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Posted at 8:15 AM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Romney, not Huntsman, top choice among Utah GOP

By Jon Cohen

Utah Republicans overwhelmingly favor Mitt Romney over Jon Huntsman Jr. as a potential Republican presidential candidate, according to a January statewide survey.

In a poll conducted for the Exoro Group and the Center for Public Policy & Administration at the University of Utah, Republicans in the state said they would prefer the former Massachusetts governor over their own former governor by a staggering margin, 65 to 16 percent.

Including all Utah voters, Romney still had a big 20-point margin, winning 48 to 28 percent. (The poll was conducted before Huntsman announced his intention to resign from his post as U.S. Ambassador to China.)

But when it comes to a hypothetical 2012 run for the U.S. Senate, Huntsman is in better shape. Among Republicans, Huntsman's wins 40 percent of the vote to 26 percent for the Senate incumbent Orrin Hatch and 30 percent for Representative Jason Chaffetz.

Among all Utah voters, Huntsman is even more firmly ahead in the poll, with 48 percent of the vote to Chaffetz's 23 percent and Hatch's 21. As is the case in a match-up with Romney, here Huntsman runs comparatively better among non-Republicans in the Beehive state.

After all, Huntsman left office with sky-high approval ratings, scoring 84 percent in a March 2009 Utah voter poll conducted by the BYU Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy. The former governor's ratings were above 80 percent among Mormons and non-Mormons alike and actually topped 90 percent among Utah Democrats.

In Gallup data, Utah is the most Republican state in the union. In the 2008 presidential election, fully 50 percent of Utah voters identified as Republicans in the exit poll, more than double the number of self-described Democrats (21 percent).

By Jon Cohen  | February 2, 2011; 8:15 AM ET
Categories:  2012 polls, GOP nomination  | Tags:  2012 polls, Jon Huntsman, Jr., Mitt Romney, Utah poll  
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No surprise here. Romney is a Mormon.

Posted by: 1republican | February 2, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

The Mormon idiots believe in an angel called Moroni.
They should be Morons, not Mormons.

Posted by: analyst72 | February 2, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Romney will never be President. Romney who was a Part-Time Governor for Massachusetts also knowingly hired Illegal Immigrants to landscape his properties. This will be the same issue to doom his chances like Meg Whitman and rightly so. Romney is unfit to be President.

Posted by: sumo1 | February 2, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Surprise! Surprise!

Posted by: tinyjab40 | February 2, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

wow, you guys are bigots. Be ashamed.

Posted by: andrdean | February 2, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

We'll see how Romney fares after they repeal his health care system in Mass.


Posted by: blarsen1 | February 2, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Oh Romney is a Mormon? That is how you explain it? So are Huntsman, Hatch and Chaffetz.

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | February 2, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

What a brilliant piece of reporting....

Posted by: dem4life1 | February 2, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The Moromons in Utah support Romney? What's next, polar bears on ice flows? Stupidest headline I have seen all day.

Posted by: deadchief | February 2, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The U.S. Constitution specifies no religious test for political office. But the voters are also entitled to know if any person has taken any kind of oath of allegiance taken to trump any and all other oaths taken or to be taken (including the oath to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution of the United States) such as the "Temple Recommend" oath taken by all faithful Mormons each year or like the oath taken by members of secret societies such as Skull and Bones to keep the secrets of "The Order" and allegiance above all to the Society.

In the case of Mormonism, with layered dogma to which new intiates are exposed in stages, The so-called "White Horse Prophesy" of Joseph Smith shows intentions and plans of Mormonism that have nothing to do with the U.S. Constitution nor any separation of church and state mandated by the First Amendment:

"You will see the constitution of the United States almost destroyed. It will hang like a thread...A terrible revolution will take place in the land of America...[T]he land will be left without a Supreme Government...[Mormonism] will have gathered strength, sending out Elders to gather the honest in stand by the Constitution of the United States...In these days...God will set up a Kingdom, never to be thrown down...[T]he whole of America will be made the Zion of God." (Joseph Smith, May, 6, 1843, founder of Mormonism, quoted in "One Nation Under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church" by Richard Abanes, Four Walls Eight Windows Press, NY. 2002, p xvi)

"Listeners of KSL Radio's "The Doug Wright Show" were surprised on November 9, 1999 when Wright's guest, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch (a devout Mormon) quoted the infamous "White Horse" prophecy. The prediction by Mormonism's founder, Joseph Smith, contains what has always been the Mormon American Dream--i.e. the transformation of the U.S. government into a Mormon-ruled theocracy divinely ordained 'not only to direct the political affairs of the Mormon community, but eventually those of the United States and ultimately the world." (Ibid.p.xvii)

Bottom line: No need to cover-up, hide or calculatingly layer in stages what is clean only what is dirty.

Posted by: jcraven | February 2, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Utah wants Romney.

Utah wants Huntsman.

Good. They can keep them both.

Posted by: seattle_wa | February 2, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

@ jcraven | February 2, 2011 2:28 PM

White Horse Prophecy? Really?

For those who don't know, in the LDS Church's Oct., 1918 General Conference, Joseph Fielding Smith, who later would become President of the Church said,

"I have discovered that people have copies of a purported vision by the Prophet Joseph Smith given in Nauvoo, and some people are circulating this supposed vision, or revelation, or conversation which the prophet is reported to have held with a number of individuals in the city of Nauvoo. I want to say to you, my brethren and sisters, that if you understand the Church articles and covenants, if you will read the scriptures and become familiar with those things which are recorded in the revelations from the Lord, it will not be necessary for you to ask any questions in regard to the authenticity or otherwise of any purported revelation, vision, or manifestation that proceeds out of darkness, concocted in some corner, surreptitiously presented, and not coming through the proper channels of the Church. Let me add that when a revelation comes for the guidance of this people, you may be sure that it will not be presented in some mysterious manner contrary to the order of the Church. It will go forth in such form that the people will understand that it comes from those who are in authority, for it will be sent either to the presidents of stakes and the bishops of the wards over the signatures of the presiding authorities, Or it will be published in some of the regular papers or magazines under the control and direction of the Church or it will be presented before such a gathering as this, at a general conference. It will not spring up in some distant part of the Church and be in the hands of some obscure individual without authority, and thus be circulated among the Latter-day Saints. Now, you may remember this." (Which, of course, never occured -- this is NOT a teaching of the Church)

His father and nephew of Joseph Smith, and President of the Church, Joseph F. Smith, followed immediately after his speech and said:

"The ridiculous story about the 'red horse,' and 'the black horse,' and 'the white horse,' and a lot of trash that has been circulated about and printed and sent around as a great revelation given by the Prophet Joseph Smith, is a matter that was gotten up, I understand, some ten years after the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith, by two of our brethren who put together some broken sentences from the Prophet that they may have heard from time to time, and formulated this so-called revelation out of it, and it was never spoken by the prophet in the manner in which they have put it forth. It is simply false; that is all there is to it."

That's been the position of the Church regarding the purported "White Horse Prophecy" in the 92 years since, which has been public knowledge.

Bottom line: you posted it as true, followed by a comment about cover-up, hiding, calculating layer in stages, clean and dirty!

Posted by: manaen | February 3, 2011 2:14 AM | Report abuse

I am not a bigotI love everyone if I can I does not have a problem with MORMONS but I do not want one for my PRESIDENT and I have reasons for this.
The MORMONS have this INCESTUOUS nature that tends to clouds their ability to reason or to think critically this is my problem with the MORMONS EDDIE

Posted by: FB100000511355277 | February 6, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

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