A new poll released this week puts Gov. Butch Otter’s job approval rating at 47 percent, with 39 percent disapproving and 9 percent with no opinion.
The poll by Idaho Politics Weekly also shows overwhelming support among Idahoans for gubernatorial term limits, with 82 percent in favor. The online news site is sponsored by Zions Bank.
For the poll, Utah-based pollster Dan Jones & Associates surveyed 508 adult Idahoans between Aug. 20-31. Its top-level finding carries a margin of error of 4.35 percentage points.
On Otter’s job rating, 14 percent “strongly” approved and 33 percent “somewhat” approved of his performance, while 18 percent “somewhat” disapproved and 21 percent “strongly” disapproved. Of the remainder, 9 percent had no opinion, 4 percent hadn’t heard of him, and 3 percent weren’t sure.
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The findings among specific groups, whose smaller sample sizes have higher margins of error:
• Republicans gave Otter a 68 percent favorable rating to 16 percent unfavorable; 10 percent had no opinion, 3 percent hadn’t heard of him, and 2 percent didn’t know.
• Among Democrats, favorables were reversed, 16 percent to 78 percent; 4 percent had no opinion and 2 percent didn’t know him.
• Independents gave him a 40 percent favorability rating to 48 percent unfavorable, while 8 percent had no opinion, 2 percent hadn’t heard of him and 3 percent weren’t sure.
An earlier survey conducted by the same group in June put Otter’s overall favorability at 45 percent to 42 percent unfavorable and 12 percent unsure. That poll of 610 Idahoans had a marign of error just under 4 percent.
Otter was elected to his third term as governor last year and has been in Idaho politics since 1972. Spokesman Jon Hanian said the governor had no comment on the latest data.
On term limits, Jones, the pollster, said he had rarely seen such a super-majority on a subject, with 82 percent in favor, 13 percent opposed, and 6 percent unsure. Three out of four Republicans, 74 percent, favored gubernatorial term limits; 86 percent of Democrats and 89 percent of independents favor them.
Idaho voters approved term limits in 1994 and affirmed them in three subsequent elections, but the Legislature repealed them in 2002, overriding a governor’s veto to do so. Voters subsequently backed the repeal that year by a razor-thin margin of less than 0.5 percent.
See the Idaho Politics Weekly story here.
President Obama’s current averaged favorable-unfavorable rating is 48-47 percent. His job approval rating is 45 percent, with 51 percent disapproving, as tracked by the Huffington Post. Some favorable ratings for other political figures:
Donald Trump (R): 40-52
Jeb Bush (R): 34-52
Ben Carson (R): 38-26
Ted Cruz (R): 29-40
Rand Paul (R): 30-41
Hillary Clinton (D): 41-53
Bernie Sanders (D) 36-33
Mitch McConnell (R): 18-48
Harry Reid (D): 22-44
John Boehner (R): 20-53
Nancy Pelosi (D): 26-50