SALT LAKE CITY β€” The 2020 presidential election notwithstanding, a recent statewide survey of Utahns says education and the teacher shortage are their top priorities.

And a growing number of Utahns are willing to invest more in education to support teachers, according to the results of a new survey commissioned by Envision Utah.

Nine out of 10 surveyed said it’s important to provide better support for teachers, up from 76% in 2016.

Meanwhile, 78% of Utahns surveyed recently said they were willing to pay more to support education, compared to 71% a year ago and 51% in 2016.

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Utah Education Association President Heidi Matthews said the survey results are heartening because Utahns continue to consider education as a top

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