Idahoans really don’t like the job Congress is doing, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.
But they do like how the Idaho Legislature is doing its job, the survey by Dan Jones & Associates shows.
Overall, 72 percent of Idahoans “strongly” or “somewhat” disapprove of the job Congress is doing.
They feel differently about their own Legislature, which is controlled by Republicans in the state House and Senate:
-- 58 percent approve of the Legislature’s actions, while 29 percent disapprove and 12 percent don’t know.
While Idaho Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much, polling by IPW has shown over the last several years, they do agree on Congress: They don’t like it.
Of course, the U.S. House is now controlled by Democrats, the Senate by Republicans.
But Idahoans of both political parties don’t approve of the job Congress is doing:
-- Republicans, 71-24 percent disapprove of Congress.
-- Democrats, 70-25 percent disapprove of Congress.
-- Political independents, who don’t belong to either party, disapprove of Congress, 73-24 percent.
Now, when you ask about the GOP-controlled Idaho Legislature, you get different responses based on partisanship:
-- Republicans approve of the Legislature, 73-14 percent.
-- Democrats disapprove of the Legislature, 54-34 percent.
-- Political independents approve of the Legislature’s work, 59-33 percent.
Still, just over a third of Democrats like the job the Republican-controlled Legislature is doing – and that’s not a bad number.
Like political party feelings about Congress, those with very different political philosophies say it is failing them:
-- Those who told DJA they are “very conservative” disapprove of Congress, 75-20 percent.
-- Moderates disapprove of Congress, 73-26 percent.
-- And those who are “very liberal,” disapprove of Congress, 74-21 percent.
Those are some amazingly consistent opinions.
But things change when asked about the job approval of Idaho’s Legislature:
-- “Very conservative,” 75-11 approval.
-- Moderates are split, 46 percent approve, 41 percent disapprove.
-- The “very liberal” don’t like the Legislature, 77-19 percent disapproval.
DJA polled 615 adult voters from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.