Salt Lake Tribune Poll: Love 52, Matheson 40
Republican Mia Love has opened up a wide lead over Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson in Utah's 4th District in a new independent poll released Friday.
Love leads Matheson 52 percent to 40 percent in the Salt Lake Tribune survey, which was conducted for the newspaper by Mason-Dixon. The poll was conducted October 29-31 and surveyed 625 likely voters. It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.
The survey showed just 9 percent of Republicans supporting Matheson. He'll need to do better than that to win in heavily Republican Utah. The Tribune reports that a Matheson internal poll showed him getting a heftier 19 percent of GOP support (the survey, released this week, showed him winning by two points).
But Mason-Dixon managing director Brad Coker said that Mitt Romney, hugely popularity in Utah, could be hurting Matheson (the GOP presidential nominee just cut an ad for Love).
"Romney is winning [Utah] by such a big margin and Republican voters are coming out because of Romney," Coker said. "It's just not a good year to be a Democrat in Utah."