This poll is not neccesarily as reaveling as it seems. First off, a given
number of Utahns would not vote in a Republican primary. They seem to have been
included in the survey.Secojndly, the primary will have more than
these two options. So limiting it does not make sense. A more reflective of
reality poll would be asking people who they would vote for in the primary.
Since we do not know who will actually be on the ballot this might be most
accurate. Providing a sample ballot of Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee,
Sam Brownback, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt
Romney, Jon Huntsman, Nikki Haley and Allen West, since the actual ballot will
have some number of people listed, might come closest to simulating the actual
results. Ommission of any other possible or likely candidates on my part was
due to the unclear nature of the race. There are probably others that I should
have included and I apologize for the oversight.
Don't waste your run on the White House Jon. Come back to Utah, unseat Orrin
Hatch, then look to 2016 if you want to run for President. Come back and save
us from another Mike Lee/Jason Chaffitz getting to represent the state for 6
Maybe Huckabee should team up with Palin. They'd be at 6% in Utah.This
poll is so meaningless. It's taken in Utah with 2 Utah "favorite
sons" in the poll.Take the same poll in Alaska or Arkansas and you'd
reverse the results.Take this poll nationwide and you'd get a better
picture... But, due to the skewing effect of the Republicans Primary /
Convention system they will never find out which candidate is the strongest and
they will lose the presidential race of 2012.
Deseret News would have you believe this, One must make up your own mind and
both of these men are not suited for the office.
Romney:- Valedictorian at BYU - Baker's scholar at
Harvard (go look it up)- Master's degrees in business and law- Enormously successful in private business and now worth between $200
and $300 million (compare this to many of Obama's closest advisers who have
never had to turn a profit or go hungry)- Previous executive
leadership experience as a state governor, including Massachusetts' Commander In
Chief of state military forces- Put aside partisanship
prejudices/trash-talk by successfully campaigning/winning the governor's seat as
a Republican in a heavily Democrat-controlled state LONG before Scott Brown- Turned a loss into one of the few profit-earning Olympics (Salt Lake)
in 2002 - Turned Massachusetts' budget from red to black while
governor- Volunteer service to community as a church leader for well
over 5 years (Bishop and Stake President)- Would give ALL his
Presidential salary ($1.6 million total) back to the American taxpayers if
elected (yes, he's on record as committing to this)- Looks, talks
and acts "Presidential"- Understands committment (never
divorced)- Understands morality (never had an affair)-
Understands family (5 kids)- Willing to let all of America see his
birth and school records.He's what we need.
Romney is clearly the best candidate for President given the challenges we face
today.... He has proven his skill and ability financially in bothe the Private
and Public Sector (in fact he's proven it three times); He's spot on with his
positions on Energy, Foreign Affairs and yes, even Healthcare; and, he is right
on the money with his position on Social Issues... Huntsman or Obama aren't
anywhere close to Romney in pure qualifications.The Huntsman family
have a good reputation (particularly the father), But I can't accept Junior's
poistions on several social issues and he has yet to prove that he knows how to
effectively function in trying situations.
Both Romney and Huntsman could sink their entire fortunes in this...But the far right Evangelical and Southern Republicans will never, REPEAT
NEVER, vote for a Mormon. EVER.\Their desire to hang on to their
deep Mormon phobia will outweigh any other thing. They would happily
vote for Obama for a second term, rather than vote for a Mormon.
GWB What does where they served missions have to do do with anything? Huntsman
learned chinese in Taiwan and it benefited him. As far as France are you saying
because they are socialists they don't deserve to hear the gospel. Romney was a
great leader in France, serving as assistant when the mission president's wife
was killed and the president injured in auto accident and had to return to the
states. My understanding was he was acting President for a time.
I'd like to know:Mitt Romney VS Ron Paul?
Huntsman should be pleased, then. Because having Utah voters dislike you seems
to be a positive thing in the end game.
forget the article, forget the polls, forget the comments. The picture says it
That's great! Now...how's he going to do in Iowa? South Carolina?
