A recent poll reveals that former President Donald Trump is losing support among Utah voters.
Polling by Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll showed that Trump’s support in Utah has dwindled, with voters — including Republicans — selecting his biggest rival and outspoken GOP critic before him.
The Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll also shows that the majority of voters — six in ten — view the former President unfavorably.
The polling figures released on Saturday (December 3) showed that when respondents were asked, “If the presidential primary were held today, who would you vote for?” Only 14.6 percent of participants chose Trump.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) came in first with 24.2 percent support, followed by Trump’s most outspoken critic, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who received 16.4 percent support, a further 20.7 percent of respondents indicated they didn’t know who they’d vote for.
When the question was asked to respondents who self-identify as Republican voters, Trump fared better, only beaten by DeSantis. The same was true among the 74.8 percent of respondents who indicated they would vote in the primaries.
Trump received 18.8 percent support, only beaten by DeSantis at 28.9 percent.
The poll conducted between November 18 — 23, 2022, came three days after Trump announced his third bid for the White House at his Palm Beach, Florida home.
According to the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, Jason Perry, the poll suggests the former President’s influence is on the decline.
He noted that the extent of the decline meant Republicans in Utah would now consider a different candidate to Trump.
This is a stark contrast to 2020 when Trump won every county in Utah by a wide margin.
Perry also pointed out how the former President’s influence decline didn’t only extend to voters but other politicians — noting that a Trump endorsement once pined after was no longer appealing.