Most Utah voters think President Bush should choose a new running mate in 1992, according to the 1990 KBYU-Utah Colleges Exit Poll.
"By a margin of 57 to 43 percent, Utahns feel Quayle should be dropped from the ticket," reports David Magleby, a Brigham Young University political science professor and organizer of Tuesday's exit poll."Quayle's average popularity rating was 3.63, which means 51 percent of voters gave a negative response to the vice president," he said.
In contrast, Magleby said President Bush has an approval rating of 4.98, on a scale of one to seven, which means 71 percent of voters react positively to the president.
When asked about Quayle's lack of popularity and impact on the campaign of Republican candidate Karl Snow, Utah Sen. Jake Garn said he thought the vice president's Utah visit didn't help Snow.
"I don't think that bringing people in has a great deal of influence one way or another," Garn said, adding that he has not brought in outside endorsements for his own campaign in recent years. Garn said Utahns' negative view of Quayle is unfortunate and primarily due to unfair press coverage.
"Well, it doesn't surprise me considering the hatchet job the national press did on him two years ago. I think it was terribly unfair," he said.
Magleby says such a poor approval rating for Quayle in a largely Republican state is not good news for the 1992 Bush-Quayle ticket, especially after Tuesday's poor showing nationally by Republican incumbents and challengers.