For once, Idahoans are not buying what GOP Pres. Donald Trump is selling – most don’t believe that North Korea will end its nuclear weapons program, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
Pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds:
-- 32 percent of Idahoans are “very” or “somewhat” confident that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will denuclearize his country, if South Korea and the U.S. remove nuclear weapons from South Korea.
-- 65 percent don’t believe Kim will go through with the “verbal” agreement between Trump and Kim made during a recent historic meeting in Singapore.
-- 3 percent don’t know.
Idaho is a very red state and Trump gets pretty good job approval ratings here.
But the new Jones survey shows that Trump’s positive feelings toward Kim don’t hold up in Idaho.
Even Idaho Republicans aren’t with Trump on this one:
-- Members of the Republican Party don’t think Kim will fulfill his end of the “no nukes” promise, 51-46 percent.
-- Democrats have no doubts, saying Trump is whistling in the wind if he thinks Kim will do so, 89-6 percent.
-- Political independents don’t buy the no nukes deal, either, 65-32 percent.
Even Trump’s strongest base, those who self-identified to Jones that they consider themselves “very conservative” politically, are split:
-- 49 percent believe there’s a real chance the Korean peninsula can be nuclear free.
-- 48 percent said it won’t happen.
-- Those who are “somewhat conservative” don’t believe it will happen, 59-40 percent.
-- Moderates say no way, 75-23 percent.
-- Those who are “somewhat liberal” aren’t buying it, 83-15 percent.
-- And the “very liberal” folks say no, 92-4 percent.
Jones also asked if Idahoans support or oppose Trump’s decision to stop military exercises with South Korea – troop movements that historically anger North Korea.
Here Idahoans as a whole agree with Trump’s call, 63-28 percent.
Republicans like it, 74-17 percent.
Democrats oppose it, 56-33 percent.
And political independents agree with the president’s decision, 66-24 percent.
Jones polled 606 adults from June 22 to July 9. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.