On May 3rd, the UTGOP conducted a survey regarding the upcoming Primary Election. 3447 People responded and an overview of their responses is shown below.
Click Here for the Full Question and Response List. note: long, but worth reviewing.
Q1. Will you vote in the Primary Election?
The survey started off by asking if people would be likely to vote in the primary election. 98% of people who participated in this survey say it is likely that they will vote in the upcoming Primary Election. Interestingly, about 8.5% of those who took the survey said they dislike primary elections. This means that at least 6.5% of those who are going to vote in the upcoming primary don’t like primary elections.
Q2. What is your opinion of Primary Elections?
Some responses people submitted who indicated they liked Primary Elections included; “it helps narrow the list of candidates”, “it helps us to get to learn about the candidates”, and “I like to have a voice in who is running in our party”. People who dislike Primary Elections think that “Primary elections are often decided by who can raise the most money, rather than who is the best candidate”, “delegates are most diligent and capable in choosing the best candidates at convention”, and that “it divides the party and gives the Democrats a chance to win”. More responses in the Full Survey Report.
Q3. Any thoughts or ideas you would like to share that could improve Primary Elections?
Question 3 asked for suggestions on how we can better improve primary elections those responses are recorded in our longer report.
Q4. If your preferred candidate doesn’t make it through the Primary, will you support the Party’s Nominee in the General Election?
Question 4 generated an affirmative 63% response, while a surprising 30% of respondents answered they were Not Sure they would support the Party’s Nominee if they weren’t their choice in the Primary.
Q5. What is your prefered method of voting?
Q6. Which method will you use to vote this Primary Election?
Questions 5 and 6 asked about voters prefered and actual methods of voting. In question 5, 33% of voters said they prefer to vote in person. While 53% of respondents prefer Mail Ballots, that grows to 59% who say they will use that method this election.
Q7. What are your preferred methods of learning about candidates and issues? Choose all that apply.
In Question 7 Respondents were asked to choose their prefered sources of candidate information. The top two selected choices were tied at 22%, for Candidate websites and Town Hall/Meet and Greet Events. Followed by information shared by Family and Friends at 15%. With these three taking a 59% share of total responses, it is clear that the respondents prefer to get their information directly from the Candidates themselves or from family and friends. The remaining choices show how other methods commonly used by nearly all campaigns do not hold as strong an influence over the voters’ opinions. Preferences for Television News and T.V. Ads to learn about Candidates, got 10% collectively. Other options that received low percentages included Campaign Flyers, general internet searches and Social Media. The lowest at 2% was Candidate Billboards and Yard Signs.
Conclusion: Nearly 100% of those that responded to this survey indicated that they would vote in the upcoming Primary Election, even though one in five dislike Primary Elections. Many diverse responses were received and are available for review. These show a strong and invested interest by the voters to discuss and shape the future of Election and Politics in Utah. There is much discussion and concern about ‘low voter turnout, or ‘voter apathy’ but when it comes time to speak up or cast a vote, Voters in Utah buck the national averages and participate.