Nearly 60 percent of Idahoans believe Federal Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch should be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.
IPW pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds in a new survey that 58 percent of Idahoans “definitely” or “probably” favor confirmation of Gorsuch, who currently sits on the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
Idaho’s two senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both Republicans, are not in doubt.
Crapo says he is thrilled by GOP President Donald Trump’s pick of Gorsuch.
Crapo said the judge would follow in the footsteps of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly last February.
Risch says the Gorsuch pick may well be the most important thing that came out of the 2016 election. This is huge for America, he added.
- Only 18 percent of Idahoans are against the Gorsuch nomination, and 24 percent don’t know.
- As previous polls by Jones in Idaho have shown, women just don’t like much of what Trump does. No real change on this question.
Men favor Gorsuch’s nomination, 65 percent to only 51 percent for women.
You may recall that the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate refused to vote on former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee – even though Judge Merrick Garland had been easily confirmed to the Washington, D.C., federal court of appeals years earlier.
Senate Democrats are making noise that they will attempt to block Gorsuch’s nomination, but it’s unlikely they could do so for two years until the next election.
With such history, it is no wonder that Gorsuch’s nomination is a partisan one in Idaho:
- Republicans favor the judge’s appointment to the high court, 72-7 percent, with 21 percent undecided.
- Democrats are opposed to Gorsuch, 46-33 percent, with 21 percent undecided.
- Political independents (don’t belong to any political party), favor Gorsuch, 59-17 percent, with 23 percent undecided.
- And those who belong to minority political parties (in Idaho a real mishmash – Libertarians, Constitutionalists and Green Party members) are really split: 41 percent favor, 21 percent oppose, and a large 38 percent undecided.
Finally, young Idahoans are more skeptical of Gorsuch than are seniors.
- Those 18-29 years old: Only 40 percent favor the judge, 19 percent oppose, and 31 percent don’t know.
- Those over 70: 75 percent support him, 14 percent oppose, and 12 percent don’t know.
It is unlikely many Idahoans have had any personal contact with Gorsuch as a judge, he serves in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, and Idaho is in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, with its courts located along the West Coast.
Jones polled 628 adults from Feb. 16-28. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.91 percent.