BYU randomly surveyed 930 voters and asked them what they thought of Lee, and what he should do with the government shutdown. When you crunch and compare the numbers, one political expert believes Lee could be vulnerable in his next upcoming election.
Utah Senator Mike Lee might want to take a good look at new public opinion poll, posted on utahdatapoints.com.
"If the election were right now, I would say he'd be in extreme danger," said Quin Monson, Director for BYU’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy.
Monson said their survey shows 57% of Utahns want Lee to compromise in his fight against the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.
"If he holds firm and refuses to compromise at all and we not only have a shutdown, but a default and the economy tanks and so on, he could be in real trouble. The consequences could be real dire for him," said Monson.
Although Lee still has overwhelming Tea Party support, the rest of state Republicans are split and his favorability is dropping. In June, 50% of Utah voters surveyed had a favorable opinion of Lee. Now, that's slipped to 40%.
When Lee was asked about the poll, in a statement Lee sent to the Salt Lake Tribune, he responded saying, quote:
"The only numbers I'm concerned with are the percentage of Utahns who are feeling the negative effects of Obamacare through lost jobs, wages, hours and health care," said Senator Mike Lee, (R) Utah.
Monson believes Lee could to stick to his guns, and things may work out fine, but according to surveyed voters, it's possible Lee may find himself out of a job.
"He's opening the door for a strong moderate to conservative Democrat to challenge him and the only saving grace may be that we don't have a lot of those to step up and to the challenge in this state," Monson said.
When Reporter Brian Carlson asked Monson who’s on the short list that could run against Lee, he gave him one name, Jim Matheson.
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