Why Utah is the Epicenter of the ‘Never Trump’ Movement

Donald Trump 05Why is Utah, a normally staunch Republican state, having such a difficult time falling in line behind Donald Trump as the GOP nominee?

Time tries to understand why polling shows Trump either tied with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, or with a smaller than expected lead like the most recent UtahPolicy.com survey that showed him with a nine-point lead.

Experts say that Trump’s troubles in Utah stem from the religious values of the state’s Mormon population and the candidate’s personal style.


“What is making Donald Trump popular in other states is exactly what’s making him somewhat unpopular here in the state of Utah,” said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah. “That straight-talking brashness that has made Donald Trump popular in many parts of the states … is not the kind of politician we usually see in the state of Utah.”


For now, it seems unlikely that Trump could actually lose Utah. TheTribune poll showed 13 percent support for former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who is running on the Libertarian ticket, but pollsters are wary of surveys showing strong third-party support, as voters often stand by their party in the privacy of the ballot booth.