Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is going to be very tough to beat in 2016 if his approval ratings are any indication.
Our latest UtahPolicy.com survey finds the first-term mayor enjoys a 67% approval rating. 21% of Salt Lake County residents say they “strongly” approve of his job performance while another 46% say they “somewhat” approve. 10% say they “somewhat” disapprove while only 7% “strongly” disapprove of the job he’s doing.
Put those numbers together and McAdams enjoys a net approval rating that’s a whopping +50.
In fact, the only elected official in Utah with a higher approval rating than McAdams is Gov. Gary Herbert, who has a 72% rating. However, Herbert’s net approval rating is a hair smaller than McAdams’ at +49.
McAdams has not yet announced whether he’s running for another term as Salt Lake County Mayor, but it’s a good bet to assume he is. A source close to McAdams tells UtahPolicy.com that his pre-election internal polling pegs his approval rating even higher at 71%.
So far, no names have surfaced as possible Republican challengers to McAdams.
McAdams has worked hard over the last four years to cultivate a bi-partisan approach to his office, and that seems to be paying off.