Study says Utahns’ biggest concern is the economy

Posted at 8:38 PM, Mar 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-23 23:46:42-04

A new study indicates that the biggest issue on Utahns' minds right now is the economy.

The results of the 2012 Utah Priorities Survey were released on Friday. The survey first ask voters about their worries, then the Utah Foundation compiled the answers, condensed the list of topics and then had others rank their concerns.

Jobs and the economy rank at the top of Utahns' minds. In second place is K-12 education.

Energy issues, healthcare, taxes and state government spending, higher education, environmental issues, partisan politics, poverty and immigration rounded out the top 10.

Morgan Lyon-Cotti with the Utah Foundation says that two new topics popped up this year; partisan politics and poverty are new concerns for Utahns, according to the study.

In the past two years, voter concerns have shifted away from ethics of elected officials and federal vs. state rights to energy issues, healthcare and higher education.