Idahoans are only moderately optimistic about the economic futures of the U.S., Idaho, or their own household incomes, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.

Pollster Dan Jones & Associates asked 621 adults their feelings about the national and Idaho economies – whether they will be better a year from now than today.

He also asked respondents if their personal household incomes will be better in 12 months.

Jones finds:

  • 28 percent believe the U.S. economy will be better in a year; 28 percent think it will be worse; 35 percent said it would be about the same, and 9 percent didn’t have an opinion.

Women were more optimistic than men.

  • 30 percent of women said it would be better, only 25 percent of men said that.
  • Only 21 percent of women said it would be worse, 35 percent of men said that.
  • 38 percent of women said the national economy would be about the same, 32 percent of men believe that.

Idahoans were ambivalent about the state economic outlook:

  • 27 percent said it would be better; 17 percent said worse, and 51 percent said it would be about the same.

Again, women were more optimistic than men on the state economy, Jones found.

Finally, a third of Idahoans said their household income would be better in 12 months, only 10 percent predicted they would be making less money than today, and 55 percent stated that they would be bringing in about the same amount of cash.

Jones finds that Idahoans, overall, are more optimistic about the federal, state and their own personal financial outlooks than the nation as a whole.

Jones polled 621 adults from Jan. 21-31. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.93 percent.