By far, education is the top issue in Idaho, a new Idaho Politics Weekly finds.
Education, how we fund it, deal with it, and promote it, was named as the No. 1 issue by 22 percent of the populace, a new survey by Dan Jones & Associates finds.
It gets twice as many votes as the second-place finisher – jobs and unemployment, which is named by 10 percent of the people, found Jones in a survey conducted June 17 to July 1 of 596 adults. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.
Education is way down the list when Jones asked Idahoans what the No. 1 national issue is.
There, 17 percent said the economy is the most important issue at the federal level, followed by terrorism/foreign policy at 12 percent.
Jones asked an open-ended question: “What is the No. 1 issue facing Idaho, (or in a separate question) the No. 1 issue facing the United States.
He them compiled the results, combining a few related answers.
What is also interesting in the results is what ARE NOT major issues according the regular citizens, but which may be considered important issues by the media, pundits and/or politicians.
For example, same-sex marriage was nightly news fodder after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in late June homosexual couples may marry across the United States.
But Idahoans didn’t even mention same-sex marriage as a national issue, and only 2 percent said same-sex marriage was the No. 1 issue facing the state.
National and local politicians have been battling over Obamacare and health care in general for several years.
But only 3 percent in both the national and Idaho issue listed health care as the No. 1 issue.
So, it is either no longer that important to many Idahoans, or has Obamacare gotten more Idahoans insurance coverage, and so they don’t worry about it any more?