Most Idahoans approve of the job GOP Gov. Butch Otter is doing, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.

But not by high margins.

Dan Jones & Associates finds in a new survey for the independent political newsletter:

  • 54 percent of Idahoans “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of the job Otter is doing as governor.

  • 46 percent disapprove.

Otter is not up for re-election this year. And while it is always good to have a job approval rating above 50 percent, in an overwhelmingly Republican state like Idaho, some may see these Otter numbers as less than encouraging.

At least Otter has his own party members on his side. But the Democrats certainly aren’t:

  • 80 percent of Idaho Republicans approve of the job Otter is doing.

  • 20 percent disapprove.

Just the opposite for Democrats.

  • 80 percent disapprove, 19 percent approve.

Political independents – they don’t belong to any political party – are split:

  • 47 percent approve of Otter’s job performance.

  • 52 percent disapprove.

The Idaho Legislature is overwhelmingly Republican.

And it’s job approval is actually OK for such an amorphous body:

  • 54 percent of Idahoans approve of the Legislature’s actions.

  • 48 percent disapprove.

Republicans like what the Legislature is doing, 81-19 percent.

Democrats don’t like the Legislature, 76-24 percent.

And political independents are split, 46 percent approve and 54 percent disapprove.

Jones polled 608 likely voters from Sept. 28 to Oct. 9. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.97 percent.