Idahoans feeling pretty good about economy & jobs

By and large, most Idahoans are confident about their own economic future and their job prospects, but they worry about what the next generation faces economically, and they don’t believe incomes across the board are fair in the United States.

Those are the results of a recent Idaho poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates.

Some of the findings:

-- 58 percent of Idahoans agree with the statement: “I’m confident about my economic future.”

-- Only 18 percent aren’t confident, while 24 percent are neutral on the subject.

-- 55 percent of Idahoans disagree with the belief that “income distribution is fair in the United States.”

-- 22 percent believe incomes in the U.S. are fair, while 24 percent don’t know, or are neutral on that question.

The disquieting finding in the survey is this one:

-- 47 percent of Idahoans, or about half, worry that the next generation will not have as good personal economic future as they do.

In other words, the next generation won’t find the job opportunities that their parents have.

-- Only 20 percent of Idahoans are confident that their children will have better job prospects, while 32 percent – or about a third – are neutral on the question, and don’t know if their children will be better off or not.

That worry about future job prospects is also found in the responses to this question: “Do you agree or disagree that the newest jobs in Idaho are very desirable:”

-- 31 percent agree with that statement.

-- But 23 percent disagree, with 46 percent – or nearly half – of all Idahoans saying they don’t know if that will be the case or not.

Again, Idahoans feel pretty good about where they are currently sitting economically:

-- 52 percent like their own job prospects.

-- 17 percent don’t, while 30 percent are unsure.

-- And 51 percent say they have enough savings to pay their bills for six months should something go wrong.

-- But 36 percent say they don’t have enough savings to carry them for half a year, while 13 percent say they don’t know.

Pollsters interviews 641 Idaho adults from Sept. 26 to Oct. 8. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.87 percent.