Unlike young adult Republicans in other states, the Idaho Republican Party is not losing its millennials, although the younger folks may not be as conservative as their elders, a Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
In other western states – indeed across the country – younger voters are turning away from the Republican Party, partly because of Pres. Donald Trump – who is not popular among them – and partly because they are not reading traditional news sources as their parents do, various studies have found.
But in the Gem State that doesn’t appear to be happening – or at least not with the numbers in other states.
A Dan Jones & Associates survey shows that throughout the various age groups, those who call themselves Republicans hold fairly steady.
However, the percent who said they are “very conservative” in their politics, is less among younger Idahoans than older folks.
Some of the numbers:
-- Among those who are 18-29-years-old, 41 percent said they are Republicans.
-- 30-39, 41 percent are GOP.
-- 40-49, 39 percent.
-- 50-59, 48 percent.
-- 60-69, 51 percent.
-- 70 years or older, 44 percent are Republicans.
Likewise, Democrats hold to about the same percentages as you move into older groups.
And the same with political independents, those who don’t belong to any political party.
However, the number who say they are “very conservative” in their politics is less among younger groups than older Idahoans.
-- 18-29, 17 percent say they are very conservative.
-- 30-39, 20 percent of that age group is very conservative.
-- 40-49, 16 percent.
-- 50-59, 25 percent.
-- 60-69, 32 percent.
-- And those over 70 years old, 31 percent say they are very conservative in their politics.
What can we draw from this?
Well, Idaho has a lot of small towns and rural residents, and is a heavy agricultural state, except for around the capital city, Boise.
And so young adults in rural areas, on the farm, or in the related ag industries, may tend to be more Republican than in other states.
But even these younger Republicans are not as conservative as their elders – perhaps a shift in attitude we may see changing politics in the coming years.
DJA polled 615 adults from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4, 2019. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.