Capitol & State

Poll data: Idaho likes Ben Carson

There’s new polling data out today from the Zions Bank-backed Idaho Politics Weekly news site. This week it’s favorable/unfavorable ratings for presidential candidates and Idaho’s top officeholders. And away we go:

Presidential candidates

Among Republican hopefuls, Ben Carson has the highest favorables and was the only candidate above the 50 percent mark, at 55 percent. He has a 24 percent unfavorable rating. Among Republicans only, Carson’s favorable/unfavorable numbers are 73-12.

The rest of the GOP frontrunners:

▪ Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: 44-28. Republicans only: 57-13.

▪ Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: 35-35. Republicans only: 48-19.

▪ Donald Trump: 41-53. Republicans only: 52-42.

The Democrats:

▪ Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders: 38-39. Democrats only: 67-18.

▪ Hillary Clinton: 29-66. Democrats only: 79-16.

Idaho officeholders

For leading Idaho officeholders, all Republicans, the polling gave three out of five “less than satisfactory” favorable ratings. Only two were above 50 percent. Here are the favorable/unfavorable breakdowns:

▪ Gov. Butch Otter: 49-40 overall, 67-26 among Republicans.

▪ Sen. Jim Risch: 45-25 overall, 62-10 among Republicans.

▪ Sen. Mike Crapo: 54-24 overall, 71-12 among Republicans.

▪ Rep. Mike Simpson: 58-26 overall, 63-19 among Republicans.

▪ Rep. Raul Labrador: 45-32 overall, 67-17 among Republicans.

The polling, conducted by Utah pollster Dan Jones & Associates, surveyed 595 adults between Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. The margin of error for the top level results is plus or minus 4 percent.

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