New West has some preliminary numbers from an Idaho Democratic Senate campaign poll. Full results of the poll will be released Tuesday.
The Larry LaRocco for Senate poll surveyed 500 likely Idaho voters and was conducted from May 20 to May 25 by Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners.
Idaho has the most Republican-dominated state legislature of all the 50 states, and the GOP holds all the top-level statewide offices. So it’s more than surprising that 54% of those polled said they disapproved of the job President Bush is doing – it could be telling.
The closest Idaho poll readily available for comparison is a Survey USA poll done in August 2007 which had a 49% disapproval rating for Bush. So LaRocco’s poll could signal a five percent jump in disapproval for Bush, and the first time a majority of likely-voting Idahoans disapprove of the president.
LaRocco campaign manager Bob Stout told New West, “As Larry LaRocco has traveled the state, Idahoans have been upset about the $3 trillion cost of the War in Iraq and the ballooning national debt, which stands at $9.3 trillion. “
“The economy is in the tank—the gas tank. Gas prices jumped from just over $1 when Bush took office to just over $4 today. People blame the president.”
Lake’s poll also showed 54% had a favorable opinion of McCain while 50 percent viewed Obama favorably.
New West will publish the full results and analysis tomorrow.