Most Utahns still love Gov. Huntsman

Utahns are just crazy about Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.

Really. They love him.

An impressive 86 percent of Utahns approve of the job Huntsman, a Republican, is doing as governor, found a new survey conducted for the Deseret News and KSL-TV.

And if Huntsman ever wants to run for another office in this state he has a leg up on any competition — two-thirds say they would vote for him again, the new poll by Dan Jones & Associates shows.

And three-fourths say Huntsman is leaving Utah a better place than when he stepped into office January 2005, an interestingly high number considering the state has gone through tough budget cuts the past 12 months because of the global recession.

Huntsman leaves Utah next week to become U.S. ambassador to China.

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