Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – The tide seems to be turning in Utah for presumptive GOP Nominee, Donald Trump.
A new poll finds people in our state are coming around to him. As early as last month polls indicated Utah could go blue in November for the first time since 1964, but the new poll tells a different story. As he crosses the country to campaign for president, Trump is stirring strong emotions from supporters.
“I like him. He’s bold and I love it. One, he’s not a politician. And two, I think we need someone who actually knows business,” said Adam Faldmo.
Opponents have equally strong feelings.
“He’s a racist, and a bigot and I don’t like him,” said Sarah Charles.
On caucus night in Utah Trump finished a distant third, but now that he’s the last man standing on the Republican side he appears to be making headway.
“Every single time one of the candidates dropped out of the race, it had an impact on republicans and their desire or willingness to vote for Donald Trump,” said Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Jason Perry.
A Utahpolicy.com survey asked Utah voters who they would vote for if the General Election were held today.
One question pinned Trump against Hillary Clinton, the other Trump against Bernie Sanders. It finds Trump has a 13 point lead over Clinton, 43% to 30%. The lead over Sanders isn’t as big, but Trump still wins 43% to 37%.
“The closer you get to the actual day of voting the parties tend to unify behind their candidates. There’s some things where you can say, well I don’t really love these parts of the candidate, but the alternative is just something I can’t handle,” said Perry.
This is a big shift from the same poll last month that had Sanders beating Trump, and Trump and Clinton in a tie.