WYOMING – A new poll released this month found most Wyomingites are not happy with the current state representation in Washington, DC.
According to the 2018 Conservation in the West Poll, a dismal 18% of Wyoming voters believe their delegates working in DC reflect their values. Wyoming’s dissatisfaction with its representative electeds was par for the course among the eight states (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) included in the Western States Survey—where the combined average was also 18%.
Wyomingites favored their state politicians a little better—some 59% claiming their state elected officials “generally reflected their values.” The poll included 400 registered voters—67% respondents identified themselves as Republican, 19% Democrat, and 14% Independent—and had a margin of error of 4.9%.
Among the western states surveyed, President Trump has the best approval rating in Wyoming. Fifty-nine percent of those polled from the Cowboy State generally approved of the President compared to a low of 34% in Nevada and New Mexico. As for how he has handled the economy, Trump scored well with Wyoming on that front also, with 67% of respondents saying they approve.
Also included in the study was a suite of questions concerning conservation topics. In most categories, Wyoming was most decidedly in favor of relaxing restrictions on land use, at least as compared to the other western states.
Wyoming was also the state most in favor of expanding oil and gas production, as well as uranium, while scoring clean air and water protections as least important than any other state by far.
The peak season fee hike proposed for some National Parks was generally opposed, but it was close. Forty percent were in support compared to 50% against.
Wyoming was the most supportive of easing sage grouse habitat protection put in place three years ago as called for recently by the Interior Department. Some 38% of those polled in Wyoming would like to see the protections changed to allow for more oil and gas production. That was highest among the eight western states.