After Utah Data Points released a story a few days ago claiming that Utahns don’t know much about their government, Utah Political Capitol decided to conduct our own poll to see if we could replicate their results. Our conclusion? Yeah.. we really don’t.
Just over 350 people took our little 10 question poll yesterday. We asked respondents to name elected officials or their titles, about recent major legislation, recent statewide elections, Utah history, and even one geography question for good measure. All questions were multiple choice.
Admittedly, UPC’s audience is heavily slanted towards Utah politicos, which skews our results (at last count, 19 of our respondents were legislators). But as we watched the numbers come in, the vast majority of scores were either 100% or under 30%. There was very little in the middle.
Of the 357 responses, the average score was 67%. If you haven’t taken it yet, you can still do so by clicking here.
Here’s the breakdown:
When asked who the current governor of Utah is, 5% answered incorrectly. The most common wrong answer was Orrin Hatch.
When asked who currently represents Utah’s 2nd congressional district, 50% could not name Representative Stewart.
37% did not know who is the current president of the Utah Senate.
51% could not correctly identify the current leadership of the House Democrats. Although interestingly, the most popular wrong answer was the 2010-2012 leadership team.
48% were unable to say which two candidates faced each other in the 2012 general election for Attorney General. The most popular wrong answer was John Swallow vs. Mark Shurtleff.
When asked what year Utah became a state, 28% marked 1847 or other incorrect answers.
19% were unaware that HB76 (a bill that would have eliminated the need for a licence to conceal a firearm) had passed the legislature in 2013, but was then vetoed by the governor.
And as if to add insult to injury, 44% of respondents could not correctly identify the current chairmen of the Utah Republican and Democratic parties.
For the record: James Evans and Jim Dabakis.