By a plurality, Idahoans think the United States is on the wrong track, but a majority believe Idaho is doing just fine -- headed in the right direction -- a poll for Idaho Politics Weekly finds.
Since the U.S. and Idaho economies are doing well, when asked by pollsters whether the country/state is going in the right or wrong direction, one’s personal politics plays a role.
And so it seems with Idahoans – who are mostly conservative Republicans.
Pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds:
-- 40 percent of Idahoans say the country is going in the right direction.
-- But 49 percent say it is going the wrong way – led by GOP President Donald Trump.
-- 11 percent don’t know.
There is less doubt about how Idaho itself is doing as a state:
-- 58 percent say Idaho is going in the right direction.
-- 27 percent say it’s going the wrong way.
-- 15 percent don’t know.
As Idaho Politics Weekly has seen on other questions over recent years, men and women see things differently when it comes to national issues:
-- 49 percent of men say the U.S. is going in the right direction, but only 32 percent of women agree.
-- 56 percent of women say the country is headed in the wrong direction, while only 41 percent of men say that.
Time after time, DJA has seen in its polling that Idaho women have a real problem with Trump, and women generally have lower opinions of Congress, as well.
Since Trump, a Republican, is leading the nation, and Republicans hold all the major offices in the state, we see that Republicans have a higher opinion of both where the country and Idaho are going:
-- 65 percent of Republicans say the U.S. is going in the right direction, only 22 percent disagree.
-- 78 percent of Republicans say Idaho itself is going in the right direction, only 9 percent say wrong direction.
Democrats and political independents see things very differently:
-- 87 percent of Democrats say the U.S. is going the wrong direction; only 4 percent disagree.
-- 53 percent of Democrats say the state is going in the wrong direction; 28 percent say Idaho is going in the right direction.
-- 64 percent of political independents say the U.S. is going in the wrong direction; 29 percent say it is going the right way.
-- But then independents flip on the state – with 54 percent saying Idaho is going in the right direction; 31 percent say the wrong direction.
There is a real difference, as well, in these results based on education level achieved:
-- Those with only a high school degree say the U.S. is going in the right direction, 46-44 percent.
-- While those with a post-college degree, like an MBA or a PhD, say the country is going in the wrong direction, 59-26 percent.
And there are differences on where the U.S. is going by various religious groups, as well:
-- Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say the country is going in the right direction, 48-35 percent.
-- Those who are Christians, in general, say the country is going in the right direction, 49-37 percent.
But other religious groups say the country is going in the wrong direction by healthy majorities.
And those who said they have no religion say the U.S. is going in the wrong direction, 67-32 percent.
DJA polled 615 adult voters from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4. – or well before the Mueller report came out on President Donald Trump.
The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.