A once-in-a-lifetime event happened in Idaho two weeks ago – a total eclipse of the Sun.
Idaho Politics Weekly finds that 55 percent of Idahoans viewed the eclipse – partial in the north and very south – total across a swath in the middle of the state.
But 44 percent said they did not.
And oddly enough, 1 percent said they didn’t know if they viewed it or not.
So, we can now say 1 percent of the Idaho’s population actually lives in a cave – clueless that the Sun was blotted out for an hour or so Aug. 21.
IPW’s pollster, Dan Jones & Associates, also finds that of those who viewed the eclipse in some manner, 61 percent said the “media hype” over the event was not overplayed – the eclipse was all that it was cracked up to be.
A third, 34 percent, said they media played it up more than the actual event – at least for them – turned out to be.
And Jones finds that 69 percent of Idahoans believe public officials correctly handled the much-increased traffic, while only 6 percent said public officials fell well short in that area.
A fourth said they didn’t know how the traffic went, most likely because they were in an area where traffic wasn’t much affected.
Speaking of geography and the eclipse, Jones found that those living in the 2nd Congressional District – Boise and parts south and east of it – had different feelings than the rest of the state on the eclipse:
-- 65 percent of those folks viewed the eclipse, while in the 1st Congressional District, which takes in northern Idaho, only 45 percent bothered to look at it.
The older Idahoans – who likely won’t live to see another total or partial eclipse in their backyards – took advantage of the event more than did younger Idahoans. Jones finds:
-- Among those 70 years old or older, 60 percent viewed the eclipse, while 40 percent did not.
-- Those 18-29 years old, 54 percent looked at it, while 45 percent did not.
Jones polled 604 adults from Aug. 23-30. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.