Poll: Utahns Give the 2016 Legislature a Passing Grade

Utah State Capitol 10Overall, Utahns seem satisfied with the job performance of the 2016 Utah Legislature.

 
A new UtahPolicy.com survey finds Utahns give the 2016 session a passing grade. 26% said lawmakers deserved a “C,” 32% gave them a “B” grade and 3% stated that they deserved an “A.” 12% said legislators should get a “D” as a final mark, and 8% said lawmakers deserved to fail. 
 

 
During the session that ended in March, lawmakers voted for a minimal Medicaid expansion that extended coverage to 16,000 of the neediest residents in the state. 
 
Lawmakers also passed a budget that increased funding for education by more than  $400 million. The $15.1 billion total budget was an increase of more than 6% over the 2015 budget. Lawmakers also provided a pay increase for state employees. They also approved a much-debated bill to do away with non-compete clauses in business.
 
However, it wasn’t all success for legislators. They were unable to come to a consensus on legislation to expand the use of medical marijuana.
 
Not surprisingly, Utah Republicans thought the Republican-controlled legislature did an excellent job while Democrats and independents were not as enthusiastic.
 
  • 6% of Republicans gave lawmakers an “A” while 41% gave them a “B.”
  • 31% of Democrats said the Legislature deserved a “D” grade while 22% said they failed. No Democrats thought lawmakers deserved an “A.”
  • 28% of independent voters said the Legislature earned a “C” grade while 23% said they should get a “B.” Only 1% said they should get an “A” while 9% feel they should fail.
 
The survey was conducted by Dan Jones & Associates from March 23-April 5, 2016 among 600 adult Utahns with a margin of error of +/- 4.0%.