I wouldn't vote for Romney or Huckabee, or Chaffetz. All three are non-starters
for politicians.I would prefer that Huntsman run against Hatch. I would
for for Jon Huntsman over Orrin Hatch all day long. Huckabee is a joke, Romney
is an empty suit and no, he did not "save the Olympics", and he was a
prima donna during the Olympics and did use foul language at a volunteer when he
didn't get his way. Not something I "like" in any politician, Romney
isn't a class act at all. Not sure for whom I will vote for in a Primary race
here. It won't be for the current occupant of the White House, whom I believe is
not intelligent nor anything remotely resembling a "centrist".
Probably a good community organizer though.
Hmmm Romney or Huntsman?? I like my own horse and will stay with the guy
that's bringing it back. Obama is my man.Can't trust the party of
I don't know whether Romney can solve our problems, but I know Huntsman would
comtinue the Obama agenda. I believe he is running more to block Romney (there
is much animosity there) than to be President.
Silver spoons in the mouth...No contact with middle AmericansOut of touch with the working man....I'm wary of both...But I'd pick Romney over Huntsman.I don't think Huntsman has
actually "worked" a day in his life????Anyone know? Has
he EVER had a callous? Or are his hands soft like a little girl?Or
are we just looking for another rich elite to tell the working man what to
do...and how much to pay. Can we not get a working man in this
Not much of a choice, is it? Romney - supporter of Romney care in MA, the guy
that would refer to his "lawyers" about torture, and flip-flopper in
the extreme.Then you have Huntsman. He's been a governor too. But,
really, a leader?Would either of these guys make a difference?
They're both part of the War Party, Establishment Party, Republicrat, whatever
you want to call them (think about it, the Republicans and Democrats are really
just two wings of the same party). If you want more of the same, you could vote
for either of them - don't expect much to change.
The issue of Mormonism is not as critical nationally as one would think. Most
Republicans would rather have Romney for President than Barack Obama and the
same goes with Independents. The economy is the major issue in this coming
election and Romney represents the best hope for turning the economy around.
Huntsman is not a true fiscal conservative and is squishy on social issues. He
will be torched in the primaries and be out in a month. Romney will win the
nomination and go on to beat Barack Obama.
It's seen as a political necessity to be a "man(or woman) of the
people." People want to vote for an average guy. That is
stupid. Average people are incapable of running world superpowers. We need not
an average guy, but an extraordinary achiever, capable of not only running but
of rescuing our country from decades of attempting to spend its way out of debt.
I'm sure we are all hopeful that our newspapers will avoid serving their readers
over-skewed political 'articles' in the future.
Furry1993 said: Huntsman has proved that he would take positions that are right,
regardless the consequences. I don't think Huntsman is right. I
find civil unions disgusting (to say the least), I don't think we should hand
over citizenship on a silver platter to illegals, and I don't believe that we
are suffering from global warming. AND I bet there are a lot of people in this
state and country who agree with me! The consequences of the
above-named Huntsman positions are, respectively: a breakdown of our society
because of the devastation of the traditional, God-mandated family unit;
weakening of our country and laws so severely that as a nation we may not
survive; and a tremendous amount of time and money spent chasing stupid
I don't think this poll is valid.In order to be valid, they would
have to ask whether they prefer Mitt Romney packing a H&R Model 1 .38
Caliber, spur trigger single action revolveror Jon
Huntsman packing a Browning M1911 single-action, semi-automatic, .45 ACP
handgun.Only then can you tell who is the more patriotic candidate!
It is highly unlikely that either of these Mormon gentleman could be elected to
the presidency. Mr. Huntsman would have the better chance of the two but the
reality is that Mormonism is too far out of step with general American thought
and people would fear the extremeism and vote for an alternative.
