GOP Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s decision to stop the shipment of two dozen nuclear fuel cells into the state for research purposes is approved of by a majority of Idahoans, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.

However, it is a strange-bedfellows coalition, as the Republican AG is supported mostly by Democrats, against the wishes of other top GOP state officeholders.

IPW pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds that among all Idahoans, 52 percent agree with Wasden’s decision not to allow the fuel rods into the state at this time.

Thirty percent oppose that decision, siding with the GOP-controlled Legislature and the Republican governor, and 19 percent don’t know.

Wasden explains himself here.

Here is a response op-ed piece written by the Idaho House Republican who sponsored a bill in favor of the move.

The nuclear fuel issue is broadening a rift between Idaho GOP officeholders – with Gov. Butch Otter and several leading Republican lawmakers complaining about Wasden’s actions over the last several years.

Jones finds:

  • 49 percent of Idaho Republicans support Wasden, 34 percent oppose his decision, and 16 percent don’t know.
  • 56 percent of Democrats favor Wasden’s decision not to sign a waiver allowing the nuclear rods into the state to be studied at the Idaho National Laboratory.
  • 27 percent of Democrats oppose Wasden in this case, and 20 percent don’t know.
  • 53 percent of political independents stand with the GOP AG, 27 percent oppose his decision, and 21 percent don’t know.

Idaho is a conservative state, and those who say they are “very conservative” politically are split on Wasden’s stand, 49 percent agree with him, 37 percent oppose and 14 percent don’t know.

Jones polled 603 Idahoans from April 8-19. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.99 percent.