Idahoans worry about the rising cost of health care above any other financial issue in their lives, a recent Idaho Policy Weekly poll shows.
And, by large majorities, they believe the cost of housing in their community, bank interest rates, and consumer prices will all rise significantly over the next 12 months.
The good news?
A third believe their own household income will increase significantly in 2019, while just over half believe it will stay at least the same.
The survey by Dan Jones & Associates finds:
-- 31 percent of Idahoans place the rising cost of health care as their major economic concern.
-- 32 percent mentioned other personal financial issues in the survey.
Other money concerns (respondents could select more than one concern):
-- Inflation and the cost of living was listed first by 24 percent of those surveyed.
-- Housing costs, 18 percent.
-- The inequality of income among people, 15 percent.
-- Tax rates, 14 percent.
-- Illegal immigration, 14 percent.
-- Wage stagnation, 13 percent.
-- The federal government’s growing deficits, 12 percent.
-- Cost of higher education, 11 percent.
-- Lack of adequate social services, including education, 11 percent.
-- The Trump administration’s tariffs, or trade wars, 10 percent.
On the other financial issues:
-- 74 percent (or three fourths) said they expect the cost of housing in their area will significantly increase over the next 12 months.
-- Only 5 percent said it would go down, 21 percent said it will stay about the same.
-- 72 percent said interest rates will rise (they were right about that one, the Federal Reserve Bank board recently raised the rates, again).
-- 4 percent said they would go down, and 24 percent said they would remain the same.
-- 73 percent said consumer prices would go up over the next year.
-- Only 1 percent said they would drop, while 26 percent said they would stay about the same.
There is a difference of opinion from the above on the question of whether their personal income would significantly increase, decrease, or stay the same:
-- 33 percent, or one third, said they believe their incomes will increase over the next year, a hopeful sign.
-- 9 percent said they would go down, unfortunately.
-- And 58 percent said they believe their incomes will stay about the same in 2019.
The survey research firm polled 636 adults from Sept. 26 to Oct. 8. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent.