Poll: Utah Republicans More Sour on the Economy than Democrats

Most Utahns think the economy will either improve or remain the same as it is now over the next year. 

A UtahPolicy.com survey conducted by Dan Jones and Associates finds 38% of Utahns think the U.S. economy will remain unchanged over the next year. 21% say things will improve. 36% expect the economy will head downhill.

Those numbers are virtually unchanged since UtahPolicy.com asked the same questions in August. In that survey 24% said the economy would get better, 35% said conditions would worsen. 37% said things will remain the same as they are now.

Republicans are much more sour on the economy than Democrats and independents. 

  • Nearly half of Republicans (47%) say conditions will worsen over the next year.
  • 40% of Democrats say the economy will get better while 45% think things won't change.
  • 40% of independents expect the economy to remain the same while 27% say it will improve. 30% of this group say things will worsen.
Utahns further to the right on the ideological scale are much more pessimistic about the economy while those to the left are more bullish.

  • 60% of those who say they are "very conservative" say they expect conditions to worsen.
  • 36% of "somewhat conservative" Utahns say the economy will get worse while 42% say there will be no change.
  • 48% of moderates say there will be no change in the economy
  • 44% of those who describe themselves as "somewhat liberal" think the economy will improve over the next year.
  • 38% of the group who say they are "very liberal" think the economy will get better.
The survey was conducted by Dan Jones & Associates from September 8-17, 2015. 604 adult Utahns were surveyed with a margin of error of +/- 3.99%.