Most Idahoans agree with President Donald Trump’s immigration and refugee policy, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
The just-completed survey by Dan Jones & Associates finds that 57 percent of Idahoans “strongly” or “somewhat” agree with Trump’s policy, which included an executive order banning most travel from seven countries before the order was put on hold by a federal court judge.
Thirty-eight percent of Idahoans oppose the Trump immigration/refugee policy, and 5 percent don’t know.
Trump is expected to issue a new, revised immigration order soon – with the hope that it won’t be overturned by federal courts.
Previous IPW polling show that many Idahoans have sympathy for illegal immigrants in the U.S., for Idaho is a farming/ranching state where these folks do much of the farm manual labor.
But a majority support Trump’s policies dealing with the mostly-Muslim immigrants, many war refugees, seeking to enter the U.S. from overseas.
Idaho men and women differ slightly on Trump’s latest ban:
- 62 percent of men support the president’s efforts, only 51 percent of women do. Women oppose Trump on this issue, 43-34 percent over men.
Jones has found time and again that Idaho women don’t like Trump, and don’t agree with his policies, by about 10-15 percentage points greater than do Idaho men.
Other demographic findings on this question:
- Young adults feel very differently on the Trump immigration/issue of refugees than do older Idahoans.
- Those 18-29 years old OPPOSE the Trump policy, 51-44 percent.
- While those 50-59 years old SUPPORT it, 62-33 percent.
- As might be expected, Republicans strongly back Trump, 81-15 percent.
- Democrats strongly oppose his immigration/refugee order, 85-10 percent.
- Political independents are split, 53-45 percent.
Some people believe the president’s immigration and refugee order has religious overtones – as the seven nations are Muslim-dominated. However, many other Muslim-majority nations are not part of the decree.
- Mormons back his policy, 66-25 percent.
- Catholics are split, 51-48 percent.
- Protestants are close to that, 51-45 percent in support.
- Other Christians (mostly born-again in Idaho), support Trump on immigration, 67-28 percent.
- While those who said they have no religion OPPOSE Trump’s immigration actions, 59-38 percent.
Jones polled 628 adults from Feb. 16-28. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.91 percent statewide.