A recent poll by the non-partisan "Utah Foundation" proves why the best choice for Utah governor this year IS the Governor. Governor Herbert's focus on jobs, economic development, education, infrastructure, and energy development is right in line with what Utahn's expect from their Governor.
Interesting. While I could find information about economic development, education, infrastructure, and energy development on Herbert's Issues page, I also found information about economic development, education, infrastructure, and energy development on Peter Corroon's Vision page.
Note that infrastructure was not listed as one of the top 10 issues identified by the Utah Foundation poll, which can be found here.
As far as differences on the issues go, that's a post for a later date. However, I do want to point out a couple of things that are big changes in how people felt compared to 2008.
Is Utah's Quality of life better than five years ago?
Much Better 3% (7%)
Somewhat Better 13% (30%)
About The Same 37% (37%)
Somewhat Worse 41% (17%)
Much Worse 4% (5%)
Don't Know 2% (4%)
(Numbers in parentheses from 2008)
I wonder how the numbers would have looked last year at the start of Herbert's ascending to the Governor's seat.
Granted, those numbers somewhat reflect the general state of the economy. However, let's take a look at right track/wrong track numbers:
Is Utah Headed in the Right Direction?
Right Track: 51% (68%) [65%]
Wrong Track: 36% (20%) [23%]
Don't Know: 13% (13%) [12%]
(Numbers in parentheses from 2008)[Numbers in brackets from 2004]
So, significantly fewer people think Utah's headed in the right direction than did just two years ago, before Gary Herbert took over as Governor.