Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders still slightly leads the Democratic presidential field among all Utahns, but Utah’s Democrats overwhelmingly back Hillary Clinton.
Our latest UtahPolicy.com survey finds Sanders with 23% support among Utah residents while Clinton gets 19%. 25% of Utahns say they don’t have a preference while former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley pulls in 9%.
Sanders’ support has dipped a bit from our November survey, down from 26%, while Clinton is up 1% from last month.
Sanders’ momentum has seemingly hit a wall in Utah. Between September and November, Sanders jumped from 22% to 26% among all Utahns. Now he’s back down to 23%. In the same time, Clinton grew from 11% in September to 18% in November and now 19%.
Utah’s Democratic Party will allow any registered voter to cast a ballot in their presidential preference poll on March 22, which will allocate delegates for the national convention.
Utah’s Democrats are even more solidly behind Hillary Clinton. Clinton has a clear lead among members of Utah’s minority party, with 61% backing the former Secretary of State while just 28% support Sanders. Clinton’s level of support has jumped 7 points since November, up from 54% in November. Sanders’ support among Utah Democrats has fallen 6-points from last month, down from 34%. In September, Sanders and Clinton were virtually tied among Utah Democrats, with Sanders getting 31% and Clinton pulling 30%.
Conversely, independent voters back Sanders over Clinton by a 10-point margin, 31-21%. However, Sanders’ support among independents has dropped 7-points in the last month, while Clinton has jumped 6 points during the same time.
The current survey was conducted by Dan Jones & Associates December 8-14, 2015 among 622 Utahns. It has a margin of error +/- 3.93%.