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“And then depression set in:” Why don’t Utahns turn out to vote?

When we asked respondents to the recent UVP why they believed individuals did not turn out to vote, the overwhelming reason related to one-party dominance. Professors Quin Monson and Michael Barber contributed to this post. In the movie “Stripes,” Bill … Continue reading

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Pretty much nobody likes the Zion Curtain

Democrats (81%), Republicans (51%), Mormons (51%), other religious adherents (87%), and the non-religious (99%) all agree that restaurants should be allowed to remove these barriers. Utah law requires restaurants to prepare alcoholic drinks out of sight of customers, either in a … Continue reading

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Update: The 2015 Legislature will be Utah’s 2nd most Republican since the Depression

The 2015 Legislature has the second largest Republican majority in 88 years, since the 96.8% majority of 1927. Two weeks ago, preliminary results showed Democrats picking up one seat in the Utah House and holding steady in the Utah Senate. … Continue reading

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Voter turnout in Utah just got worse

In 2014, Utah was one of only 4 states with turnout below 29%. This post is based on preliminary turnout figures from the various states. These findings may need to be revised as provisional and absentee ballots are counted nationwide. … Continue reading

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Senator Lee Rebounds

Compared to one year ago, our October 2014 UVP shows a substantial change in voters’ views about the senator. Overall, favorability toward Senator Lee has now nearly returned to its pre-shutdown levels. These are heady days for Senate Republicans.  With a wave … Continue reading

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Press On: What are Voter Perceptions of The Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune?

When asked to say which paper “reports fairly on the LDS Church,” 12% said The Salt Lake Tribune, 44% said The Deseret News. Only 14% said neither paper reported fairly. James Madison eloquently argued for a free press in a … Continue reading

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We now have the fewest freshmen ever in the Utah House

Every incumbent on yesterday’s ballot won. This post is based on preliminary election results. Provisional and absentee ballots remain to be counted. When it convenes in January, Utah’s House of Representatives will have fewer freshmen on the floor than it … Continue reading

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Election result: The 3rd most Republican Legislature in 80 years

The 2015 Legislature will be the third-most Republican group in 80 years. This post is based on preliminary election results. Provisional and absentee ballots remain to be counted. Update (Nov 20): Now that provisional and absentee ballots are in, three elections have … Continue reading

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What Utah voters want from their Legislature

The three issues voters most want the Legislature to address: Reducing corruption among elected officials, improving Utah’s air quality, and increasing spending on K-12 public education. This post is a collaboration between Mike Barber and Adam Brown. Both are assistant … Continue reading

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Is Doug Owens Really Ahead? How to Think about Our 4th District Results

News headlines aside, it’s important to understand that our result shows a competitive election, not a statistically meaningful advantage for either Love or Owens. This post was written by Chris Karpowitz and Jeremy Pope, Co-Directors of the Center for the … Continue reading

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