2021 Idaho Issues Poll

Publication date: January 17, 2022
Written by: Stefani Buhajla

The Center for Excellence in Polling recently surveyed likely Idaho voters on important issues facing the state.

Survey respondents indicated support for several election integrity reforms. More than half of all likely voters support:

  • allowing voters to fill out all their own personal information on absentee ballot applications, rather than election offices pre-filling voter information (62%).
  • conducting comprehensive audits of voter registration rolls at least twice per year (58%).
  • requiring voter registration applications to be received no later than 30 days prior to an election to allow time for identify verification (59%).

There is also support among Idaho voters for commonsense reforms in welfare programs. More than half of all likely voters (69%) support requiring the state to verify food stamp eligibility rather than extending automatic approvals or renewals. And more than half of all voters (54%), including half of all Democrats (50%), support indexing unemployment to economic conditions.  

Voters are most unified in making Idaho’s business climate friendlier for licensed professionals and home-based business owners.


of all likely voters, including 65% of Independents and 54% of Democrats, support making it easier for entrepreneurs to open and operate home-based businesses.


of all likely voters, including more Democrats (60%) and Independents (68%) than Republicans (56%), support allowing individuals to count relevant work experience towards occupational licensing education requirements.