With the election less than a week away, Idaho voters are worried about the state’s economy, wary of plans to run huge trucks across scenic U.S. Highway 12, and averse to generating more funds for road improvements in the state. Those results from the Idaho Newspapers Poll, a collaboration of The Spokesman-Review and six Idaho newspapers, show an unsettled electorate in a state that’s about to decide whether to keep its current governor, members of Congress and other top leaders – and could spell trouble for the incumbents if they hold their seats.
Gov. Butch Otter, an enthusiastic backer of the mega-loads of oil equipment proposed for Highway 12, has pushed without success for the past four years to raise hundreds of millions more for the state’s roads. But the new poll shows nearly a third of Idaho voters don’t see a need, and those who do don’t like his solutions.
Gary Hagman, of Dalton Gardens, who was among the more than 600 Idahoans who participated in the poll, said the state needs to get its economy going again before it can afford to invest in things like roads and schools. “Everybody wants to go back to work, and so do I,” he said. You can read our full story here on today’s poll results, which include questions about the economy, mega-loads on Highway 12, transportation funding and religion and politics, and click here for today’s full poll results.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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