighted to accurately reflect gender, region, age, party affiliation, ethnicity, and education. The sample size was 680 completed surveys, with a MoE of ± 3.76%. Among these registered voters were 337 Republicans, giving that sample a MoE of +/- 5.34%. Numbers may not equal 100% due to rounding.
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About the UTPOP: The Utah Public Opinion Pulse (UTPOP) survey is a statewide survey of a base sample of 800 – 1,000 general population state residents (18+ YO) with a statistically significant sample size of registered and likely voters included. Deploying surveys on a quarterly basis, we are able to gauge and keep an accurate and consistent pulse on the perceptions, opinions, and future decisions of state residents on a number of relevant issues and pressing topics for corporate and political insights. With statewide Public Opinion Pulses also conducted in Nevada and Arizona in addition to Utah, our surveys allow data-seekers to look through the 3 unique lenses of general population residents, registered voters, and likely voters in each state for insights most relevant to them. To learn more about our statewide public opinion surveys and for information on how to purchase customized questions to add to our surveys, click here.