For the most part, Idahoans are optimistic and believe their state is going in the right direction, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.
But the United States?
Not so much.
A recent survey for the weekly political newsletter by Dan Jones & Associates finds that 63 percent of Idahoans believe their state is going in the right direction.
But only 45 percent believe the United States is going the right way.
Twenty-one percent say Idaho is headed in the wrong direction; while 42 percent say the U.S. is.
Of course, this is all about GOP President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress.
Both of which have not been getting great achievement marks these days.
Trump won Idaho last year with 59 percent of the vote.
IPW found that 56 percent of Idahoans still give Trump favorable approval ratings.
But nationally Trump’s favorable ratings are hovering at all time lows for a first-year president – around 39 percent on average.
So it is clear Idahoans don’t blame the president for all of the nation’s problems these days.
Still, the difference between the right/wrong track for Idaho and the U.S. are significant.
Some of Jones’ numbers:
- Men and women are close to agreement that Idaho is going in the right direction: 66 percent for men, 60 percent for women.
- But a big gender gap opens when it comes to the United States: 52 percent of Idaho men believe the country is going in the right direction, only 38 percent of women agree.
- Those age 18-29 see the U.S. very differently than seniors: Only 33 percent of youngsters say the U.S. is going in the right direction; while 50 percent of those 60-69 say things are OK nationally.
Republicans are bullish on Idaho and the U.S, but Democrats and political independents are not:
- 76 percent of Republicans say Idaho is headed in the right direction, while 62 percent say likewise for the U.S.
- 56 percent of Democrats say Idaho is going the right way, but by a 57-21 percent majority they say the U.S. is going the wrong way.
- Political independents flip between Idaho and the nation: By a 53-26 percent finding they say Idaho is going the right direction.
- But by a 50-38 percent number they say the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction.
Jones polled 604 adult Idahoans from Aug. 23-30. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.