A new statewide survey reveals that Utahns want the Legislature to tackle public education and air quality as the two most important issues facing the state right now. The survey, which was conducted by Dan Jones & Associates and the David Eccles School of Business from January 23 to January 25, shows the top 20 issues in rank order. Protecting states’ rights, increasing the number of jobs and improving the ethics and oversight of elected officials rounded out the top five.

“Public education always receives among the highest, if not the highest, ranking among Utahns as they consider the job that needs to be done by the Utah Legislature,” said Dan Jones, the founder and CEO of Dan Jones & Associates. “The newcomer this year is air quality. The public simply wants to see something done to improve Utah’s air.”

The data comes from the inaugural monthly survey launched by Dan Jones & Associates and the David Eccles School of Business. The Utah Business Sentiment Survey will provide a monthly indicator of business conditions, policy preferences and current issues facing the state of Utah. This month’s survey focused on the 2014 General Legislative Session.

A random group of respondents were asked: “What are the top three legislative priorities for the Utah Legislature to tackle?” Responses, which included 1,622 respondents, were then ranked on a weighted scale.