Utahns trust state government more than most states

Residents in Utah have more trust in Utah’s government than 47 other states. In new Gallup poll, 75 percent of Utahn’s place a “great deal/fair amount of trust” in our state’s government.

“Utah continues to be named one of the best managed states in the nation,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “The effective fiscal management of our government and elected officials has earned the trust of Utahns and Utah’s business community.”

Only six states have more than 70 percent of residents with this kind of trust in their government. Placing Utah in the third top spot, North Dakota and Wyoming had 77 and 76 percent of residents who trusted their government. The other states with relatively high trust towards government are South Dakota, Nebraska, Texas and Alaska. The map above indicates the different levels of trustworthiness in different shades of green.

One observation in the Gallup poll was that residents in Republican-leaning states were more likely to trust their state government–something that Utah definitely falls under. Gallup also found that less-populous states were more trusting, which helped to explain why more “red” states lean that way.

At the bottom of the list was Illinois, with only 28 percent of residents saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in their government.

See the complete poll here.