-Utah voters are ready for Orrin Hatch to move on. They're closely divided in feelings about his job performance, with 41% approving of him to 43% who disapprove. But when it comes to the question of whether he should run for another term in 2018, just 19% say Hatch should seek reelection to 71% who think he should retire. There's bipartisan consensus when it comes to Hatch's future with Republicans (62/27), independents (80/10), and Democrats (84/9) all thinking that he should call it quits when this term is up.
-Utah might be one of the most conservative states in the country, but we still find that voters there side with Democrats on a variety of key issues:
*81% of voters in the state support background checks on all gun purchases, to only 13% who oppose them. That includes support from 90% of Democrats, 79% of independents, and 78% of Republicans.
*78% of voters in the state support barring those on the Terror Watch List from buying guns, to only 12% who are opposed to that. There's support from 84% of Democrats, 78% of Republicans, and 73% of independents for closing the terror gap.
*65% of voters in the state think the Senate should move forward with hearings on Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court, to only 16% who are opposed to them. 87% of Democrats, 67% of independents, and 57% of Republicans support hearings for Garland.
*65% of voters in the state think there should be an independent commission for redistricting, to only 15% who think legislators should draw their own district lines. 78% of independents, 73% of Democrats, and 55% of Republicans support independent redistricting.
*64% of voters in the state support legalizing medical marijuana, to only 24% opposed to it. That includes support from 86% of Democrats, 71% of independents, and 53% of Republicans.
*61% of voters in the state support increasing the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour, including 86% of Democrats, 61% of independents, and 52% of Republicans.
*52% of voters in the state support expanding Medicaid, to only 27% opposed to it. Support from Democrats (90/5) and independents (56/30) for Medicaid Expansion is pretty overwhelming and even Republicans (37/34) narrowly support it.