Poll: Governor holds small lead over Matheson


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  • UteExpat London, United Kingdom
    July 1, 2011 12:43 a.m.

    Let's be real, it is because, generally speaking, he over samples Democrats.

  • Let's be real Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2011 8:13 p.m.

    I understand Dan Jones to be an outstanding person but it seems that whenever a Democratic political poll comes up they always seem to do better than what actually happens. I may be wrong but it seems that way.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    June 30, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    Matheson's father was either the first or second best governor in the history of our state, that alone makes him worthy of a look.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    How do people justify wanting world peace and stopping the bombings and killings, but, at the same time support the slaughter of unborn children? That has never made sense to me. If it's wrong to slaughter people who have been born, then what gives people the right to slaughter unborn people?

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    June 30, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    I think Gov. Herbert will not make it out of convention, he will be beat (at the caucur level) by a hyper-conservative. If Matheson does not get a fair shake on the gerrymander, he might run. That will be some BIG fun.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    June 30, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    Pagan: No one should be legislating a woman's Uterus. Any woman in this day and age knows how Not to Become Pregnant. I can understand why some women would not want to have a baby. What I can absolutely not understand is why don't they use protection? Then, if they do get accidently pregnant what gives them the right to terminate a newly formed life? Once that life is inside of a womans body, she has no right to kill it. A woman's first priority should be for her new child, but the unconscionable selfishness of todays society gives her the right to murder an unborn child. If you dont think an unborn baby is a baby, look at the ultrasounds of the unborn. They breath, they eat, they suck their thumbs, and they cry. These precious unborn are treated as a tumor to be ripped from their mothers bodies even though they are alive. How cold and cruel. A woman who does this changes her life forever. But that does save the unborn babys life. So many people want to adopt babies, yet they are murdered before having a chance to live.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2011 1:03 p.m.

    I'm not sold on Matheson. He sits out on votes, unless he is needed by his democrate party. Otherwise he tries to play the moderate democrate and everyones buddy. Unless his party needs his vote, he just sits back and does nothing. It's not until things are to the wire, that you find out what Matheson truly supports and believes in.

    That is not the person we need as Governor. I need someone that I know how they feel and will respond to issues. We don't need a fence sitter, that jumps on the convenient band wagon.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 30, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    Re: I M LDS 2 | 11:17 a.m. June 30, 2011

    If you don't like the way Gov. Herbert deals with illegal aliens you certainly can't like the way Obama has turned his eyes the other way on the problem.

  • Petra Sanpete County, UT
    June 30, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    Matheson may be a Democrat by name, but he is really much more a moderate Republican by his voting record. He is fiscally conservative (one of the "Blue Dog Democrats"), something the far right-wing likes. He is essentially socially conservative, something the LDS in Utah like. Though he agrees with the vast majority of peer-reviewed scientific community that the climate is changing, he does not seem to have a plan for addressing the issue beyond saying who cannot participate in enforcement (not the EPA, in his view). He voted down the health care act.

    So there is no real danger with the "Democrat" label to the supposed wishes of most Utahns, though many in Utah vote knee-jerk Republican, no matter what someone's voting record states. Though I do wish Matheson would either be a real Democrat (if only for health care issues and the environment) or simply become a Republican, I would still support him over Herbert. I cannot see Matheson ever giving the losing party a $13 million consolation prize.

  • JBrady Murray, Ut
    June 30, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    I can't complain about open pit coal mining, DOT payoffs, Three guest worker bills instead of the enforcement bills he promised Utah's citizens, or closing off stream access to Utah's fisherman, against a court ruling, so the state can buy access and charge the fishermen? A deal that will benefit the Ault family up Provo canyon, who received a bridge from the state to provide access to the now abandon Provo trail above Vivian Park.

    The Aults are Gary's relatives. There are plenty of reasons to vote against him.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    June 30, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    Herbert has proven himself to be a shill for the "cheap labor" lobby that wants to exploit illegal immigrants and continue to treat our borders like a holy sieve. This lines the pockets of these exploitative organizations, contributes to unemployment among legal US citizens, increases gang activity, and threatens the security of this State and this Nation. It is a direct threat to our way of life.

    Herbert should be placed among the unemployed so he knows whose interests he should have (but failed to) fight for.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 30, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    Re: Pagan | 8:32 a.m. June 30, 2011
    "Utah will vote Republican no matter what. They. Do."

    That's probably because a majority of Utahns believe in the sanctity of life and think unborn babies should have the same protections as any condemned man sitting on death row. When the Democrats come around to our way of thinking I'll be glad to vote for them.

  • LeonardL Sandy, UT
    June 30, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    Gov. Herbert is amazing when it comes to creating jobs, he has been a champion in
    bringing companies to the state of Utah, in my opinion he is an excellent governor! The roads and highways are constantly being improved he has kept Utah a very well streamline managed state, you really appreciate it more when you travel out of the state. He has my vote without a doubt.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    June 30, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    After all the Gov. has done in the past year to harm this state, still half of the people surveyed back him? I don't think so.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    I'm one of the "extremists" who think the Guv. should put the interests of ACTUAL LEGAL Utah citizens before those of illegal trespassers.

    16 months is plenty of time to find that person. But, possibly NOT ENOUGH time for the Chamber of Commerce to convince him/her that illegal aliens should COME FIRST!