The question of who(between Jon Huntsman Jr. and Mitt Romney) would win the UT
Republican Primary is moot. If Jon Huntsman enters the race(and I hope he
does)he would soundly defeat Mitt Romney in the New Hampshire Primary. If Mitt
Romney is unable to win NH a state where he owns a home, and was Governor of a
border state, his race is over. I am a former State Legislator, and Republican
Activist, and I have met both J Huntsman and M Romney. Jon Huntsman is more
qualified to be president than any candidate I have known. Mitt Romney has nice
Johnathan Eddy in Payson - the answer to your question is NO!
Wouldnt it be great to have a brilliant business mind in the white house during
these tough times?Instead we have...."The solution
to our growing debt and economic problems is for me to spend and restribute more
of your money."
Personally I'm not nuts about either of them, but even less convinced Huntsman
is actually a real person in there. If I had to choose, I'd vote for Mitt over
Huntsman in a blink.Neither one of them is conservative enough. I
don't know that either of them has the guts to really do what needs to be done
in this country without fretting over the political backdraft from every
decision. I used to think Ron Paul was kooky, but he's the only one
with the conservative guts and fortitude to actually make the dramatic changes
Utahns have a long tradition of enjoying being lied to. That's why they don't
like Huntsman.Also, I think a poll between ice cream and beer might
have some suprising results for you.
Only Utah would choose a flip-flopper like Romney than a man of integrity &
conviction like Huntsman. He was the the best Governor for Utah at the time
until Oprah's boy took over & took him. This Utah democrat would vote for
Huntsman for President of the United States in a heart beat.
As an active member of the Utah predominate religion I'm not keen on either of
these candidates. I would definetly choose Mitt or Jon but their has to be
...I like Huntsman. I think if he runs, he clobbers Romney in the arena of
debates...Romney is not going to survive his little health care experiment in
A person would have to be three sheets in the wind and a sandwich short of a
picnic to vote for either. America was $2.6 billion in debt in 1910 and they ask
those Harvard grads for help..today America is over $14 trillion in debt and you
people are still asking those same type of people for help...duh!
These poll results don't surprise me. My impression is that Mr. Romney has
accomplished much on his own, and did so mostly without his father's name or
reputation. He is well educated and has a proven record as a manager.On the other hand, Mr. Huntsman has little to show for his own efforts. All
his accomplishments are due to his father's financial influence and donations to
political parties.I don't know who I will vote for when the next
election comes around, but I'm sure I will be most impressed by candidates who
Jonathan Eddy,That could be the greatest post Ive ever read! You are a
patriot.I am a husband and a father of two. I am in graduate school
to become a special education teacher for children with severe disabilities. I
Love the constitution and individual Liberty. My name is Spencer Sloan, I
support Ron Paul for President and I'm a Mormon.
If anyone thought a centrist was going to be more popular than someone
(recently) holding hardline conservative views in the Uber-Conservative State of
Utah, you'd be up in the night. While we are at it, lets poll our state for
"which do you prefer: ice cream or beer?" It would probably have
equally compelling results.I don't think either makes it through the
primary, but I give Romney a much better chance of doing so. However, I don't
think Romney can win the general election. Huntsman would have a shot at the
general election by capturing a size-able chunk of independents with a
Libertarian slant (such as myself), but he is too moderate to ever make it
through the primary.
To Jonathan Eddy | 7:41 a.m. Feb. 13, 2011 "What do I want? I
want someone who can restore sanity back to America. Mr. Romney or Mr.
Huntsman, are you that man? "For Jon Huntsman, the answer to
your question is "Yes." For Romney, it is "no" -- all we
would get with Romney is politics as usual. Huntsman has proved that he would
take positions that are right, regardless the consequences. Romney has proved
that he just a politician, saying what is necessary to get elected.
This is for all you Romney bashers. This is what the latest polls are
showing.Mitt Romney leads President Obama by two points, 44-42
percent, in the latest Rasmussen Reports national survey of voter preference for
the 2012 presidential campaign. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is in a dead
heat with Obama, with both drawing 43 percent.Romney has my vote,
but Huntsman Jr would be a great running mate For Mitt.
