Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter is liked by a majority of Idahoans, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
But pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds that the job approval ratings of both U.S. senators, Republicans Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, need some work.
In a new survey, Jones finds:
- 54 percent of Idahoans “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of the job Otter, who retires at the end of this year, is doing.
- 37 percent disapprove of him, and 9 percent don’t know.
The numbers are not quite that good for Crapo and Risch:
- Crapo’s job approval is 50-36 percent, with 15 percent don’t know.
- Risch is 44-34 percent approval, with 23 percent don’t know.
Having almost one fourth of your constituents not knowing how you are doing at your job is surprising for Risch, who has been in office since 2008.
Idaho Politics Weekly surveys over the last several years have shown a continuing difference between how men and women view politics, both in the state and nation.
Idaho women especially don’t much like GOP President Donald Trump.
But the same gender breakout is found in the job approval numbers of Crapo and Risch:
49 percent of men approve of the job Risch is doing in the Senate.
- But only 30 percent of women like him.
- 39 percent of men disapprove of Risch, and 37 percent of women do, meaning women actually disapprove of Rich 37-30 percent.
- Among men, Crapo’s job approve is 54-36 percent.
- But among women it is 46-39 percent approval.
Otter is about the same approval ratings between men and women – meaning something is different among Idaho women when it comes to Washington, D.C., politics.
As would be expected, Idaho Republicans really like all three men, while Democrats don’t.
But there is some dissatisfaction among political independents in Idaho, Jones finds:
Independents, who don’t belong to any political party, give Otter a 47-42 percent job approval rating.
But independents are against their U.S. senators:
- Risch has a 42-34 percent DISAPPROVAL rating.
- While Crapo is also underwater, getting a 49-39 percent DISAPPROVAL rating among independents.
In short, independents don’t like what is going in D.C., politics and the U.S. Senate.
Jones polled 606 adults from June 22 to July 9. The survey has a margin of error statewide of 4.0 percent.