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A poll conducted by SurveyUSA, taken less than 36 hours after the story of Sen. Larry Craig’s guilty plea for disorderly conduct in an airport men’s room, showed that 55% of Idahoans surveyed want Craig to resign. A sample of 600 adults, surveyed Tuesday evening (August 28) included 475 registered voters who had heard the story. 55% said Craig should resign, 34% said he should stay in office, and 11% were not sure. Among Republicans, 45% said Craig should resign, 42% said he should remain in office.

Poll: 55% Call for Craig’s Resignation

A poll conducted by SurveyUSA, taken less than 36 hours after the story of Sen. Larry Craig’s guilty plea for disorderly conduct in an airport men’s room, showed that 55% of Idahoans surveyed want Craig to resign.

The poll used standard call-sampling techniques. From SurveyUSA’s website:

Respondent households were selected at random, using Random Digit Dialed (RDD) sample provided by Survey Sampling, of Fairfield CT, unless otherwise indicated on the individual poll report. All respondents heard the questions asked identically. Within the report, you will find: the geography that was surveyed; the date(s) interviews were conducted and the news organization(s) that paid for the research. The number of respondents who answered each question and the margin of sampling error for each question are provided. Where necessary, responses were weighted according to age, gender, ethnic origin, geographical area and number of adults and number of voice telephone lines in the household, so that the sample would reflect the actual demographic proportions in the population, according to the most recent US census numbers.

A sample of 600 adults, surveyed Tuesday evening (August 28) included 475 registered voters who had heard the story.

55% said Craig should resign, 34% said he should stay in office, and 11% were not sure.

Among Republicans, 45% said Craig should resign, 42% said he should remain in office.

Democrats and Independents “overwhelmingly” said he should resign.

The poll summary notes that the story is a complex one, and opinions can be expected to change.

Approval ratings have taken a dramatic turn: 34% of respondents said they approved of Craig’s job performance vs. 58% who disapproved. SurveyUSA compares these numbers to their own poll taken in November 2006, when Craig had a 60% approval rating.

Over 19 consecutive months of tracking Craig, his SurveyUSA Job Approval among Idaho Republicans ranged from 71% to 82%. Today, among Idaho Republicans Craig’s approval is 46%. Among Idaho Conservatives, Craig’s Job Approval for 19 months ranged between 70% and 80%. Today, among Conservatives, Craig’s approval is at 51%.

The poll also includes favorability ratings for possible successors to Craig, using only Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, Congressman Mike Simpson, and U.S. Secretary of the Interior and former Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthore as samples. Simpson takes that one, with a plus 21% favorability rating as compared with plus 9% for Risch and plus 13% for Kempthorne.

About Jill Kuraitis

Jill Kuraitis is an award-winning journalist who specializes in news of Idaho and the Rocky Mountain West. Her B.A. in theatre management is from UC Santa Barbara, and she went on to work in theatre, film, and politics before writing became a career. Kuraitis has two excellent grown children and lives in Boise with her husband of 30 years, abundant backyard wildlife, and two huge hairy dogs.

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10 comments

  1. Let me get this straight (pardon the pun). You mean 34% of Idahoans in the poll still approve of Craig’s performance AFTER he pled guilty in the restroom incident Isn’t that more or less the percentage that still approve of Bush’s performance as President?

    Does that mean that certain Republicans can never admit they were wrong about previously voting for someone regardless of whether these politican’s admitted to immoral conduct or invaded a country under false pretenses?

    Nevertheless this maxim appears true — we get the government we deserve.

  2. Craig is one of one hundred senators. 1%. He is NOT the President. He is of the same party. That party is asking him to leave office. The man is confused about who he is, how to deal with who he is, and is now a convicted criminal. None of this involves the Whitehouse or President Bush. It is one man’s inability to deal with some very personal decisions, and if he is unable to deal with those, a majority believes he should go on to other things or retirement, as they know he is not capable of dealing with their problems with the care and concern they would like a Senator to have. He is in a personal crisis, and that alone should be reason enough for him to pack up and go home. Idaho has any number of capable people to represent them, even from the Republican party. It is not the end of the world, nor is it any solution to our Nation’s larger problems.

    I, for one, would just like this country to get as many of those V bottom trucks to Iraq as soon as possible, even if it means leasing every available freight jet in the world to get the job done. Our soldiers get killed mostly by IEDs, and the Marine units with the V bottom trucks have had over 100 IED’s go off under them without loss of life. That is a solution for the problem at hand: dead American soldiers. A get out of Iraq deal will happen, sooner than later, but getting the soldiers protected is a thing we ALL can do right now. Today. Just call your representative or senator and demand the V bottoms get there ASAP. It is not about party. It is about our friends, family, neighbors kids and husbands and wives and girlfriends. And it is about penny wise and pound foolish Republican and now
    Democrat elected officials who don’t understand we don’t want our soldiers killed if we can prevent it.

  3. Neither Craig’s behavior nor the justifiable outrage that it has finally spawned has anything to do with getting equipment to our troops. His ability to conceal his private reality behind misleading and fake political rhetoric and a false public persona does, however, have everything to do with the pattern of deceit that pulled us into the war in the first place. Attempts to divert our attention from these facts are just a continuation of that pattern. This issue isn’t about protecting troops; it’s about manipulative hypocrisy.

  4. Our elected official has informed us that he is not capable of making good choices. This is why we, as the people of Idaho, need to encourage his resignation. Honest and open behavior is always the best policy. I truely hope that The people of Idaho think about this action when the election comes around. Do we even trust his buddies in the Idaho GOP? It has been rumored for years about Craig’s actions and behavior. It’s common knowledge in DC. This is a true example of his Character! Who cares about orientation. Charcter is the issue. My only concern at this point is who Otter will appoint to replace him.

  5. the idea of going to customer service for the product you want is absolutely STUPID-!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. By robbie, 9-11-07

  7. by robbie

    what’s up with a man, who’s playing footcy in a public rest-
    room? if Graig is suppose anti-gay? How can he turn around and
    do gay-ish things, he should have kept that stuff in the closet.

    What is our government coming to? And while our president is so
    into religion he needs to send up a special prayer and clean up all
    of that hippcriting he got going in his cabients.

  8. this is great….

  9. I believe that it takes all kind of people to make a world. We should first allow him to explain and respect whatever sexualorientation he chooses. This does not mean he is not able to continue the duties of his job.

  10. dimiss this bafoon!