Survey Ranks Air Quality Among Top Concerns of Utah Voters

Results of a survey from the Utah Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy research group, show that air quality is among the top concerns of Utah voters. Wednesday’s report states that if the survey had been limited to Wasatch Front residents, air quality would have been the number 1 issue. With the rest of the state included it fell to number 2. Utah Foundation Research Director Shawn Teigen says that while over two-thirds of Utahns are concerned about air quality, only 40 percent are willing to take personal action by changing the way they commute. The report also references Uintah Basin ozone pollution and notes that successful programs in Wyoming have decreased ozone pollution in oil and gas producing areas. The Utah Priorities Project has been conducted every year with an election for Governor since 2004, identifying top concerns of Utah voters. The group is a non-profit that was founded in 1945. To view the entire report, visit


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