Idaho Republicans don’t have much trust in any institution that has to do with the federal government, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
Hey, barely half of Idaho Republicans even have confidence in their own GOP U.S. senators and representatives, the new, comprehensive survey by Dan Jones & Associates finds.
Jones asked on a scale of 1 to 5 if you have confidence in various identifiable societal institutions.
Here are some breakouts along partisan lines – Republicans vs. Democrats:
-- The presidency (remember, this is the institution of the presidency, not necessarily President Barack Obama himself) – 74 percent of Republicans said they have little or no trust in the presidency, while 73 percent of Democrats said they do.
That’s a huge swing.
And clearly Republican Idahoans hold the institution in low regard because of the current occupant, who is not popular in the Gem State.
-- The U.S. Supreme Court – Only 21 percent of Republicans have confidence in the high court, while 70 percent of the state’s Democrats do.
No doubt some recent Supreme Court decisions – upholding Obamacare and making same-sex marriage legal – has something to do with this low opinion by Idaho Republicans.
-- Congress – the survey shows no one in Idaho really trusts this institution. But both the House and Senate are controlled by Republicans, and 54 percent of Idaho Republicans say they don’t trust Congress; 63 percent of Democrats don’t trust the U.S. House and Senate, either.
Jones finds that only 51 percent of Idaho Republicans trust THEIR OWN, Republican, U.S. senators and House members.
That’s got to be a tough number for the three GOP incumbents seeking re-election this year.
Yes, previous Idaho Politics Weekly polls show GOP Sen. Mike Crapo and Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson are on their way to easy victories.
But even their own GOP members aren’t very happy with the job they are doing.
Not surprisingly, only 17 percent of Idaho Democrats trust their GOP U.S. congressmen.
Only 28 percent of political independents have confidence in their elected congressmen.
The Idaho Legislature is heavily Republican. But, again, Idaho Republicans don’t have must trust in that body, either.
Jones finds that only 41 percent of Republicans trust the Legislature, controlled by their own party.
Only 15 percent of Democrats trust the Idaho Legislature. Only 23 percent of independents trust the state lawmaking body.
The poll results reflect citizens’ distrust with powerful institutions in general, once against demonstrating why anti-establishment presidential candidate Donald Trump connects with many average citizens.
Finally, there is also a large partisan difference in trust for a major societal group – organized religion.
Jones finds that 76 percent of Idaho Republicans trust churches, while only 44 percent of Democrats do.
Jones finds that 85 percent of Idaho Mormons have high confidence in churches, 64 percent of Catholics do, 67 percent of Protestants trust churches, 62 percent of born-again Christians trust churches, but only 10 percent of Idahoans who said they have no religion trust churches.
Jones polled 602 adults between Aug. 18-31. The survey has a statewide error margin of plus or minus 4 percent.