A majority of Salt Lake County residents approve of the job both Salt Lake County Mayor Nancy Workman and the County Council have done, while 20 percent don't know, a new poll says.
In a Deseret News/KSL-TV poll conducted by Dan Jones earlier this month, Workman received a 54 percent approval rating and the council received a 55 percent approval rating. The poll was done of 167 residents and has a margin of error of 8 percent.
A large percentage, however, either didn't know or disapproved of the elected officials when asked about the mayor's or council's job performances. For the council, 27 percent did not approve of their job performance and 18 percent did not know, while 25 percent did not approve and 21 percent did not know about Workman's performance.
Workman said the shrinking number of "don't know" responses was encouraging. A 2001 poll by Jones showed 34 percent of the residents responding that they did not know about her job performance.
"That means that people are starting to understand our county government a little better," she said. "People have so much going on, and they tend to only tune in when something is wrong. They don't usually know if you're doing a good job."
Democrats were more opinionated about Republican Workman's performance. Only 9 percent said they did not know, while 54 percent approved of her performance and 37 percent did not approve. Among Republicans, 20 percent did not know, while 63 percent approved and only 17 percent disapproved.
More Republicans than Democrats actually disapproved of the Republican-led council, with 58 percent of Republicans approving of their job while 63 percent of the Democrats approved of the council's performance.
All of the leaders received much higher marks from older residents, especially those 65 years old and older. Workman had a 72 percent approval from respondents 65 and older, while only 46 percent of residents between 18 and 24 approved of her performance. The council received 65 percent approval from the 65-and-older group, while only 45 percent approval — with zero percent who strongly approved — among those who were 18 to 24 years old.