Idahoans are a bit schizophrenic when it comes to their opinions on government – federal, state, county and city – finds a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll.
Only 6 percent say they trust the federal government – how’s that for a low confidence level – while 26 percent say the feds give them the most for the tax dollars they take, the highest best-buy rating of all forms of government.
Those are just some of the findings in a new survey conducted by Dan Jones & Associates.
Jones polled 603 registered voters from July 22 to Aug. 4; with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.97 percent.
More than a third of all Idahoans – 37 percent – say they don’t trust government at any level.
While 20 percent say they trust all the levels of government – federal, state, county and city – about the same.
Any way you cut the poll results, many Idahoans don’t like government much.
They don’t trust government much.
Historically, the government closest to the people – a city mayor and city council – are the most trusted and receive the highest approval ratings.
That’s true in Jones’ new poll, but not by much.
Twelve percent said city government is the most trustworthy, the highest of the four categories.
But that still is only 12 percent.
Eighteen percent said they get the best response from their city government when they have a problem. Again, the highest of the four levels of government.
But when it comes to getting the most out of the taxes you pay, what a shift:
-- 26 percent said they get the best tax buy from the federal government.
Perhaps these folks are getting some kind of federal program help, either in Social Services, Social Security or some other aid.
-- Only 9 percent said their tax dollars are best used by their city, 14 percent said county government, and 16 percent said state government.
So Idahoans see city government as less-than-efficient with tax dollars.
Idahoans are a pretty independent lot. Still, it is a bit odd that 37 percent say they don’t trust any level of government.
And 23 percent said they get no response from the government when they need its help, and 15 percent said no level of government provides adequate programs/help for the tax dollars taken.