Poll shows Utahns have mixed feelings on Huntsman-Herbert transition

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SALT LAKE CITY -- With Gov. Jon Huntsman getting ready to leave, Utah is in the midst of a transition of power. On Monday, Huntsman outlined how that transition will look as Lt. Governor Gary Herbert takes office.

No one at the top levels of Utah government, from the governor's office to the Legislature, seems too worried about Huntsman leaving and Herbert taking over, but an exclusive Dan Jones poll for KSL and the Deseret News shows most shows the public is a little less enthused.

The vast majority of those polled, 79 percent, say they approve of the governor's decision to be the nation's next ambassador to China. But, what about Utah's future governor, Gary Herbert?

"It's my nature to be a consensus builder, to bring people together, to find solutions that we all can agree upon," Herbert said in Monday's news conference.

Our poll shows voters have just lukewarm confidence in Herbert to take the reins as governor: 48 percent responded Herbert is "probably" qualified to be the state's next executive officer.

In fact, less than half could even identify Herbert as the current lieutenant governor: 42 percent could, but 54 percent could not.

For more results from our poll, click on the photo gallery to the right.

E-mail: rpiatt@ksl.com


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