Overall, Idahoans like Pres. Donald Trump, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
But the opinions on Trump are so very different among men and women and Republicans and Democrats, plus independents, that it is almost like Idaho is two different places when it comes to the president, pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds.
Overall, 59 percent of Idaho adults somewhat or strongly approve of Trump’s approval rating. Some 40 percent somewhat or strongly disapprove.
But based on historical, traditional poll results, the differences in demographic groups are quite extraordinary.
- There is a 22-percentage point difference in the approval ratings of the president between men and women.
- Republicans love the man, with 81 percent “somewhat” or “strongly” approving of the job he is doing.
- Democrats despise him, 94 percent disapproving of him.
- While political independents are split, 51 percent disapprove, 47 percent approve.
The gender gap is significant – and rarely seen in 40 years of polling by Jones.
- 70 percent of men approve of the job Trump is doing, with 42 percent strongly approving.
- Yet only 48 percent of women approve of Trump.
- 49 percent of women disapprove of the president.
- But only 29 percent of men do.
Of course, much of the disapproval among Idaho women stems from Trump’s continued problems with his treatment of women, both historically and in recent times.
Trump’s current personal attorney – former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and his former attorney/fixer, Michael Cohen, have both basically admitted that Trump paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 just before the 2016 election to keep her quiet over an alleged affair.
This past week it was reported that Cohen had taped conversations with Trump over the arrangement with a tabloid owner to pay a former Playmate model money for her story about a six-month alleged affair with Trump, in order to keep that story quiet before the election.
Both alleged affairs happened just after Trump’s third wife, First Lady Melania Trump, had the couple’s first child, Barron, in the mid-2000s.
Most religious groups in Idaho stand by the president, despite his troubles with women and Democrats:
- Mormons like Trump, 81-18 percent.
- Catholics approve of the job he’s doing, 55-45 percent.
- Protestants agree, 60-39 percent.
- Other Christians like him, 69-29 percent.
- Those of other faiths are split over the president, 50-50 percent.
- While those with no religion disapprove of Trump, 68-29 percent.
Jones also asked about the job approval of Vice President Mike Pence, who has NOT had the marital/affair scandals of the president.
But Pence’s job approval ratings, as could be expected, follow the president’s.
- Overall, Idahoans like Pence, 54-34 percent.
- Republicans love him, with an 89 percent approval rating.
- Democrats dislike him, 81-13 percent.
- Political independents are split, 46 percent approve of Pence, 41 percent don’t.
- Men like Pence, with a 68-25 percent approval rating.
- A plurality of women like him; 48 percent give him a positive approval rating, with 42 percent disapproving of the vice president.
Jones polled 606 adults from June 22 to July 9. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.0 percent.