The Republican presidential ticket of George Bush and Dan Quayle is increasing its lead in Utah, the latest Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows.
Dan Jones & Associates found in an Oct. 3-6 survey that the Bush/Quayle ticket now leads Democrats Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen by 66 to 27 percent.A month ago, Bush lead Dukakis 59-31 percent. So, Bush has increased his support in Utah and Dukakis has faltered.
Jones found in an earlier survey, taken just after the Democratic National Convention and before the GOP convention, that Dukakis had pulled within five points of Bush in Utah.
But the vice president shot forward after his well-received speech in New Orleans and continues to head toward a huge victory in Utah.
Dukakis, trailing Bush in most national polls, won't waste any time in Utah, a state he will clearly lose. It is questionable whether Bentsen will visit the state, either. Dukakis attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Salt Lake City last June.
Bush also won't be coming before the election, most believe. He needs to spend his time in the big states still up for grabs. Utah is a lock for Bush. Quayle visited just after the New Orleans convention, and he probably won't be back, either.
Quayle is considered by some to be a liability. While most Utahns say Quayle's selection as a running mate makes no difference to them in picking who they'll vote for for president, 15 percent did say Quayle on the ticket makes them less likely to vote for Bush and 8 percent said Quayle makes them more likely to vote for Bush.
Bentsen clearly has a less negative impact on Dukakis. Fourteen percent said the choice of Bentsen makes them more likely to vote for Dukakis; only 6 percent said it makes them less likely to vote for him.
If the election for president and vice president of the United States were held today, for whom would you vote?
George Bush/Dan Quayle (R) 66 percent
Michael Dukakis/Lloyd Bentsen (D) 27 percent
Other 2 percent
Don't know 5 percent
Does Dan Quayle as a running mate make you more or less likely to vote for Bush?
More likely to vote for Bush 8 percent
Makes no difference 59 percent
Less likely to vote for Bush 15 percent
Wouldn't vote for Bush anyway 16 percent
Don't know 1 percent
Does Lloyd Bentsen make you more or less likely to vote for Dukakis?
More likely to vote for Dukakis 14 percent
Makes no difference 39 percent
Less likely to vote for Dukakis 6 percent
Wouldn't vote for Dukakis anyway 39 percent
Don't know 2 percent
Sample size: 900; margin of error plus or minus 3.2 percent