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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.

Survey: High Concerns Over Partisan Politics In Broad Group Of Utah Voters

More than half of the voters in Utah were highly concerned about partisan politics in the most recent survey by the non-profit Utah Foundation. The survey also found that unaffiliated and third party voters were a close second in size to Republican voters.  Mallory Bateman is a research analyst with Utah Foundation. She says they were surprised that such a high percentage of that group are so concerned about partisan politics.

“Over half, so 58%, gave it a 4 or a 5 which is a high level of concern. And so we just thought that was interesting since they do make up such a large part of the electorate.”

Bateman says while it’s not surprising to find Republicans and Democrats dissatisfied with the other’s policies, nearly one fourth of all Utah voters felt the two main parties are so misguided, there’s a threat to the nation’s well-being.

“When you have a quarter of Republicans thinking both parties are so misguided, you’ve got 13% of Democrats thinking the same and a quarter of all the other voters in the state thinking that," say Bateman, "I think it does speak to kind of the system we have now is maybe not working for everybody.”

She says the survey was done in February so it’s likely all groups are even more divided now that the major party nominating conventions have begun. Partisan politics ranked #8 in 10 of the Utah Priorities Project survey in issues of main concern to Utahns.

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in mass communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he worked for 25 years, and he is thrilled to be back at KUER. Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.
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