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“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.”

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