Overall, Idahoans are split over whether they approve or disapprove of the job GOP President Donald Trump is doing, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
Republicans like him a lot; Democrats really, really dislike him; political independents mostly don’t like him, while Idaho men approve of Trump, and Idaho women don’t – finds IPW pollster Dan Jones & Associates.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence fares better in Idaho, with a 59 percent approval rating.
And most Idaho Republicans don’t like Trump personally, but do agree with his agenda and policies, Jones finds.
Here are some demographics on the president:
- Half (50 percent) of Idahoans “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of the job Trump is doing.
- 47 percent “strongly” or “somewhat” disapprove of him.
- While 2 percent don’t know.
Idaho women dislike the president much more than do Idaho men – a trend seen in other states.
The reason for this is obvious – Trump continues to battle accusations he cheated on his wife with a porn star and a Playboy model.
- 56 percent of Idaho men approve of Trump, while only 45 percent of women do.
- 52 percent of Idaho women disapprove of him, while only 42 percent of men disapprove.
Ten percentage points in differences between men and women is a significant statistical variance.
Younger Idahoans hold different views than do their parents and grandparents.
Those 18-24 years old disapprove of Trump, 53-43 percent.
While those 50-59 years old approve of the president, 52-47 percent.
Trump is clearly seen through a very partisan lens:
- Republicans approve of the president 83-16 percent.
- Democrats really dislike him, 91-7 percent.
- And political independents by a two-to-one factor dislike him, 66-30 percent.
While Trump had some problems with Mormons early on, that disfavor has mostly gone away in Idaho.
Idaho Mormons approve of Trump, 65-32 percent.
Those who self-identified as Christians like him, 63-35 percent; while Catholics, Protestants and those belonging to other religions don’t like him at all.
And those who said they have “no religion” really dislike him, 71-27 percent.
Jones then asked Idahoans why they like or dislike Trump, giving the options:
- “I love everything about him.”
- “I don’t like him personally, but I like most of his agendas and policies.”
- “I don’t like his agenda and policies, but I like him personally.”
- “I dislike everything about him.”
- And “don’t know.”
As you may guess, responses are all over the place, with only 14 percent saying they like everything about Trump.
- 38 percent said they don’t like him, but like his policies.
- Only 3 percent said they like him, but not his policies.
- And 36 percent said they dislike everything about Trump.
An interesting demographic is among Republicans:
- 54 percent of his own party in Idaho said they don’t like him personally, but they like his policies.
- 24 percent of Republicans said they love everything about Trump.
- 90 percent of Democrats said they dislike everything about Trump.
- While 48 percent of independents agreed with that overall distain.
Finally, Pence doesn’t does better overall with Idahoans than does his boss, Trump.
Fifty-nine percent said they approve of the job the vice president is doing, 36 percent disapprove, and 10 percent didn’t know.
Jones polled 617 adults from Feb. 26 to March 15. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.