UTAH

Utah political polling icon Dan Jones dies

Nov 2, 2018, 3:33 PM | Updated: 5:58 pm
Dan Jones speaks at the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics Apr 4, 2008 in Salt Lake City. Jeffrey D. Allred/photo

SALT LAKE CITY — Longtime Utah political analyst and pollster Dan Jones has died at the age of 84

Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office announced Jones’ death in a tweet on Friday afternoon.

Jones spent decades taking the pulse of Utahns on a range of political and social issues. He was the co-founder and past CEO of the polling firm Dan Jones and Associates.

Tributes to Jones poured in from prominent figures and organizations throughout the afternoon.

Republican Utah senate candidate Mitt Romney issued a statement calling Jones a “political institution” who kept the political system on a straight an honest path.

Salt Lake Chamber president and CEO Derek Miller praised Jones as a mentor and friend.

“I could call on him anytime and I left every interaction with increased knowledge and ability to make sound decisions,” Miller said.

The Cicero Group acquired Dan Jones and Associates in 2010. Jones and his wife, Patricia, then became senior advisors who remained actively involved in the firm’s polling efforts.

“He had a quick wit and an even bigger heart,” Cicero Group founder and Chairman Randy Shumway said in a statement. “He cared immensely about others. I have admired him enormously in a professional setting, but it is his friendship and personal mentoring that I will miss the most.”

Jones received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Utah. He taught at both Utah State University and the University of Utah until 2013, when he retired from teaching. He was also a past associate director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the U.

Jones is survived by his wife Patricia Jones, who is a past member of the Utah Legislature and the current CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute, as well as 7 children and 16 grandchildren.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Utah

House Bill...
HUGO RIKARD-BELL

Bill permitting pregnant people to use HOV lane passes House

A bill allowing pregnant women to use the HOV lane has passed the House. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
9 hours ago
SLCPD cruiser...
Chandler Holt

SLCPD officer witnesses wrong-way drunk driver crash into embankment

At around 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning, an SLCPD officer witnessed a 2009 black Ford F-150 traveling at a high rate of speed in the wrong lane. 
1 day ago
SLCPD said the driver is fully cooperating with the investigation and the children received non-lif...
Chandler Holt

SLCPD makes arrest connected to fatal stabbing case

SLCPD announced the arrest of 26-year-old Ivy Chase Grant today. Grant was booked into Salt Lake County Metro Jail on a charge of obstruction of justice. 
2 days ago
Troy Dunn, founder of the Location Foundation, appears on an episode of Dr. Phil. Photo credit: Des...
Mark Jones

Locator Foundation working to reunite loved ones with one another

The Locator Foundation is working to reunite family members who have become separated from one another and haven't been able to reconnect.
3 days ago
Two hands holding a green plant by the soil above empty pots...
Michelle Lee

Transplanting houseplants? Here are some tips!

SALT LAKE CITY – If you’re growing houseplants, there’s something you need to be familiar with, and that is transplanting. Transplanting houseplants is something you have to do every so often, depending on the type of plant. “Some houseplants will go for several years without needing it, and others need to be transplanted at least […]
3 days ago
Salt Lake City Police say three sticks of dynamite were safely removed from a house this week by it...
Mark Jones

Three sticks of dynamite removed from Salt Lake City home

Three sticks of dynamite were removed from a Salt Lake City home on Wednesday, the SLCPD announced. The dynamite have been seized for investigation.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Utah political polling icon Dan Jones dies