Owens' pollster says new poll shows 'deep vulnerabilities' for Mia Love

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  • Democrat Provo, UT
    July 30, 2014 1:31 p.m.

    "Owens is a stay-at-home Dad with hardly any political credentials other than being the son of a former Congressman"

    No, Owens was accepted to Yale Law School and has decades of experience and a good reputation. He was a stay at home dad for 3 years while his wife did her pediatrician residency. Personally, I consider that a plus.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    July 29, 2014 8:51 p.m.

    I'll happily endorse the first one that has a practical, good idea.

    I'm serious. I've done some reading on each of the candidates and can't say that either one has an original idea, just platitudes.

    So my endorsement is up for grabs. Supports of either candidate are welcomed to chime in and pass along a practical, workable idea that your candidate is passionate about.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 29, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    Deep vulnerabilities

    Aren’t they talking about Owens’ party affiliation? I know of no greater disability / vulnerability than that.

    “But after voters were read brief biographies of each candidate that did not include party affiliation…”

    Why are they trying to hide what Owens is? And who wrote the biographies?

    “Owens said he expects a boost in fundraising from the new poll numbers”

    This is just a fund-raising stunt. I guess that’s what dems do now to raise funds, make up far-fetched fantasies

    On the other hand
    I think Utah is MUCH better served by the GOP than MD is by the dems.

    It was BO and harry that shut down the government. The house passed bills to keep it open, harry would not allow a vote.

    CF Mom,
    So if there was too much iron in your water, you’d add arsenic to have balance?

    There you go again
    Trouble reading? pretty sure you have it backwards

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    July 29, 2014 12:27 p.m.

    Owens and his team are racists and they probably only polled racists. If they aren't racists, then they hate women and are only running so that Mia Love will have to stay home with her family. Anybody who disagrees with that is a racist who hates women.

  • MansGame Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2014 12:09 p.m.

    These comments are so old and tired. Only Republicans win (Wasn't Jim a D?) I'm his neighbor and I don't support most of his views but he heard my issues and we had some common ground. As for the all republicans / mormons win, that's coming to an end. This state is in a state of transformation, especially Salt Lake. Let's just focus on getting someone who has leadership experience, wants what we want as the "governed" and hold their feet to the fire. I know both candidates (at arms length Owens from our neighborhood and Mia from her time as Mayor of Saratoga) and they both have good traits and ideas but I support Mia for her willingness to break the molds and stereotypes and try to simplify government and move us towards more freedom instead of all of this regulatory nonsense and government in every aspect of our lives. When are we going to have intelligent debate instead of name calling, labeling and hurling old noise at candidates instead? Too much real work needs to get done, stop wasting time regurgitating old political fodder.

    Wait, here come the trolls to call me uninformed.

  • MaryHthwy Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    Political polling is a partisan, biased, and wholly non trustworthy source of information. I used to work for a market research firm and there was a huge difference between true unbiased research and political research. Political polling is usually about convincing the respondent to think a certain way versus trying to find out what they independently think. Political polling is usually about moving a campaign agenda - not really research at all.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    July 29, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    Owens is the best choice to further the Obama policies and record for "fundamentally transforming America." After all, everybody knows that the historical values, ideals, and traditions of America are outdated and need changing. Good progressive Democrats like Owens, Reid, Pelosi, and Obama are the best people to bring about such fundamental change and do away with the nonsense of American exceptionalism once and for all. Please vote for Owens because the Democrats have the answer -- the evidence is in the great things America has accomplished in the last six years since the Democrats have gained control of the Presidency and the Senate. Go Owens!

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    July 29, 2014 7:17 a.m.

    To quote Gomer Pyle, "Surprise, Surprise, Surprise." A liberal polling firm coming out with these results. Geez, who would have thought. I went to this company's web site and found that their political clients, with the exception of Ben Nighthorse Campbell (who started life as a Democrat) were all Democrats. It was a who's who of Democrat candidates over the last 30 years.

    My guess that the margin in real life is 25% or more. Owens shouldn't be crowing so much. He's going to get stomped.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 28, 2014 11:53 p.m.

    The usual Republican campaign tactic is to engage in personal attacks and misrepresent the positions and experience of Democrats.

    Excellent point.


  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 28, 2014 9:49 p.m.

    Let me translate "Mia Love's "vulnerabilities."

