Idahoans are split over whether immigration policies of President Donald Trump will help or hurt Idaho’s economy, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
Pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds:
-- 46 percent of Idahoans believe the president’s immigration policies will either “definitely” or “probably” help Idaho’s economy.
-- 45 percent say they will harm the state’s economy.
-- While 8 percent don’t know.
It is a mixed bag – because Trump is essentially targeting Muslims and Islamic countries. And such immigrants – illegal or not – are not likely to work Idaho farms or ski resort hotels.
It’s usually Hispanic immigrants who are especially helpful to Idaho farmers and hospitality businesses.
The poll was finished before Trump announced on Sept. 5 that he was ending protections for the so-called Dreamers – young adults brought to America by their parents when they were children.
So the reaction to that decision – even though a few days later Trump stepped back from his hardline announcement to say the Dreamers shouldn’t be deported and that he would give Congress six months to act on the issue – is not reflected in Jones’ new numbers.
As has been the case on other poll results concerning Trump, Idaho men agree with him more than do women.
-- 51 percent of men believe his immigration actions will help Idaho, only 43 percent of women agree.
-- 47 percent of women say his policies will harm the state’s economy, only 43 percent of men agree.
Most Republicans in Idaho have continued to back Trump, no matter what he does.
Democrats basically hate him.
While political independents are usually against what he proposes.
-- Republicans say Trump’s immigration actions will help the state economy, 65-25 percent.
-- Democrats say it will hurt, 85-8 percent.
-- Independents agree it will be harmful, but to a lesser extent, 54-39 percent.
Those who told Jones they are conservative (“very” or “somewhat”) by healthy majorities say Trump’s actions on immigration will help the state.
Moderates and liberals (“somewhat” or “very”) say it will harm the state’s economies by large majorities.
Finally, as has been seen in other IPW polling, Idaho Mormons are more willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt on issues than are their counterparts in heavily-Mormon Utah, where Jones does polling for IPW’s sister political newsletter – UtahPolicy.com.
Utah Mormons have real problems with Trump’s stands on immigration, with Mormon Church leaders reiterating the Prophet Joseph Smith’s call for the inclusion of all good men of faith at various times – including Muslims.
But Idaho Mormons reflect the opinions of Idahoans in general on this question – 49 percent say Trump’s immigration actions will help the state’s economy, while 41 percent it will harm it.
Jones polled 604 adults from Aug. 23-30. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.