Members of the Provo/Orem business community have been advised to study the issues and consider possible changes in the way they do politics.
Pollster Dan Jones, speaking to a capacity crowd at the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce all-member meeting at the Holiday Inn, said he was impressed with the knowledge voters in Utah County have."Utah County is one of the most well-informed counties in the state," Jones said. "For our system to survive, we've got to be informed. There is more potential leadership in this county per capita than any other place in the state."
Jones said that Utahns' major concern should be the current primary system adopted by the Republican party, spotlighting moments in Utah State history when this form of system came into play.
"The biggest question is, will legislators in January look at changing the primary system?" he said.
The atmosphere in Utah County politics has changed over the past two years, Jones said. What used to be the No. 1 issue is no longer the major concern of residents.
"According to the polls, the No. 1 issue in Utah County is education, then clean air," Jones said. "When polled, 80 percent said Geneva Steel should not shut down, but continue to work hard on cleaning up."
During his hourlong speech, Jones also encouraged local leadership to "seriously look at the consolidation of Orem and Provo."
Reflecting on Fortune magazine's high rating of Salt Lake City as the No. 1 place for business in the '90s, Jones said that this also reflects the Utah County area.
"You (citizens of Utah County) have done common things uncommonly well," Jones said.
One thing Utah County residents are good at is being Republican. "Utah isn't the one-party state it's credited to be," Jones said. "But Utah County may be."
Jones said that he loved to watch the political campaigning process in Utah County, but he also warned that the only way to campaign is the old-fashioned way.
"The best campaigning is door-to-door, where you can look them in the eye," he said, obviously taking a jab at the debating frenzy in the 3rd Congressional District race.