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    Another questionable Dan Jones Poll? But truth be told you will not find a more staunch GOPer than myself and I would not vote for Herbert if he were running against Osama Bin Laden......He is a RINO who votes like a RINO....He doesn't deserve to represent the GOP...he will be defeated in the primary!

    Go Sandstrom

  • mkSdd3 Ogden, UT
    June 30, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    Pagan is incorrect. The population of Utah is not 45% democrat, but that is the percentage that would currently vote for Matheson. Utahans are more independent than Pagan is giving them credit for.

    The republican party really needs to look hard at who they nominate to run. Herbert is very beatable. Just putting the incumbent up is not a no-brainer in this case.

    I am not a registered republican, so take it for what its worth, I would vote Matheson over Herbert.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    Am I the only reader confused about this article? Which race does it refer to?

    "Gov. Gary Herbert would win a GOP primary election, a new poll shows, but it might be a different story if Utah's lone Democrat in Congress, Jim Matheson, gets in the race." But nowhere does the article explain which race? For senator? Congressman? Governor?

    I can only guess it is referring to the upcoming race for governor.

  • BoomerJeff Saint George, UT
    June 30, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    I would vote for Matheson over Herbert, because of Herbert's support of HB116. Jim Matheson at least "listens" to the will of the people, Herbert did not, he's toast.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2011 8:34 a.m.

    * 'State budget is $50M short of projection' - By Lisa Riley Roche - Deseret News - 09/08/10

    "This is good news, and shows that Utah continues to lead the nation in prudent fiscal management, careful budgeting and positive response from the private sector," the governor (Herbert) said.'

    *'Herbert seeks disaster declaration for Utah as a result of floods' - By Amy Joi O'Donoghue - DSNews - 01/21/11

    'SALT LAKE CITY Gov. Gary Herbert is asking President Barack Obama to declare Utah a major disaster in the wake of last month's storms that produced record-breaking precipitation in Kane and Washington counties.'

    *Gov. Herbert declares state of emergency as 2011 flood season nears climax By Ladd Brubaker DSNews 06/27/11

    The declaration will allow local officilas in areas affected by flooding to get help more quickly from agencies such as the Utah National Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Utah Division of Emergency Management spokesman Joe Dougherty.

    So much for not accepting 'federal funds'.

    1st in line for bailouts.

    $13 million in federal dollars wasted, while America struggles with debt.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    This is not a reflection on the leadership of either person.

    Utah will vote Republican no matter what. They. Do.

    *'E-mail raises new questions about influence of Herbert campaign contributions' - By John Daley and Lisa Riley Roche - Deseret News - 09/28/10

    Gov. Gary Herbert "should remember" that the construction company boss on his meeting schedule is a $50,000 first-time donor who wants to talk "about transportation construction and issues within the state."

    $13 MILLION federal dollars spent on the loosing bid. While America struggles with debt.

    Not six months later...

    *'Herbert signs records bill HB477 after rally for veto' - By Paul Koepp, Deseret News - 03/08/11

    'More than 100 people gathered near the steps leading up to...'

    Herbert tries to pass a bill that would FACTUALLY prevent you from reading his emails!

    Great 'servant of the people', right?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    He was not elected in the first place. He would never had been elected. Utah needs the counterbalance of another Mathieson.

  • County Resident Kearns, UT
    June 30, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    Go Jim Matheson. You are a stellar representative of the great state of Utah. You are balanced and responsible. I'd support you either way.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 30, 2011 6:17 a.m.

    The Democrats had every chance to vote Herbert out of office last November when Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon challenged him. As it was Herbert trounced Corroon 64.2% to 31.8%. Corroon couldn't even carry Salt Lake County.

    What hurt Corroon the most? Obama.

  • therev Bluffdale, UT
    June 30, 2011 2:34 a.m.

    The only description which crosses my mind to acknowledge Governor Herbert's leadership is " leadership by pushing a rope."

  • CJ Murray, UT
    June 29, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    Don't get your hopes up Gary, its a long way off and we aren't forgetting HB116, you can count on it. See how many of them can vote for you. Even if you legalize them they will vote for Democrats.

  • I say this Emery, UT
    June 29, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    If Matheson would make a committment to public education instead of the smoke and mirrors approach the Utah Legislature makes.....I think he would win. We are not preparing our children for the future....we're barely getting them by.

  • Abe Sarvis Cedar City, UT
    June 29, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    With all due respect, Herbert did not prove he is an "astute campaigner" by beating Coorroon - but Corroon did prove that he is a really monumentally lousy campaigner.

    Regardless, an interesting conundrum for Republicans - give Jim a safe Congressional district, or try to gerrymander him out of Congress and perhaps end up with him in the governor's mansion.

  • Woodyff Mapleton, UT
    June 29, 2011 8:05 p.m.

    Another Dan Jones poll? Or just as bad, KSL/DesNews. You can't trust these polls. But I won't be surprised when a real conservative challenges Herbert.

  • Conner Johnson
    June 29, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    Herbert told the people of Utah he would not seek re-election after Gov. Huntsman left. Lied to your faces about that. Gave away 13 million dollars that could have gone anywhere else than where it did. Tried to do Utah wrong with the GRAMA act. Backfired for sure. Time to move away from the GOP that has oppressed this great state, and time to move toward the open-minded side of things. Thanks for nothing Gary :)

  • Conner Johnson
    June 29, 2011 7:47 p.m.


  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    June 29, 2011 7:34 p.m.

    Maybe Herbert need to give out more 13 million $ contracts fir doing nothing in order to secure more votes.