Vice President George Bush has shot way ahead of Democrat Michael Dukakis among Utah voters in their battle for the presidency, the latest Desert News/KSL-TV poll shows.

In early August, buoyed by his national convention speech, Dukakis had closed to within 5 points of Bush, 46-41 percent, found pollster Dan Jones & Associates.

But Utah is Republican country, and after his well-received speech at last month's Republican National Convention, Bush has jumped to a 59-31 percent lead over Dukakis, Jones found in a Sept. 6-8 poll. Three percent of those questioned said they favored someone else for the presidency and 8 percent didn't know who they would vote for.

Bush now holds a 28-point lead in Utah, the state that gave the Reagan-Bush ticket the largest majorities in 1980 and 1984.