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Poll of 1,017 Idaho Likely Voters

Conducted August 18-26, 2023

By Rasmussen Reports and NumbersUSA

How would you rate the job Joe Biden has been doing as President?



Idaho’s population has nearly doubled since 1990, and if recent migration and fertility trends continue, demographers project the state's 2023 population of 1.9 million to reach about 2.7 million by 2060 and still be increasing.  Do you find the prospect of adding another 800,000 residents in the coming decades to be more positive or more negative?




Has Idaho developed its open lands into cities, housing, and highways too much, too little, for about as much as it should?



Government data show that the United States now has about one-third less cropland for each American than it did 30 years ago.  How important is it to protect U.S. farmland from development so the United States is able to produce enough food to feed Americans in the future?



In Idaho, approximately 3.3 million acres of farmland are irrigated, and irrigation is crucial to food production in the state. Cities and towns compete for scarce water with agriculture. Should water used to irrigate farmland be diverted to support additional human population growth in Idaho?




Three of Idaho's aquifers are classified as sole source aquifers.  These aquifers are the only or principal source of drinking water for residents in those regions.  How important is it to protect Idaho’s sole-source aquifers from over-pumping and depletion?



From an environmental standpoint, how important is it to preserve Idaho’s forests, rivers, lakes, natural grasslands, mountains, and wilderness areas?



How important is it to you that you can easily get to Natural Areas and Open Space?



A study of government data found that three-quarters (77%) of the loss of Idaho’s open space, natural habitat, and farmland to development in recent decades was related to the state's rapid population growth. Would continuing this level of population growth into the future make Idaho better, worse or not much different?



In recent years, have you sensed that Idaho’s parks and natural areas have become much more crowded, somewhat more crowded, somewhat less crowded, or much less crowded?



The population of Idaho has nearly doubled since 1990. Would you prefer that the Idaho population continue to grow rapidly, that it grow more slowly, that it stay about the same size, or that it become smaller? 




A major source of Idaho’s population growth is people moving in from other states, especially places like California. Should local and state governments in Idaho make it more difficult for people to move to Idaho from other states by restricting development?



Another major source of Idaho population growth is immigration from other countries.  Should the federal government reduce annual immigration to slow down Idaho’s population growth, keep immigration and population growth at the current level, or increase annual immigration and population growth?



Currently the federal government adds about one million legal permanent immigrants to the country each year.  What annual level would you prefer:



One way for Idaho communities to handle continued population growth without losing as much open space, natural habitat, and farmland is to change zoning and other regulations to funnel more current and future residents into apartments and condo buildings instead of single-family houses with yards. Do you strongly favor that change, somewhat favor it, somewhat oppose it or strongly oppose it?



Residential development (building subdivisions) to perpetually accommodate new population growth imposes economic costs on the existing residents of municipalities.  Do you favor paying higher property taxes to perpetually accommodate new residents in your community?



One potential way of controlling new growth is by limiting the number of new hook-ups to sewage lines and wastewater treatment plants.  Do you favor using this as a tool to manage or control growth?


In trying to control illegal immigration, should the government mandate that all employers use the federal electronic E-Verify system to help ensure that they hire only legal workers for U.S. jobs?


Do you live in a major city, the suburbs, a small city, a town or a rural area?



Where would you prefer to live – in a major city, the suburbs, a small city, a town or a rural area?



Have you lived in Idaho since childhood or did you move to Idaho as an adult?



About how long have you lived in Idaho, less than 10 years, 10 to 20 years, 20 to 30 years, or more than 30 years? 



Were you born in Idaho, in another state, or another country?