A new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows that President Donald Trump’s continued popularity in Idaho is actually very divided, when considering differences between men and women and Idahoans of differing political affiliations.
Pollster Dan Jones found a particularly significant gender gap — one he said he’s rarely seen in his 40 years of polling.
“It is quite remarkable,” said LaVarr Webb, publisher of Idaho Politics Weekly, a Zions Bank publication that commissioned the Idaho poll. “Men and women just have different opinions about the guy.”
The statewide poll found that 70 percent of men approved of the job Trump is doing, with 42 percent of them strongly supporting it; just 29 percent disapproved. Among women, just 48 percent approved of the president’s job performance, while 49 percent disapproved.
That’s a 22-point gender gap. “Ten would be out of the ordinary,” Webb said.
Dan Jones & Associates queried 606 Idaho adults from June 22 to July 9; the pollster reports that the survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.
Overall, the poll found that 59 percent of Idaho adults somewhat or strongly approved of Trump’s job performance. About 40 percent strongly disapproved.
“A lot of the national polls also show a wide divergence between men and women,” Webb said. “I think it’s understandable. I mean, my own wife just really cannot stand Donald Trump or anything about him, and I don’t like his personality or the way he operates but I do like some of his policies. So I think that that is reflective of a lot of people in Idaho and the rest of the country.”
The poll also found big divisions by political affiliation. Among Republicans, 81 percent approved of Trump’s performance. Among Democrats, 54 percent disapproved. Independents were split, with 51 percent disapproving, and 47 percent approving.
The poll also looked at the results by religious affiliation. Among Mormons, 81 percent approved of Trump. Catholics were at 55 percent; Protestants, 60 percent; and other Christians, 69 percent. People of other faiths were split 50-50, while those with no religion had 68 percent disapproving.