SALT LAKE CITY — Just over half of Utahns view President Donald Trump unfavorably, a slight decline in popularity since March, according to a new UtahPolicy.com poll released Tuesday.
Trump’s favorability rating among Utahns dropped 2 points in the months since the last poll, to 45 percent. Just 16 percent said they have a “very favorable” opinion of the president, compared with 20 percent in March.
Although Utah is one of the most Republican states in the nation, Trump won in 2016 with less than a majority of the vote, 45.5 percent. Republicans in the new poll strongly support him, however, with 70 percent saying they see him favorably.
UtahPolicy.com publisher LaVarr Webb, who writes a column for the Deseret News, said he believes Utahns are responding to the president’s personality, not his policies, and that he hasn’t made promised progress.
“I think Utahns, for the most part, would support his policy positions. But his incessant tweeting and just his narcissistic personality get in the way,” Webb said. “In the campaign, people understood that’s the way he was, but they had hopes he would shake Washington up.”
Trump is also being hurt by the ongoing investigations into allegations there was collusion between his campaign and Russia in the foreign government’s interference with the 2016 election, Webb said.
The poll was conducted May 31-June 5 of 607 registered Utah voters by Dan Jones & Associates for the online political news source and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.98 percent.
Before the Utah GOP presidential caucus in March 2016, polls showed Utahns would prefer then-Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, over Trump.
A number of Republican leaders were reluctant to back Trump, whose bombastic style, and later his vulgar statements about making advances toward women in a leaked 2005 tape, turned off the state’s voters.
Trump is still doing a little better in Utah than he is in national polling. The most recent average of recent polls calculated by RealClear Politics showed 54.6 percent of Americans gave the president an unfavorable rating.
The letter to the White House was dated March 23; a copy was stamped as received by FERC on June 12.
Con Carroll, a spokesman for Lee, said the delegation felt it was necessary to request expedited treatment to limit the length of the review period once Utah’s application is complete.
Environmental reviews, he said, can be “a lengthy process and often stretch out years, so even though the application is not finished, it was still deemed necessary to put it on the radar of the Trump administration.”
He said he was not aware of any response from the White House. And, he said, he was not sure how the letter to the White House got to FERC.
According to the letter, the pipeline will cost about $1.4 billion to construct, but will generate an economic return of $1.5 billion and $19 billion in sales tax. The delegation also asserts that the pipeline will provide water for about 250,000 current and future residents in a region where demand for water will outstrip supply by 2030.
“The environmental review process has taken 10 years and cost $32 million,” they wrote, an apparent reference to work done by the state of Utah to prepare its submission to FERC.
“It is imperative that the review process be completed by 2018, which will require permitting and completed environmental review from FERC, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Reclamation,” the letter said.
Carroll said the delegation asked for the 2018 deadline because one year for an environmental review seemed like a reasonable amount of time.
Zach Frankel, executive director of the Utah Rivers Council and a vocal opponent of the pipeline, was quick to point out the irony of the request.
“Left out of the letter is the fact that the Utah agency proposing the pipeline has requested three extensions of time from FERC to delay permitting because of concerns about whether the project is needed,” he said in a statement.
Utah’s Division of Water Resources submitted a project application to FERC in May 2016. However, shortly after filing it, the division said the 6,000-page document contained numerous errors and would require revision.
The state has filed supplementary material revising the application in the year since it was initially submitted and that process is not yet complete, it said Wednesday.
Josh Palmer, a spokesman for the division, said there is as of yet no projected date for the pipeline’s groundbreaking because it’s not clear how much longer it will take to finish the application paperwork.
“While there has been progress, the division is focused on ensuring all of the required paperwork and processes are carried out according to federal statute,” he said in a statement. “We will continue to work with Federal and project partners, as well as the public and interested stakeholders, as the process moves forward.”
A hydroelectric generation component of the pipeline proposal brings the project under FERC purview. Should the commission approve the project, it is anticipated that FERC would use the Lake Powell Pipeline License Application to generate the paperwork necessary to request other environmental permits.
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The Division of Water resources has proposed using the Lake Powell Pipeline to pump 86,249 acre-feet of water 140 miles from Lake Powell to St. George. According to the state delegation’s letter, this will “allow the State of Utah to use its legally-allocated portion of the Colorado River.”
I am one of those people who believes in chasing love whenever it seems to come around. As a result, I have no problem in starting relationships with people who live in other areas of the US. In 2007, I met a woman who stole my heart and I planned to head to Utah and spend the rest of my life with her.
Looking back on this time in my life, I find the whole thing to be absolutely absurd. The idea of me moving across the country on a whim to be with a woman I had never met was some kind of sick fantasy. Add this to the fact that I am used to living in a very large metropolitan city and it was probably not a good idea.
I remember her telling me that Utah is nothing like you would imagine it to be. In my mind, all I see are Mormons walking around all over the place with Pilgrim looking outfits on. She says that this is not the way it is at all, but part of me wants to believe that this is true.
A few months ago, someone told me that there are many great sushi restaurants in Utah. I think the fact that this is a landlocked place makes that seem very odd to me. On one hand I know that fish can be frozen and/or shipped from other places, but on the other, this seems like an alien concept.
Now that I am no longer with her, the idea of moving to that area has never crossed my mind. Despite the fact that love may call me from all directions, this is not a place that I can see myself moving to in order to start a new life.
Hop on over to Utah with me and see if you don’t find yourself enjoying a meal at one of these fine establishments. I see a pizza joint is ranked #1 in the city we are going to visit, so I’m definitely game for that. We are going to be in Cedar City, UT, and it is a nice little city to visit. With just over 110 restaurants, it’s going to help you to know three of the best for sure.
One if them, Centro Woodfired Pizzeria, is the pizza joint I was talking about. It’s not just one of the best, it is the best. It is located on West Center Street, and if you saw a picture of their pizza like I did, then you would be there like, 30 minutes ago. In all seriousness, it is looking good, and it would be nice if there was a Centro Woodfired Pizzeria near me right now.
Next up is Pastry Pub, which is the #3 ranked restaurant, not the #2 one, but I had to get to it right away. The Pastry Pub is just such a delicious name. Maybe it’s just me, but I love pastries. Plus, the pub added to the name makes it sound like there is going to be a huge variety of pastries. I know, you were probably thinking brews, but this Center Street restaurant is known for pastries and sandwiches.
I skipped down some more notches for this one because I haven’t had the chance to review a Mexican restaurant lately. Brody’s Mexican Restaurant is located on Sage Drive, and it is known for its street tacos and all kinds of other delicious favorites. Quesadillas, fajitas and much more await as you get your fill here. Well look at that, we are out of time again. Join us next time for another look at some more restaurants.