When it comes to GOP President Donald Trump, Idahoans are about the opposite of the nation, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
In fact, Trump may want to spend more time in Idaho – for they seem to see the world – at least in reference to Trump himself – probably more like he does.
A new Dan Jones & Associates poll, conducted for the weekly Gem State political newsletter, finds that among all Idahoans 56 percent “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of the job Trump is doing as president.
Only 39 percent disapprove of the president, and 5 percent don’t know.
A three-day tracking poll by Gallup, as of last Wednesday, finds just the opposite nationwide:
- 38 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing as president, 57 percent disapprove. That poll of 1,500 adults has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.
Jones also asked Idahoans how Trump did in his first 100 days a president, an arbitrary time measurement the media and others have used to gauge new presidential administrations for decades.
Jones asked respondents to give Trump a school grade of A, B, C, D or F.
- 19 percent of Idahoans say Trump should get an A, even though by most accounts he achieved little in those 100 days, except getting his Supreme Court nominee approved by the U.S. Senate.
- 29 percent give Trump a B.
- 16 percent give him an average, but passing, grade of C.
- 11 percent said Trump barely passed with a D.
- And 24 percent gave Trump a failing grade of F.
- 2 percent didn’t have an opinion.
As we’ve seen time and again among Idaho women, Trump is judged more harshly than do men.
Among women, 28 percent gave Trump a failing grade of F.
Only 19 percent of men failed Trump in his first 100 days.
As would be expected, in both questions Idaho Republicans give Trump much better marks than do Democrats and political independents.
- Among Republicans, Trump gets an approval rating of 81-13 percent (favorable over unfavorable).
- Just the opposite among Democrats, unfavorable 83-12 percent.
- Political independents are OK with Trump, giving him a favorable rating of 50-45 percent.
Even though the new president has gone back on several of his conservative campaign stands – like dumping the NAFTA trade agreement – those who self-identified to Jones that they are “very conservative” still stand by their man:
- The “very conservatives” give Trump a favorable rating of 86-12 percent.
- Among those who said they are “somewhat conservative,” favorable of 73-22 percent.
Then the tide turns on Trump:
- Among those who said they are “moderate” politically, an unfavorable rating of 55-38 percent.
- “Somewhat liberals,” unfavorable 75-19 percent.
- And the “very liberals,” 92-4 percent unfavorable.
Jones has found in Utah polling that Trump has some lingering problems with Mormons – who make up more than 60 percent of the Utah population.
But Idaho Mormons have always liked Trump more, Jones’ polling here has shown.
No different on these Trump questions.
- 70 percent of Idaho Mormons think Trump is doing a good job as president, only 24 percent of the LDS give him an unfavorable rating.
Jones polled 649 Idaho adults from May 4-May 18. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.85 percent.