Most Idahoans do not believe the 2016 Donald Trump campaign colluded with Russia in an attempt to get him elected president, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
However, pollster Dan Jones & Associates also finds that opinions in Idaho on this issue are very partisan – Republicans not believing their party’s president worked with Russians to beat Democrat Hillary Clinton, while Democrats and political independents believing Trump did so.
A special counsel, Robert Mueller, and his team have been investigating the Trump campaign’s connection to Russia, if any, for over a year.
-- 51 percent of Idahoans said Trump’s campaign did not collude with Russians.
-- 40 percent believe he did.
-- And 8 percent don’t know.
There are clear breakouts depending on one’s partisan leanings and political philosophies:
-- Republicans say Trump didn’t collude with Russians, 79-14 percent.
-- But independents – who don’t belong to any political party – say he did, 54-34 percent.
-- Democrats have few doubts: Trump’s campaign in some manner worked with the Russians, 87-8 percent.
Trump’s strongest support comes from those who told Jones they are ‘very conservative” politically:
-- 88 percent said he did not work with the Russians, 8 percent said he did.
-- Those who said they are “somewhat conservative” stand with Trump and his collusion denial, 65-24 percent.
-- “Moderates” say Trump did work with the Russians, 64-28 percent.
-- The “somewhat liberals” and “very liberals” are sure, also; Trump worked with the Russians, 85-12 percent and 94-4 percent, respectively.
Jones also found differences between men and women, some age groups, and overall education:
-- 48 percent of women believe Trump worked with the Russians, only 34 percent of men did.
-- Those who are 30-39 years old said Trump worked with Russia, 52-38 percent.
-- But those over 70 years old said he did not, 57-39 percent.
Finally, those with just a high school degree said Trump did not collude with the Russians, 55-33 percent.
-- But those who hold post-college degrees, like doctors, lawyers, PhDs and Masters degrees, say he did work with the Russians, 56-39 percent.
Jones polled 617 adults from Feb. 26 to March 15. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.