A. Scott Anderson: Business leaders in Utah enjoy higher favorability than politicians

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  • 1Observer Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 8, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    The poll results are not all that surprising and they do reflect one consistent dichotomy - the people polled ranked our DC politicians from Utah high on the favorability rating but ranked Congress on the whole as unfavorable. If this poll were conducted in any other state the results would be similar - everyone hates Congress but loves their local DC politicians. I guess people don't realize their locally elected DC politician, while a nice person, is a part of the larger problem of Congress and their lack of accountability to the American people. If your local member of Congress or your US Senators aren't actively working to change things in DC by reducing the federal deficit, reforming broken entitlement programs, fixing the immigration system, shifting responsibility back to the states, ending the partisan bickering and honoring their commitment to serve the people who elected them and not the special interests so pervasive in Washington, then they are a part of the problem and don't deserve our respect or a favorable rating in a poll. We all need to wake up and critically examine the people we are voting into office, starting at the conventions this month.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 27, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    "Business leaders in Utah enjoy higher favorability than politicians"

    Well . . . yeah. But why should that be a surprise?

    Politicians are part of government, and people, especially "Conservatives," have been conditioned to dislike and distrust government.

    Everyone, no matter what position they occupy on the political spectrum, is going to resent, at least a little, any entity that can boss them around.

    And that's what government does. It makes people adhere to rules for the good of society.

    Political leaders are part of this thing that can and does boss you around, and thus can be quite unpopular, especially in Conservative states.

    Generally speaking, a government that offers good governance is going to promote and provide for the general welfare. But wannabe plutocrats see a zero-sum situation, where they lose power as the average citizen gains power.

    These plutocrats, through "Conservative" propaganda, have successfully indoctrinated citizens into making personal sacrifices that enrich the already rich at the expense of everyone else. And thus we have the current artificially heightened distrust of government . . . Good for the plutocrats . . . Bad for everyone else.

  • Paul Savage Highland, UT
    March 26, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    The article notes that some of those listed in the survey "are not well known" and therefore didn't get included in the final results as being among the "most respected." But we should remember that name recognition is not a necessary criterion for respectability, and the author of this article is a perfect example of that point. So much of what Scott Anderson does is couched under the name of Zions Bank, but it is hard for anyone who knows even a fraction of what he contributes in service to the community to imagine that Scott would not be listed among the top 10. Then again, if he were, he wouldn't have written the article, because that is how he is,and that is why the limitations of this kind of polling should be recognized. What we see, then, is more a reflection of widely "publicized" service, coupled with name recognition for personal or family philanthropy. Don't get me wrong, I think everyone I have met that is on the list belongs there, but when even Scott Anderson doesn't make the short list, I am not sure the poll is as useful as it could be.