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Poll: Vote Up For Grabs for Nearly One Third of Utahns

Poll: Vote Up For Grabs for Nearly One Third of Utahns

Posted - Aug. 30, 2004 at 9:59 p.m.



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John Daley reportingWith the national GOP Convention underway, nearly a third of Utahns polled say their vote is still up for grabs.

That's according to an exclusive new KSL-TV poll done by Survey USA.

Many Utah Republicans, including some state officials, are in New York for the GOP convention.

Meantime, our poll finds a majority of Utahns will watch at least part of the convention, while a large percentage won't watch at all.

The Olympics are over, but the political competition goes on. The GOP convention is this week. The question--will you watch?

Paul Marshall/ Salt Lake City Resident: "Well, I would if I could. I have to work tonight."

An exclusive new KSL/Survey USA poll finds most Utahns will watch at least some. 11 percent,gavel to gavel. 46 percent an hour a night. But 42 percent won't watch at all.

Bush versus Kerry--most have an unwavering opinion, but nearly a third could switch.

68 percent of those polled say they're certain who they'll vote for--nothing will change their mind. But 30 percent say they may change, depending on what happens between now and election day.

Only 1 percent say they won't vote.

73 percent predict Bush will win. 24% say Kerry, a number that's down six points from when we asked the question a month ago.

Michael Swensen/ West Jordan Resident: "It seems to me that Bush will."

"I'll vote for Bush most likely."

"Right now I'm pretty sure it's going to be Kerry."

"Bush."

"BUSH."

"I'll either vote for Bush or I won't vote at all."

Judy Shewell/ Holladay Resident: "I think the economy couldn't get much worse if I was going to vote for Bush."

"I could change. Right now I'm really debating."

TJ Foreman/ West Valley City Resident: "I definitely think it's going to be Kerry, because a lot of people are against the Bush administration right now. They're kind of upset because our troops are still in Iraq."

Audrey Munton/ Cedar Hills Resident: "I think President Bush has done a good job. I think he's had a hard job since September 11th."

Our poll asked if the benefits of holding a political convention still outweigh the costs. 27% say yes, but 61% say the costs outweigh the benefits.

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