Survey: Gov. Gary Herbert believes Utah’s quality of life better than 5 years ago
No other gubernatorial candidate shares guv’s view
By Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News
Published: Monday, April 9 2012 11:58 a.m. MDT
A new survey of Utah candidates for governor shows only incumbent Gov. Gary Herbert believes the state’s quality of life is much better than it was five years ago.
SALT LAKE CITY — A new survey of Utah candidates for governor shows only incumbent Gov. Gary Herbert believes the state’s quality of life is much better than it was five years ago.
The Utah Foundation polled nine of the 10 candidates who have filed for governor and found that most of them, including the lone Democrat in the race, Peter Cooke, and Republican tea party activist David Kirkham, rated the quality of life somewhat worse than five years ago.
Herbert’s other chief challengers for the GOP nomination, Morgan Philpot and Rep. Ken Sumsion, R-American Fork, both said Utah’s quality of life was about the same as it was five years ago. Constitution Party candidate Kirk Pearson is the only gubernatorial candidate to say it was much worse.
The foundation report noted that the governor’s highest-possible rating comes as no surprise.
“This is consistent with the notion that incumbents focus on their accomplishments and other positive events that occurred during their tenure; in so doing, they hope to raise their chances of reelection,” the report stated.
The foundation asked the same question of Utahns as part of its 2012 Utah Priorities Survey, intended to identify which issues are most important this gubernatorial election year. This is the first year gubernatorial candidates have also been surveyed.
Only 3 percent agreed with the governor that the state’s quality of life was much better than five years ago, while 15 percent said it was somewhat better, a slight improvement since the last poll in 2010.
Thirty-nine percent of Utahns believe the quality of life is much or somewhat worse, compared to 45 percent since the most recent governor’s race two years ago. Most, 41 percent, agreed it was about the same.
On a scale of one to five, Utahns rated only three issues — jobs and economy, K-12 education and energy — above a score of 4, with 5 being very concerned. The same three issues were also the top three of GOP voters.
Democratic voters, however, rated seven issues above a 4 — environmental issues, partisan politics, health care, jobs and the economy, K-12 education, higher education and poverty.
The GOP candidates, the report found, also were very concerned with states’ rights and access to public lands even though the issues were of much lower importance to Republican voters.
However, the top priorities of the Democratic candidate, Cooke, were close to those identified by the Democrats surveyed. Cooke, who served as a major general in the U.S. Army, added “saving Hill Air Force Base” to his list of key issues.
Information about the report and the Utah Priorities Project is available at utahpriorities.net.
GARY HERBERT IS AN ASSHAT
describing when one’s head is so far up one’s ass that one is wearing the ass as a hat. in other words, extreme stupidity.
Please vote for someone sensible to Govern Utah.
My Choice is retired General Peter Cooke!
Peter Cooke is a retired 2-Star General, and former commanding officer of the 96th RRC.
Since retiring from the Armed Forces after 40 years of service, Peter is now the Owner of his own business, PCS Enterprises, LLC. He’s also the Majority owner of Rerporting4Duty (Human Capital Management) and the Director of the National Center for Veterans Studies.
Peter Cooke is a retired two-star general, small business owner, husband,
father of five and a Democrat who is running to be Utah’s next Governor.
Peter received a global education while his father worked for Pan American Airlines, spanning from
New Jersey and Florida, to Thailand and Germany, where he graduated from Frankfurt American
High School in 1967. Peter earned both a bachelor’s (1971) and master’s degree (1973) in political
science from Utah State University. His 39 year career in the military began in Logan when he
enrolled in USU’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in 1967.
Major General (Ret.) Peter Cooke became the Commanding General of the U.S. Army 96th Regional
Readiness Command in 2005. Overseeing 10,000 soldiers and civilians, Cooke received the Army
Community of Excellence Award for the best managed command in the United States Army Reserve
Since his retirement from the Army Reserve two years ago, Peter has taken proactive initiatives to
address veterans’ needs by founding “Reporting4Duty” (human capital management for veterans),
the National Center for Veterans Studies, and Partnership with America (helping veterans transition
into the civilian workplace).
An innovative entrepreneur for 29 years, Peter pioneered public/private partnerships as he formed
several real estate, construction and property management companies that provide affordable single
family and multi-unit housing throughout the Western United States. He has developed projects in
excess of $550 million, including the restoration of historic housing at Fort Douglas used by Olympic
athletes during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games. Cooke received a Lifetime Achievement
Award from the Utah Apartment Association in 2011.
One of his companies, PSC Military Housing Company, formed to privatize military housing (using
public/private partnerships), was awarded projects at 12 bases (including Hill Air Force Base in
Ogden, Utah) involving over 11,000 housing units with a combined value in excess of $1 billion.
Cooke, 62, is married with five children, four of them teenagers living at home. He is an active
member of the Mormon church, particularly involved in community emergency preparedness. His
wife, Heather (Nelson), is a University of Utah graduate, former assistant U.S. attorney, member
of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, and Director of the Utah State Sentencing Commission.
The Cookes enjoy sports, the arts, and traveling in their spare time
PLEASE VOTE SENSIBLY
Remember Rusty loves you!!!!