    The usual Democrat campaign tactic is to engage in personal attacks and misrepresent the positions and experience of Republicans, especially conservatives.

    The mere thought of a strong, conservative, black Republican woman in Congress is a real threat to the powerful Democrats who depend on convincing minorities that only Democrat "free stuff" programs will help them. They cannot allow Mia Love to be elected because she would be such a threat to them, just by being there.

    Ironically, if Mia Love was running as a Democrat, we could be sure that they would claim that anyone who would not vote for her was some sort of racist.

  • CF Mom Sandy, UT
    July 28, 2014 6:26 p.m.

    I am generally an R leaning independent. However I strongly believe that Utah is not well served by having a Congressional delegation all of the same party, R or D. The state needs eyes and ears on both sides of the aisle to represent us in party caucus meetings, otherwise we have no voice were many decisions are made on legislative content, which bills make it to the floor etc. Voters should seriously consider candidates from both parties, beyond the letter behind their name, including how the state will best be represented. I will be voting for Mr. Owens for many reasons, only one of which is to have a voice in "that other" caucus. It is in the best interest of the state I love.

  • Edyag South Jordan, UT
    July 28, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    And coming from Detroit where only those with a "D" behind their name were elected...I will go for the "R" any day.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    July 28, 2014 4:47 p.m.

    So Mia Love will win by 30 points rather than 40 points. What's the difference? Owens is a stay-at-home Dad with hardly any political credentials other than being the son of a former Congressman. Big deal. The fact that he has a "D" behind his political affiliation will insure his loss this November.

  • Democrat Provo, UT
    July 28, 2014 4:40 p.m.

    If Matheson could win in 2012 there is no reason Owens can't win this year. Had Love ran as a moderate, solutions oriented candidate in 2012, then serious voters might be giving her a second look now. But instead she ran out and hired Orin Hatch's campaign manager and is trying to distance herself from Mike Lee. Even if we could trust her switcheroo, it doesn't bold well for finding a strong leader. The GOP needs leaders right now and I'm not going to be splitting my ticket for those who stick their finger in the wind and only want to win elections.

    I too have met Mr. Owens...good guy...moderate...

  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    July 28, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    Utah has not been well served by Tea Party members, with the most notable issue being last year's government shutdown, orchestrated by none other than Mike Lee. Maybe more Utahns are beginning to realize they can do better.

  • Beaver Native St. George, UT
    July 28, 2014 4:22 p.m.

    I am wondering who wrote the biographies? Was it someone in the Owens campaign? How did they ensure impartiality? While I am not a fan of either because of last campaigns' mudslinging, the way the biographies were written could have greatly influenced the outcome. The fact that the poll was done for the Owens campaign does little to assure me that the poll was accurate.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    July 28, 2014 4:17 p.m.

    As we all know, "polls" are used/manipulated by ALL parties and causes. In this case, it probably will help Mr. Owens get funding that he might not otherwise have gotten. NOBODY wants to donate to a "losing" cause; so......."losing" candidates will do anything/everything they can to try to manipulate data - for campaign contributions.

    BOTH sides do it BTW.

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    July 28, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    I won't be able to vote in this race, but I hope Owens wins. Regardless of his party affiliation, he is clearly the better candidate. Any person who does any real investigation would know this. However, Love will most likely win because of her party affiliation... not what she actually knows.

    Sad state of the political world we live in.

    July 28, 2014 3:44 p.m.

    I would love to think that Owens could win, but I doubt it. I have met him on four different occasions and he is a wonderful man. But in Utah the person with an R after their name gets to win. It doesn't matter who they are, what they do, what their history is, what their qualifications are, or anything else. The person with the R after their name will win. Again. As always.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    July 28, 2014 2:59 p.m.

    Sir Robin, there is nothing wrong with Mr. Owen's statement.

    Republicans think you ought to vote for them just because they're Republican. The one-party system has not served our State particularly well, as evidenced by charges recently filed against previous officials of high stature.

    How has it worked for California? Are things rosy there?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 28, 2014 2:11 p.m.

    "As a sixth-generation Utahn and Salt Lake City native, I understand what's important to Utahns" said Owens.

    Why don't you just come out and say "I'm Mormon, so vote for me"? It would be more intellectually honest than the statement above.

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    July 28, 2014 1:31 p.m.

    Surprise! Each candidate thinks they are winning!