Poll: Prison Relocation Not Much of a Factor in Salt Lake City Mayoral Contest

Utah State PrisonMost Salt Lake City voters say the decision by the legislature to relocate the state prison will not be a factor in how they vote come November.
 
Nearly 3/4 of registered voters (72%) say the decision to move the prison to a site near Salt Lake City International Airport will not impact how they cast a ballot. 12% say it will make them more likely to vote for Jackie Biskupski while 9% say it makes them more inclined to vote for Mayor Ralph Becker.
 
 

 
Biskupski has criticized Becker for not doing enough to stop the prison from moving to Salt Lake City from Draper. Lawmakers included a provision allowing the city that ends up hosting the new facility to raise sales taxes, something Mayor Becker has long wanted to help the city’s bottom line. Biskupski has repeatedly hammered Becker for being complicit with the legislature by not fighting back against the prison move because, she says; he wanted the potential tax hike more. Becker vehemently denies that charge.
 
Even likely voters don’t seem to factor the prison relocation into their decision. 8% said it makes them more likely to vote for Becker, 14% said they were more likely to vote for Biskupski while 71% say it makes no difference.
 
Democrats seem more upset about the prison relocation, and Becker’s inability to stop it, than any other group. 38% of the Democrats who are highly likely to vote say the issue makes them more likely to vote for Biskupski than Becker. Just 6% say they are more likely to vote for Becker while a slight majority (52%) say it makes no difference.
 
31% of independent voters say the prison issue makes them more likely to vote for Biskupski while 19% of Republican voters agree.
 
The survey was conducted among 588 registered voters in Salt Lake City from October 5-10, 2015. It has a margin of error of +/- 4.02%. 
 
Additionally, the likely voters in this sample were 271 respondents who told us they had a high likelihood of casting a ballot in November’s election. That section has a margin of error of +/-5.94%.