Both President Donald Trump and the Idaho Legislature are more popular than the state’s congressional delegation, according to a recent poll.
According to the survey of 604 voters the Salt Lake City-based firm Dan Jones and Associates did in late August, 56 percent of them approve of Trump’s job performance, while 42 percent disapprove and 2 percent don’t know. Trump’s approval rating here is far higher than in much of the country — he is in the high 30s or low 40s percent approval in most national polling — but it also makes sense given that Trump carried Idaho with about 59 percent of the vote last November.
The Legislature is at 50-35 approval, with 15 percent unsure, and Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is at 48-37, with 14 percent unsure.
Out of the state’s two congressmen, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson polled better in his district than U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador in his. (The sample was about evenly split between the two.) Simpson is at 48-35 approval, with 16 percent unsure, and Labrador, who is running for governor and therefore won’t be running for another term in Congress, at 41-40, with 19 percent undecided. U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is at 47-34, 19 percent unsure, and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch at 42-32, with 26 percent unsure.
All of the state’s congressmen and senators, and Trump and Otter, are Republicans, and the Legislature has a GOP super-majority. Republicans also greatly outnumber Democrats among the state’s voters.
Trump’s approval ratings were higher among men, older people and people who don’t have a post-high school degree. Idaho men approve of Trump’s performance 60-38, while he’s at 53-45 with women.
Idahoans with a high school degree approve of Trump 65-32, while those with a college degree disapprove 43-52. Idahoans ages 50 to 59 approve of Trump’s performance in office 61-37, while younger Idahoans are more likely to disapprove by 45-52.
The poll has a 4 percent margin of error.