What makes a Utah Democrat?

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – On Super Tuesday Utahns will have the opportunity to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primaries.

In past elections, Utah has been largely viewed as a red state. According to the Pew Research Center, 30 percent of Utah adults identify as or lean Democrat. ABC4.com reached out to college students from various universities to find out their views on “What makes a Utah Democrat?”

The answers we received were mixed…

“I think there are a lot more Utah Democrats than is advertised that are born and raised here and come from here, and Salt Lake is a very democratic city, as a whole very liberal.”

Some thought of the stereotypes…

“The opposite of Utah conservative, so I’ll think of a non- LDS, lives in a large city, does not live in the rural communities, probably not religious.”

“Usually a little more concerned with public health, public thriving in terms of economics, school and all that. ”

Related: What makes a Utah Republican.

Others had differing opinions…

“I guess just people that are sick of the way things are and want things to change.”

“When I think of a Utah Democrat the first thing that comes to mind is just bravery, because growing up in a place that’s soo strongly conservative.”

“Someone that is kinda for the people, and believe in human rights, and also believes in alien rights where it like minority rights and same with women’s rights…”

ABC4.com also reached out to other students to find out their views on “What makes a Utah Republican?” Click here to learn more.


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For this Beetdigger and Ute it’s an honor to be doing what he loves in his home state! Glen is an award-winning journalist, who joined the ABC4 News team in June 2013. You can catch him anchoring ABC4 News at 5 and 6, Monday through Friday. He also serves as our Senior Political Correspondent, keeping you up to date on issues that impact your life at the city, state and national level. His political reports run throughout the week, and he hosts Inside Utah Politics, Sunday mornings at 8. The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Glen as the best government and military television reporter in the state. Before returning home to Utah, he spent 11 1/2 years developing his journalism skills in other states. He held various on-air and management positions at KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho, WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado during that time. Read More...

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