About the Survey
The Eighth Annual Idaho Public Policy Survey was conducted November 10-17, 2022, and surveyed 1,000 adults who currently live in Idaho. The sample is representative of the state’s population, both geographically and demographically, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%. The survey covered a wide variety of topics, including the economy, state budgeting, taxes, education, growth, housing, the environment, and crime. GS Strategy Group fielded the survey by cell phone (21%), landline phone (21%), online (32%), and text message (27%).*
*Does not add to 100% due to rounding.
- There is increased pessimism among Idahoans, with the gap between the number of Idahoans who believe the state is heading in the right direction (44%) versus those who believe it is off on the wrong track (41%) falling within the margin of error for the first time in this survey’s history.
- This pessimism extends to the economy, as most Idahoans expect the state’s economic condition to either worsen (37%) over the next two years or stay the same (36%). Additionally, 43% of Idahoans worry about paying their bills “always” or “frequently.”
- Idahoans’ top legislative priority remains Education, followed by Jobs and the economy. Housing took the third spot for the first time, overtaking Healthcare.
- Property tax is a major concern of Idahoans compared to previous years, with it and income tax having switched places as the top priority for tax relief over the past two years. A majority of Idahoans (56%) feel that property taxes are too high.
- There is strong support (82%) for eliminating sales tax on groceries, with favorability topping 80% among all political party identifications.
- When allowed to identify any issue without additional prompts, Academics (an emphasis on critical thinking skills and core classes like English, Math, History, and Science) was identified as Idahoans’ top education priority, followed by Teacher Support (attracting and retaining quality educators and increasing teacher pay).
- Growth remains a major concern for Idahoans, with two-thirds (67%) feeling the state is growing too fast.