The U.S. Senate and 3rd Congressional District races have widened, the 1st District race narrowed a bit and the 2nd District race stayed the same over the pastmonth, a new Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows.
Pollster Dan Jones & Associates found that Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch has increased his lead over Democrat Brian Moss. Hatch now leads Moss 70-23 percent, a 47-point margin.In the 3rd District, Rep. Howard Nielson has gained 10 points on Democrat Robert Stringham over the past month. Nielson now leads Stringham 62-22 percent.
In the 1st District, where Rep. Jim Hansen is once again challenged by Democrat Gunn McKay, Hansen leads 51-42 percent. A month ago, Jones found Hansen ahead of McKay 51-41 percent.
And Rep. Wayne Owens, the only Democrat in the Utah delegation, leads Republican Richard Snelgrove 55-33 percent, the same 22-point lead Owens had a month ago.
If McKay can't make up the difference in the next four weeks - and with the other incumbents looking unbeatable - Utah will send the same four men in January to the new, 101st U.S. Congress.
Hatch clearly wasn't harmed by his controversial comment about Democrats being the party of homosexuals. Since he made that statement, he's increased hislead over Moss by five points.
And Owens wasn't hurt by Utah State Republican Party bringing an ethics violation charge against him. GOP State Chairman Craig Moody claimed that Owens violated House ethics in his use of a UP&L lobbyist in drafting CUP funding legislation. Owens denies the charges. The House Ethics Committee dismissed the complaint on a technicality several weeks ago.
Snelgrove and Moss have both tried to pin their opponents on those two incidents, but neither have made up any ground on the leading incumbents.
If the election for U.S. senator were held today, for whom would you vote?
Orrin Hatch (Republican) 70 percent
Brian Moss (Democrat) 23 percent
Robert J. Smith (American Party) 1 percent
Other 1 percent
Don't know 5 percent
If the election for representative in the 1st Congressional District were held today, for whom would you vote?
Jim Hansen (R) 51 percent
Gunn McKay (D) 42 percent
Don't know 6 percent
If the election for representative in the 2nd Congressional District were held today, for whom would you vote?
Wayne Owens (D) 55 percent
Richard Snelgrove (R) 33 percent
Michael Lee (Libertarian) 2 percent
Other 1 percent
Don't know 9 percent
If the election for representative in the 3rd Congressional District were held today, for whom would you vote?
Howard Nielson (R) 62 percent
Robert Stringham (D) 22 percent
E. Dean Christensen (Am. Party) 4 percent
Don't know 12 percent
Sample size: For the Senate race, 900; margin of error plus or minus 3.2 percent. For the House races, 300; margin of error plus or minus 5.5 percent.