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Utahns Surveyed on the NSA, Alcohol Policy, and Polygamy

Salt Lake City, UT (August 8, 2013) — The results of a new survey of Utah voters were released today by Libertas Institute. Three areas were covered, each relevant to current events: the NSA, alcohol policy, and polygamy.

54% of Utah voters expressed support for the NSA facility operating in Utah, though 46% believe that the NSA’s activities violate the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Additionally, 48% of respondents said that the federal government’s anti-terrorism policies have gone too far in restricting civil liberties, while only 18% said that they haven’t gone far enough.

Only 38% of Utah voters indicated support for Utah’s control over the sale of alcohol. When asked about a proposal to reduce the legal limit for a driver’s blood alcohol level to 0.05%, 57% expressed support while only 29% opposed it. 63% rejected one of the main justifications for the “Zion’s wall” policy, and 55% said that the policy is unfair to businesses.

With Judge Waddoups’ ruling expected any day in the Kody Brown case, we asked Utah voters how they might react. Only 33% of respondents said that they would agree with a decision to declare the current law unconstitutional, while 53% said that they would disagree with a decision resulting in polygamy being decriminalized in Utah.

The results of these and other questions asked are available here.