It’s been more than half a century since Utah voted for a Democratic presidential candidate. But according to a new poll from Deseret News/KSL, the deep red state would go blue if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee (bolding mine):
The poll revealed that Utah voters would completely reject Trump. Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump 38%-36% while Bernie Sanders leads Trump 48%-37%. Both John Kasich and Ted Cruz would win Utah. Kasich would beat Clinton 59%-29%, and Sanders 54%-35%. Ted Cruz would beat Clinton 60%-32%, and Bernie Sanders 53%-39%. Sixteen percent of those polled said that they would not vote if the matchup is Trump vs. Clinton. If the matchup is Trump vs. Sanders, 9% of Utah voters would not vote.
Utah is not the only state whose voters would explicitly deny Trump. Polls found that 9% of Michigan Republicans would vote for Hillary Clinton if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, while 10% of Ohio Republicans would do the same.
Incidentally, the last time Utah voted Democratic was in 1964, when the state opted for Lyndon B. Johnson over Barry Goldwater; an election which is drawing a lot of eerie comparisons to the 2016 race.