A poll released today has some sobering news for members of the Idaho Legislature about what their constituents think of them.
Conducted on 606 Idaho adults by Dan Jones & Associates and presented by Zions Bank-funded Idaho Politics Weekly, the poll was meant to gauge public opinion of the 2015 Idaho Legislative session.
It showed a 55 percent disapproval rating of the Legislature's 7-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase—58 percent among self-identified Republicans. When asked to give this year's legislative session a letter grade, most respondents gave it a C grade or lower, with 19 percent giving the session a B grade or above.
The poll also touched on a $125 million "career ladder" bill that raises teacher pay, which 52 percent of Idahoans described as "just right." Legislators bumped public education funding by 7.4 percent in 2015, but that funding has yet to reach pre-recession levels, which has mixed public opinion: 40 percent of respondents said that the increase was too little, and 11 percent said it was too much.
According to Dan Jones & Associates, the poll has a margin of error of +/-3.98 percent.