UTAH LOVES MITT
“It’s a good thing for Jon Huntsman Jr. that his home state of Utah isn’t a terribly important one to the Republican presidential nomination process. A plurality of GOP primary voters there has an unfavorable opinion of him and he gets absolutely crushed by Mitt Romney in the state,” says Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling.
A new survey from the group reveals that when asked to choose directly between the two, 82 percent of Utah Republicans pick Mr. Romney to 14 percent who side with Mr. Huntsman.
Mr. Romney garners 63 percent of the overall vote, with Mr. Huntsman placing a distant second at 10 percent. Michele Bachmann is in third place at 6 percent, followed by Sarah Palin (5 percent), Herman Cain, Rick Perry, and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas (each at 4 percent; Newt Gingrich (3 percent) and Tim Pawlenty (1 percent).
Meanwhile, 83 percent of Utah primary voters have a pos- itive opinion of Mr. Romney, compared to 43 percent with a favorable view of Mr. Huntsman.
“But with voters who describe themselves as ‘very conservative,’ Huntsman is a pariah. Only 29 percent rate him positively,” Mr. Jensen says. “His work for the Obama administration and centrist stances on some issues have clearly riled up the right wing in the state.”