They both sound good as Republican candidates for president if we must maintain
a two party system. Some of us here in Alabama are hoping to see a moderate win
the Republican nomination. It would be good for the south and the country.
Likely Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee could
beat Pres. Obama according to a series of polls conducted by Rasmussen. The
results of the polls, released on Sunday, show Romney leading Obama 44 percent
to 42 percent, and Huckabee drawing even at 43 percent. However, other
Republican contenders do not fair as well: Sarah Palin trails Obama by 11
points, 49 percent to 38 percent, and Newt Gingrich trails by 8 points, 47
percent to 39 percent. Other potential candidates with lower name recognition
trail Obama anywhere from 10 percent (Jon Huntsman Jr.) to 17 percent (Haley
Barbour.) Pollster Scott Rasmussen writes, The most significant finding is that
regardless of what GOP candidate is named, the president earns between 42
percent and 49 percent. This suggests the campaign is starting off in a fairly
competitive environment, though much can change in the next year-and-a-half. A
January 24 Rasmussen poll surveying the possible Republican primary field showed
Mitt Romney leading the pack with 24 percent, followed by Palin with 19 percent,
Huckabee with 17 percent, and Gingrich with 11 percent
fanc246 makes a good point, how about a poll between Huntsman, and Romney, in
I would 100% choose Romney over Huntsman.
Just more proof that Utahns simply aren't very smart.
Senator Huntsman sounds nice.
I don't want a "Mormon" in the White House. I want a statesman.
I don't want a Republican. I want a Constitutionalist. I don't want a Democrat. I want a man or woman who can audit the
Fed.I don't want a "diplomat" that directs nations.I
want a fearless fighter for peace.I don't want a great orator with
shiny teeth.I want a ordinary citizen that can resurrect US
manufacturing.I don't want my president to base decisions on public
opinion.I want my president to obey the law.I don't want a
world traveler.I want someone who can stay put and clean house.I don't want a corporate directed puppet.I want a man/woman of the
people, for the people and by the people.What do I want? I want
someone who can restore sanity back to America.Mr. Romney or Mr. Huntsman,
are you that man?
It might be said that Massachusetts is the place that knows Romney best, and we
would sooner vote for (insert favorite Disney character here) than Romney again,
after having had him as Governor.
Is anyone surprised? Huntsman is basically " hope and change lite". He
is a Democrat in all but name.
And so it is. People who call certain Republicans "RINO" cannot
comprehend that America isn't Republican, just as it isn't Democrat. America is
in the middle. The wingnuts who run the Republican party can't look beyond the
primaries to a general election. Huntsman could win a general, IMO. Not
Romney. Are your objections to Jon Huntsman really that significant?
Of course they would.They prefer people who held a pro-choice
position when running for/and serving as Governor and who thought Individual
Mandates in healthcare reform was such a great idea that he inserted it into his
reform bill while Governor.Support for Individual mandates and
women's choice are the backbone of Utah politics so Utahns are sure to prefer
Romnney over Huntsman.In the end, they are two men who were born to
rich families and who never had to worry about pulling themselves up by their
bootstraps. Mitt's dad was chariman of American Motors and went to
Cranbroke Prep school and Harvard. He served a mission in Socialist France.Huntsman's dad was Owner of Huntsman Chemical and he went to the
University of Pennsylvania and served a mission to Taiwan.
Huntsman, at least, won't be caught being a phony. But neither one of these guys
are going to move into the White house in January, 2013.
Who cares.. Mitt Romney won't even be the elected Republican candidate and
neither will Jon Huntsman.
Huntsman for President was a nice thought for the Huntsman Family but a bit of a
stretch for the rest of us......John Sr has the credentials but Jr frankly
leaves alot to be desired! He is afterall a McCain RINO!