A slight plurality of Utahns think the state should get out of the liquor business.
Our latest UtahPolicy.com survey conducted by Dan Jones and Associates finds 36% of Utahns think the state should turn all liquor sales over to the private sector. 27% tell us they would favor keeping hard liquor sales regulated by the state while allowing high-point beer and wine sales in private retail establishments. 31% say they like things the way they are.
Utah Democrats are much more free market minded when it comes to liquor than those of other political persuasions. 64% of Democrats want to turn liquor sales over to the private sector. Just 26% of Republicans and 38% of independent voters feel that way. On the other hand, 40% of GOP voters want the state to keep complete control of booze while 27% of independent voters and 6% of Democrats agree.
46% of very active Mormons want Utah to continue controlling all liquor sales, while 56% of somewhat active LDS Church members and 54% of inactive LDS Church goers want to turn all liquor sales over to the private market.
Our survey was conducted November 4-6 among 402 active Utah voters. It has a margin of error of +/- 4.89%.