Republicans living in Idaho are feeling pretty good about things these days.
Democrats, not so much.
A recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds 74 percent of Republicans in the state believe Idaho is on the right track, while only 12 percent say the state is going the wrong way.
But pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds that Democrats say the state is going in the wrong direction, 69 percent, to only 21 percent saying Idaho is going the right direction.
Jones’ says a right track/wrong track question is a standard used to see how citizens are feeling about life in general, and how the state government, or schools, or other local public institutions are doing more specifically.
Political independents are more uncertain, Jones finds; 48 percent say Idaho is going in the right direction, while 45 percent don’t know.
Because there are so many more Republicans in Idaho than Democrats, when you take the state as a whole, 54 percent of all Idahoans say the state is going in the right direction, while 34 percent say it is going the wrong way, and 12 percent don’t know, or have no opinion, Jones found.
GOP Pres. Donald Trump carried Idaho in the 2016 election. All of the state and federal top elected officials in Idaho are Republicans.
And the U.S. Congress is controlled by Republicans, also.
Yet while most Idahoans are feeling pretty good about their own state, as previously reported, Jones found that they don’t share those positive attitudes about the nation as a whole.
Only 40 percent say America is going the right direction, while 46 percent say it is going in the wrong direction.
Regular readers of Idaho Politics Weekly know that ever since Trump was elected, Idaho women have had a more negative view of both the president and issues related to his leadership.
And that trends over into how the different sexes feel about both the United States and Idaho.
For example, Jones finds:
- 62 percent of Idaho men say the state is going in the right direction.
- But only 46 percent of women agree that the state is going the right way.
- 29 percent of men say the state is going in the wrong direction.
- But 39 percent of the women believe that.
The 16 percentage point difference between men saying Idaho is going in the right direction and women who say the same is a statistically significant difference.
And it shows that women in the state are much more troubled about how things are going these days than are men.
Jones polled 617 adults from Feb. 26 to March 15. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.