Donald Trump 01Half of all Idahoans don’t believe that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion with the Donald Trump campaign is legitimate, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.  

And the same survey by Dan Jones & Associates shows that Idahoans are very split over who is to blame for the three-week government shutdown (we just barely avoided a second one a short time ago).

DJA finds:

-- 50 percent of Idahoans said “no” when asked if they believe the special counsel’s investigation is “legitimate.” Mueller may release his report within says or weeks.

-- 43 percent said “yes” when asked if it was a legitimate investigation.

-- And 8 percent didn’t know.

As one would figure, how one views the investigation is highly partisan:

-- Republicans say it is not legitimate, 79-14 percent.

-- Democrats say it is, 87-7 percent.

-- And political independents are split, 46 percent saying it is not legitimate, and 44 percent saying it is.

Just a look at these results tells you just how partisan the Mueller investigation is viewed in Idaho:

-- Among those who said they are “very conservative” politically, 87 percent say the investigation is illegitimate.

-- And among those who say they are “very liberal,” 97 percent say Mueller’s work is legitimate.

Finally, as DJA has found in Idaho polls since Trump took office, men have an overall much better opinion of the Trump and what he is doing than do women:

-- 58 percent of men say the Mueller investigation is illegitimate, 38 percent say it is fine.

-- While 47 percent of women say Mueller’s investigation is legitimate, and 43 percent say it is bogus.

In a separate question DJA asked who is to blame for the government shutdown – Democrats in Congress, or Republicans in Congress, or Trump, or all parties equally. The results are mixed:

-- Among all Idahoans, 36 percent said the Democrats, 2 percent said the congressional Republicans, 34 percent said Trump, 26 percent said all are responsible equally, and 1 percent didn’t know.

Again, Idaho Democrats blame Trump, Republicans blame the Democrats in Congress, and a goodly sum in both parties blame all of them.

Jones polled 615 adult voters from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.