SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert continues to earn a high approval rating from Utah voters after nine years, but he’s still expected to leave elected office behind once his term ends in 2020.

Seventy percent of Utahns said they approved of the governor’s job performance in a poll released Wednesday, a number that has stayed relatively consistent over the years.

The new poll was conducted by Dan Jones & Associates for the online political news source May 15-25, 2018, of 615 likely Utah voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

In 2014, Herbert was ranked the nation’s most popular governor with a 73 percent approval rating by the Washington Post, which headlined the story, “The most popular governor in the country? You probably haven’t heard of him.”

Herbert, 71, assumed office in 2009 after then-Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. resigned to become U.S. ambassador to China, and has said his second full term in office would be his last.

A growing list of likely candidates for the 2020 governor’s race already includes Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox; Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper; and former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, now a Fox News contributor.

The governor’s feelings about running again don’t appear to have changed.

“While it is true that many of Gov. Herbert’s supporters have encouraged him to consider another run, there are no plans in place to seek an additional term,” the governor’s spokesman, Paul Edwards, said in a statement.

Asked about another run by Herbert, Salt Lake Chamber President and CEO Derek Miller, a political adviser to the governor who served as his chief of staff, was a little less certain.

“I think it’s an interesting question. I would say maybe, a definitive maybe. The reason I say that is I …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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