Poll: Utahns don’t approve of Congress, but they like the State Legislature

Utahns really disapprove of the job the Republican-controlled Congress is doing, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows.

But Dan Jones & Associates also finds that the GOP-dominated Utah Legislature is approved of by a large majority of voters.

Go figure.

They hate Congress.

They like the state Legislature.

And both are controlled by Republicans.

Here are some of the numbers:

  • Utahns give Congress a disapproval rating of 69-28 percent – that is, 69 percent of Utahns “strongly” or “somewhat” disapprove of the job Congress is doing, while 28 percent approve.
  • At the same time, Utahns give the Legislature an approval rating of 62-33 percent. Or 62 percent “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of the job the Legislature is doing, while a third disapprove.


Some demographic breakouts:

  • Republicans disapprove of Congress’s job, 55-40 percent.
  • While they approve of the Legislature’s job performance, 80-13 percent.
  • Democrats really hate the GOP Congress, 87-12 percent.
  • And they disapprove of the Republican Legislature, 69-28 percent.
  • Political independents, who don’t belong to any political party, disapprove of Congress, 80-18 percent.
  • But they approve of the Legislature, 50-46 percent.

So no one likes Congress – although Utah Republicans dislike it less.

And Republicans and independents like the job the Utah Legislature is doing, but Democrats don’t.

Conservatives, somewhat conservatives, moderates, somewhat liberals, and very liberals, all dislike Congress.

Although as you may guess the more conservative you are, the less you dislike Congress.

 While moderates and liberals really hate the job the GOP Congress is doing.

“Very active” Mormons – who pay tithing and hold temple recommends – disapprove of Congress, 60-38 percent.

The Mormons like the job the Legislature – which is around 85 percent active Mormon lawmakers – by a 79-14 percent margin.

Those who said they have no religion really hate Congress, 90-8 percent.

And they also dislike the Utah Legislature, 68-27 percent.

Clearly, most Utahns don’t like Congress. But they do like their own GOP members of Congress.

Will the dislike of Congress harm the four GOP House incumbents in their re-election efforts this year?

We’ll see.

Jones polled from Nov. 16-21, or before Congress passed the GOP tax cuts, so whether you like or dislike the tax cut plan, that is not reflected in these results.

Jones polled 600 adults; the survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.