Utah Is A State Filled With Progressives-- They Just Don't Know It
PPP polled Utah and found Mr. Trumpanzee to be extremely unpopular but still viewed as the lesser of two evils by a plurality of Utahans. 61% of the voters have a neative impression of him; pretty devastating-- except that 72% have a negative impression of Hillary. If the election were held today Trump would win the state's 4 electoral votes with 39% to Hillary's 24%, Gary Johnson's 12%, Evan McMullin's 9% and Jill Stein's 1%.
The DSCC, led by the virulently anti-trans assholes Chuck Schumer and Jon Tester, has refused to even acknowledge that Misty Snow, a progressive woman who won the state's Democratic nomination against a typical conservative Democrat they were pushing. Mike Lee is beating her in the Senate general election 51-21%. If you want to help her get her name ID up, please consider contributing to her campaign here.
But what interested me about the Utah poll wasn't the horse race in either contest-- I expected nothing different-- but the attitudes expressed by Utah's severely brainwashed partisan voters, who, apparently, are only superficially brainwashed or, perhaps, in a conflicted state about their brainwashing. Tom Jensen of PPP makes several points about how the respondents are looking at the salient issues around 2016 politics:
Utah might be one of the most conservative states in the country, but we still find that voters there side with Democrats on a variety of key issues:
• 81% of voters in the state support background checks on all gun purchases, to only 13% who oppose them. That includes support from 90% of Democrats, 79% of independents, and 78% of Republicans.
• 78% of voters in the state support barring those on the Terror Watch List from buying guns, to only 12% who are opposed to that. There's support from 84% of Democrats, 78% of Republicans, and 73% of independents for closing the terror gap.
• 65% of voters in the state think the Senate should move forward with hearings on Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court, to only 16% who are opposed to them. 87% of Democrats, 67% of independents, and 57% of Republicans support hearings for Garland.
• 65% of voters in the state think there should be an independent commission for redistricting, to only 15% who think legislators should draw their own district lines. 78% of independents, 73% of Democrats, and 55% of Republicans support independent redistricting.
• 64% of voters in the state support legalizing medical marijuana, to only 24% opposed to it. That includes support from 86% of Democrats, 71% of independents, and 53% of Republicans.
• 61% of voters in the state support increasing the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour, including 86% of Democrats, 61% of independents, and 52% of Republicans.
• 52% of voters in the state support expanding Medicaid, to only 27% opposed to it. Support from Democrats (90/5) and independents (56/30) for Medicaid. Expansion is pretty overwhelming and even Republicans (37/34) narrowly support it.