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Legendary Utah political pollster Dan Jones has died

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Posted at 3:19 PM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 23:48:16-04

SALT LAKE CITY — He conducted public opinion polls for senators and governors and even defense attorneys, and he taught college students for a generation. Dan Jones never held office himself but he had an outsized impact on Utah politics for decades, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Jones died Friday, according to a tweet sent by Sen. Orrin Hatch, one of Jones’ clients.

“Dan was a remarkable man who had a profound impact on Utah’s political landscape. But most importantly, he was a great friend,” Hatch wrote. “Elaine and I will miss him dearly. My prayers are with Pat and the Jones family at this difficult time.”

Jones also conducted polls and provided guidance to Gov. Gary Herbert and Zions Bank CEO Scott Anderson. He was a mainstay at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He also previously polled for media organizations, including The Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News and Utah Policy.

Click here to read about Jones’ legacy on The Salt Lake Tribune.