The 4th Congressional District race between Mia Love (R) and Doug Owens (D) is tightening a little with about 3 weeks to go until election day.
The latest UtahPolicy.com poll conducted by Dan Jones and Associates finds Love with a 9-point lead over Owens. 9% are undecided.
Since our last poll in August, Love's share has risen 5% while Owens' has jumped 8%. The number of undecided voters dropped 10% since that time.
It remains to be seen if Owens can close the gap between him and Love over the next three weeks.
Last week, Owens and Love released competing internal polls. Love's showed her with a 19-point lead, while Owens' said he was down by just 3.
Dave Hansen, Love's campaign manager, says "We still feel very good about where Mia Love is in the race from the numbers we’ve seen and the numbers we have. The next three weeks are critical to the campaign, and we'll do what’s necessary to make sure she wins.”
Doug Owens' campaign responded to the poll with the statement, "We're gaining ground. This poll shows that our message is getting out and that it resonates with Utah voters. We're working hard for every vote. The only poll that really matters is on election day."
54% of voters in Utahs' 4th District have a favorable opinion of Love, while 41% have an unfavorable view of the Republican. In our August poll, 48% held a favorable view of Love and 43% had a negative impression of her.
Doug Owens' favorability ratings have improved considerably since August. 50% of voters tell us they have a favorable view of him and 23% have a negative impression of the Democrat. In August he had a 32% favorable rating and a 15% unfavorable rating. 16% say they have never heard of Owens, which is down a full 10-points since August.
The survey was conducted October 7-9 among 400 likely voters. It has a margin of error of +/- 4.9%.