State Treasurer Edward Alter, a Republican, still trails Democratic Salt Lake County Treasurer Arthur Monson by a wide margin, a new Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows.
The two-term Alter, who is seeking a third term, gets only 18 percent of the vote, Jones found. Monson, who is also a long-time officeholder, gets 44 percent of the vote. Thirty-seven percent were undecided, Jones found.
Traditionally, Utahns don't know their state treasurer well and often vote for party affiliation.
"The Alter name is not well known in Utah, and the Monson name is. It's all name identification," Alter said recently.
In a poll taken six weeks ago, Monson got 48 percent of the vote, Alter 18 percent and 34 percent were undecided. So Monson has dropped a bit, byt Alter hasn't moved up yet.
Alter and Republican State Auditor Tom Allen and Attorney General David Wilkinson plan to pool some campaign funds in an attempt to make themselves better known to voters.
Jones also polled on the auditor race, but since the Democratric candidate Jim Davis is leaving that race to be Ted Wilson's lieutenant governor running mate - and the Democrats haven't yet replaced Davis - the Allen-Davis poll is no longer relevant.
If the election for state treasurer were held today and the candidates were Edward Alter, Republican, and Arthur Monson, Democrat, for whom would you vote?
Alter 18 percent
Monson 44 percent
Don't know 37 percent
Sample size: 607; margin of error plus or minus 4 percent