It didn’t take me long after moving to Salt Lake in 1991 to realize that there is no political middle in Utah. There are Republican/conservatives, and leftist/progressives. These charts from the Utah Foundation confirm this:
My apologies, the sides are clipped in the source.
The above chart shows national dispositions. Voters are asked to rank themselves from left to right. Then their party affiliation is shown as a histogram. While there are liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats, the two parties humps are somewhat delineated.
Then we come to Utah, shown below:
Here, Democrats are much more likely to be consistently liberal, and far less likely to be conservative. Republicans are the opposite, although there do seem to be more liberal Republicans in Utah.
What’s interesting is that the median Republican is about he same in Utah and the rest of the country. But the median Democrat in Utah is far more liberal than they are nationwide.
Thus the easy victory for Bernie Sanders in the Utah caucus.
I drew this from David DeMille’s piece entitled “Job, Economy No Longer Top of Utahns’ List”, which appeared in the March 25th issue of the St. George Spectrum.