AP VoteCast: Utah voters mixed on state of nation

All ballots for the 2020 Election should be dropped into the County Ballots by 8 p.m. Nov.3 at 8 p.m.

Voters in Utah made their pick for president while holding mixed views about the country’s direction, according to an expansive AP survey of the American electorate.

The race between President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden concluded Tuesday as the nation remains in the throes of a global public health crisis and mired in the economic downturn it brought on. AP VoteCast found that 47% of Utah voters said the U.S. is on the right track and 52% of voters said it is headed in the wrong direction.

Here’s a snapshot of who voted and what matters to them, based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast, a nationwide survey of about 133,000 voters and nonvoters — including 1,696 voters and 359 nonvoters in Utah — conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.


In the race for president, Trump was roughly even with Biden among voters under 45 but older voters were more likely to prefer Trump.

Trump led among voters without a college degree. Trump and Biden were about tied among college-educated voters.

Voters in cities were more likely to back Biden over Trump. Suburban voters modestly preferred Trump over Biden. Voters in small towns and rural areas were more likely to favor Trump.


In the race for governor, Spencer Cox had an advantage over Chris Peterson among both voters under 45 and older voters.

Both voters without a college degree and college-educated voters were more likely to prefer Cox.

Voters in cities leaned toward Peterson over Cox but both suburban voters and voters in small towns and rural areas were more likely to favor Cox.


The coronavirus pandemic has spread through the U.S. for roughly eight months, killing more than 230,000 Americans. Overall, 19% of voters said the virus in the U.S. is completely or mostly under control, and 34% said it’s somewhat under control. Forty-seven percent of voters think the coronavirus is not at all under control in this country.


The coronavirus pandemic and the economy were top of mind for many voters in Utah. Thirty-six percent said the coronavirus pandemic is the most important issue facing the country today. Thirty-five percent named the economy.

Seven percent named health care, 5% named climate change and 4% named racism.


Voters were slightly positive in their assessments of the nation’s economy. Overall, 53% described economic conditions in the U.S. as excellent or good, and 47% called them not so good or poor.


Among registered voters who chose not to cast a ballot in Utah, 25% said that was because they don’t like politics generally, 23% said their vote doesn’t matter and 13% said they don’t know enough about the candidates’ positions.

In Utah, 79% of nonvoters were younger than 45 and 82% did not have a college degree.

AP created this story automatically using results from AP VoteCast, a survey of the American electorate conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for Fox News, NPR, PBS NewsHour, Univision News, USA Today Network, The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press. The survey of 1,696 voters in Utah was conducted for eight days, concluding as polls closed. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. The survey combines a random sample of registered voters drawn from the state voter file and self-identified registered voters selected from nonprobability online panels. The margin of sampling error for voters is estimated to be plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. Find more details about AP VoteCast’s methodology at https://ap.org/votecast.


For AP’s complete coverage of the U.S. presidential elections: https://apnews.com/hub/election-2020

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1 Comment

  • Barnabus November 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm Reply

    All I know is that no matter who wins the election. Our current president will be written into the history books as a whinny b#$tch! I for one am embarrassed that out of 330 million people, these two individuals are the best that the Republicans and Democrats can put forth. If you on the right are so willing to sacrifice your morality to get what you want politicly. Then you deserve to loose your culture war as your way of life is rendered defunct by your own actions.

    I am a life long republican and a never trumper.

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