It doesn't take a poll to know that most Utahns aren't big fans of President Barack Obama, but we've got one to show you anyway.
A new survey by Key Research and BYU's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy shows that 74 percent of Utahns either strongly or somewhat disapprove of Obama's job performance, a number that doesn't come as much of a shock from one of the most Republican states in the nation.
About 27 percent of registered voters in the state said they either strongly or somewhat approve of Obama, though here's guessing those folks make up the Democratic or Democratic-leaning independents in the state (read: Salt Lake City/County).
Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is one beloved figure.
While we don't yet know how big of a win the presumptive Republican nominee will pull out of the Beehive State in today's primary, the new poll shows that 76 percent of voters view Romney either very or somewhat favorably. Only 21 percent cast him in the unfavorable column.
The poll, conducted June 12-19 and with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent, also includes a fascinating look at how Utahns view the world around them.
A majority of respondents said that their personal situation is about the same as a year ago. Same goes for the voters' thoughts about the state of Utah: status quo.
Some 53 percent of voters, however, said the nation as a whole is worse off than a year ago. That may explain part of the angst with Obama, though it's not as though he'd fair too well in Utah even if voters thought the economy was much improved.
-- Thomas Burr
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