Idahoans are really not liking what the U.S. Congress is doing these days, but they do approve of their own Idaho State Legislature, a recent poll by Idaho Politics Weekly shows.
Both legislative bodies are controlled by Republicans.
And Idaho is a very red state – all of its top elected offices are held by Republicans.
But Congress is basically failing, according to the latest survey of Idahoans by Dan Jones & Associates.
Only 24 percent of Idahoans “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of the job Congress is doing.
And 72 percent – or nearly three out of four Idahoans – disapprove of Congress’ job performance.
Five percent don’t have an opinion, found Jones.
Meanwhile, the Idaho Legislature is doing OK:
-- 51 percent of Idahoans approve of the job state lawmakers are doing.
The 2018 general session ended just over a month ago.
-- 40 percent disapprove of the Idaho Legislature – which has supermajorities of Republicans in the House and Senate.
-- And 9 percent didn’t have an opinion.
For an amorphous body like a legislature to get over 50 percent support is a pretty good showing, says Jones, who has polled in the Mountain West for over 40 years.
As might be expected, Idaho Republicans have a better opinion of both the GOP-controlled Congress, and the Republican-dominated Legislature:
-- Republicans approve of Congress, 60-34 percent.
-- Republicans really like the Idaho Legislature, 72-18 percent.
Democrats are on the other side, however:
-- Democrats dislike the job Congress is doing, 87-11 percent.
-- And the minority party in Idaho doesn’t like the Legislature’s job, either, 73-18 percent.
Political independents are mixed – disliking the job both Congress and the Legislature is doing, but by very different margins:
-- Independents disapprove of the job Congress is doing, 77-19 percent.
-- They dislike how the Idaho Legislature is acting, 52-43 percent.
Whether Idahoans’ attitudes towards Congress will slip over into the governor’s race this year is still unknown.
U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, the Republican in the 1st Congressional District, is giving up that seat and running for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
Jones polled 617 adults from Feb. 26 to March 15. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.