2022 Idaho Issues Poll

Publication date: October 20, 2022
Written by: Sarah Coffey

The Center for Excellence in Polling surveyed likely voters in Idaho on several important issues in the state. Respondents of all political parties indicate especially broad support for reforms that will bring integrity to the state’s welfare programs.


…of all likely voters support checking eligibility for people on welfare more frequently and with better technology to help ensure those receiving benefits are still eligible. This includes a majority of Democrat (59%) and Independent (67%) voters.


…of all likely voters, including nearly three-quarters of Independents, support verifying Medicaid eligibility before enrolling an individual in the program.


…of all likely voters support requiring able-bodied adults without young children to work, train, or volunteer at least part time as a condition of eligibility for food stamps.

This broad support for eligibility verification is not limited to Medicaid and food stamps, however. Idaho voters also want to see unemployment applications checked against existing data to prevent fraud and ensure eligibility (87%). This reform has support from 80 percent of Democrats and 83 percent of Independents.

Additionally, Idaho voters support reforms to government regulation that would cut red tape.

  • Nearly three-quarters of all likely Republicans (74%), Democrats (70%), and Independents (72%) support allowing individuals to count work experience toward occupational licensing requirements.
  • Nearly two-thirds (62%) support requiring local governments to review and act on new construction permits within 20 days.

Survey results also show that majorities of all likely Idaho voters oppose critical race theory (65%), and favor requiring a supermajority to approve state constitutional amendments (69%).