Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Utah Priorities ProjectKUER and the non-partisan Utah Foundation are presenting ten issues identified by voters in a statewide survey during this election season. The topics range from immigration to public education to Utah's economy. The complete list and the research briefs for each issue are available at the Utah Foundation website.

Study Looks at Priorities of Governor Herbert and His Challengers

Utah Foundation

The non-partisan Utah Foundation has published a report that takes a closer look at the priorities of seven candidates running for Governor.

The group surveyed Republican Governor Gary Herbert and his GOP challengers Nate Jensen and Jonathan Johnson, along with Democratic candidates Vaughn Cook and Mike Weinholtz. Unaffiliated candidates L.S. Brown and Gary Van Horn were also included.

Candidates rated their level of concern for issues based on a scale of 1 to 5, one being the least concern. 

Research Analyst Christopher Collard, says it’s a great tool for voters.

“I would think it would be a great method for a voter to look through these 21 topics and identify what topics are most important to them and then look across the graph and see which candidate ranks most closely with them in their own priorities,” Collard says.

A previous survey of 800 voters showed healthcare and air quality as their top two concerns. All non-Democrat candidates in the race stated they were very concerned about government spending and public lands.  

Most voters who participated in the survey say the state is headed in the right direction but, five of the six candidates who are challenging Governor Gary Herbert said the state is headed in the wrong direction.

The report is available on the Utah Foundation website.

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
KUER is listener-supported public radio. Support this work by making a donation today.