Poll: Utahns Want Sen. Orrin Hatch to Retire

Orrin Hatch 02A new survey from Public Policy Polling finds 71% of Utahns say Sen. Orrin Hatch should retire at the end of his current term.

The survey, released on Wednesday, found only 19% think Hatch should run for another term in 2018. 

Partisans across the spectrum think Hatch should hang it up instead of running for a third term.

  • 62% of Republicans want Hatch to retire.
  • 80% of independents say Hatch should not run for another term.
  • 84% of Democrats think Hatch should make this current term his last.

The survey also measured Utahns attitudes on a number of issues:

  • 81% of Utah voters support background checks on gun purchases.
  • 65% of Utahns want the U.S. Senate to move forward on confirmation hearings for Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
  • 65% of residents want an independent commission for redistricting. Right now, political lines are drawn by the state legislature.
  • 64% support legalizing medical marijuana.
  • 52% favor expanding Medicaid.

You can see the full results here.