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Two New Idaho Polls: Lousy News for Risch, Good News for Ben Carson

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Two new polls from the Zions Bank-sponsored Idaho Politics Weekly include some good news for the presidential campaign of Ben Carson and some lousy news for Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, Rep. Raul Labrador and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch. The favorability ratings for U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Mike Simpson were slightly better.

In a survey taken by Dan Jones & Associates between Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 (with a margin of error of 4 percent), Otter's statewide favorability rating was 49 percent; Labrador's was 45 percent and Risch's favorability was lower still at 45 percent. Simpson did the best of the bunch with a 58 percent rating and Crapo garnered 54 percent. Among Republicans, Crapo had the highest favorability rating—71 percent. 

In a separate survey, also conducted by pollsters Dan Jones & Associates, GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson was the only candidate to grab a rating of above 50 percent. Of the GOP field, Carson received 55 percent of Idahoans' approval. Sen. Marco Rubio was next, with 44 percent; Donald Trump received a 41 percent favorability rating and Sen. Ted Cruz received a 35 percent rating. Among Idaho Republicans who responded to the poll, Carson still tops the pack with a 73 percent favorability rating.

Among the Democratic field, Sen. Bernie Sanders received 38 percent approval, while Hillary Clinton received 29 percent favorability rating. But among Idaho Democrats, Clinton fared better with a 79 percent favorability rating versus Sanders' 67 percent favorability.