Utah Republicans, Democrats have divided opinions on how Congress is performing

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Most Utahns dislike what both Republicans and Democrats are doing in Congress, a recent UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll finds.

And, pollster Y2 Analytics discovers, Utahns as a whole barely dislike Democrats in Congress more than they do Republicans, with a huge difference in responses based on voters’ partisan preferences.

The numbers:

All Utah voters dislike what Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate are doing, 58-40 percent.

They dislike what Democrats are doing in Congress, 61-37 percent.

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Not a whole lot of difference.

But when you break out the responses according to political party, we found a dynamic difference:

Those who told Y2 that they are “strong” Republicans, 86 percent approve of what GOP congressmen and women are doing, only 13 percent disapprove.

While 77 percent of political independents disapprove of Republicans in Congress.

And 100 percent — all — of the “strong” Democrats in Utah disapprove of what Republicans are doing in Congress.

As you can guess, the feelings are exactly opposite when asked how Congressional Democrats are doing:

“Strong” Utah Republicans dislike Democrats in Congress, 98-1 percent.

Political independents disapprove what Democrats are doing in Congress, 64-33 percent.

While “strong” Utah Democratic voters approve of Congressional Democrats, 88-11 percent.

The partisanship could hardly be stronger among members of both political parties when judging what congressional Republicans and Democrats are doing in the U.S. Senate and House.

Now, all of Utah’s four U.S. House districts lean Republican — with the 4th District, held by Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams — the least Republican of the four.

Among 4th District voters, Republicans in Congress are doing a bad job, 58-38 percent.

Democrats in Congress are doing a bad job, 62-34 percent, 4th District voters say.

But, as previously published, 4th District voters believe McAdams himself is doing a good job, 58-20 percent.

Four Republicans are now running within the party for the right to face McAdams in November. That primary race will be decided June 30.

The U.S. House is controlled by Democrats, and national political observers say it is unlikely that Republicans can take control of the House in November’s general election.

The U.S. Senate is held by Republicans. And while Democrats may pick up a few seats, it is also unlikely that Democrats can win control of the Senate this year.

So no matter who wins the presidency — GOP President Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden — most likely the United States will have a divided government come January.

And so Utah voters will continue to dislike what Congress is doing — the GOP voters not happy with the Democratic U.S. House, the Democrats not happy with the GOP Senate, and the independents not happy with either.


The survey was conducted by Y2 Analytics from May 9-15, 2020 among 1,099 likely Utah voters with a margin of error of 3 percentage points.


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