State delegates are charged with selecting primary candidates, but surprisingly little is known about these delegates’ opinions on important issues in Utah. Earlier this month, Sutherland Institute sent out an email survey to Republican state delegates. Seven hundred ten (20 percent) of the delegates responded. Below are a few notable findings from the survey:
Sixty-nine percent of Republican state delegates think that Utah is headed in the right direction.
Delegates approve of the work of the Utah Legislature at a rate of 62.2 percent. They approve of their representatives at just as high a rate, 61.6 percent.
Unsurprisingly, immigration continues to be a divisive issue, even among Republican state delegates. In this survey we found that 41.4 percent support HB 116, while 41.2 percent oppose the new law.
Another controversial bill, HB 477 (the GRAMA amendments bill) had only 18.9 percent supporting while 35.6 percent of delegates opposed it.
When asked to rank issues of importance, Republican delegates chose government spending as the most important issue (80.7 percent support a constitutional spending limit). Job growth ranked second, followed by immigration.
With delegates serving two-year terms, slightly more than half (50.6 percent) of Republican delegates are in their first term of service.
Utah State Democratic Party leadership did not respond to Sutherland’s requests to send this email survey to Democratic state delegates.
*Update: Here is the age distribution of survey respondents…