Idaho’s top politicians – all Republicans – do just fine among their own party members in job approval ratings, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.
But they aren’t liked as much among Democrats, or even political independents.
The results of a survey by Dan Jones & Associates shows there remains a partisan divide in the state.
Among all Idahoans:
-- Newly-elected Gov. Brad Little – who was a long-time lieutenant governor previously – gets a 58-19 percent approval rating. That means 58 percent of Idahoans “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of the job the new governor is doing; 19 percent “strongly” or “somewhat” disapprove of the job Little is doing.
-- And 24 percent don’t know how he is doing.
But when you ask only Republicans about Little, he does much, much better – 73 percent approve of him, only 7 percent disapprove, and 20 percent don’t know.
-- A plurality of Democrats are still willing to give Little the benefit of the doubt – 42 percent approve of him, 36 percent disapprove, and 23 percent don’t know.
-- Independents like Little a bit more’ he has a 49-23 percent approval rating, with 28 percent saying they don’t know.
Historically, governors are seen as less partisan than are members of Congress – senators and representatives.
And that is reflected in how Idahoans see their federal delegation, as well:
Sen. Mike Crapo:
-- He has an overall approval rating of 54-21 percent, with 14 percent undecided.
-- Republicans like him, 73-13 percent; Democrats don’t like him, 62-26 percent; and independents are split with an approval rating of 49-36 percent.
Sen. Jim Risch:
-- Overall, Idahoans approve of him, 45-31 percent, with 23 percent saying they don’t know. That is a rather high don’t know, considering how long Risch has been in office.
-- Republicans like Risch, 68-9 percent, with 23 don’t know – again a high don’t know from his own party members.
-- Democrats dislike Risch, 67-18 percent; while independents are split on him, 39-39 percent, with 22 percent undecided.
Rep. Russ Fulcher is new in his office, having won the 1st District seat just last November. So as you may expect, many of his constituents don’t know him.
-- Among all of his constituents, he has an approval rating of 36-22 percent, but 43 percent don’t know enough about him to have an opinion.
-- Republicans like Fulcher, 55-5 percent, with 41 percent don’t know.
-- Democrats dislike him, 49-12 percent, with 38 percent don’t know.
-- And independents don’t like him, 31-19 percent, with 50 percent don’t know.
Rep. Mike Simpson gets good numbers:
-- Overall, his 2nd District constituents like him, 57-31 percent.
-- His own party Republicans like him 69-17 percent.
-- Democrats dislike him 57-35 percent.
-- And political independents like him 58-26 percent.
These are actually pretty good numbers for Simpson, and you’ll see that 35 percent of Democrats actually think he is doing a good job in the U.S. House – a good number in these partisan times.
DJA polled 615 adults from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4. Statewide, the survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.
In the 1st District he polled 311 adults. In the 2nd District he polled 301 adults. Both those surveys have a margin of error of plus or minus 5.6 percent.