Survey Says Wyomingites Sees Public Lands as Economic Key

Survey Says Wyomingites Sees Public Lands as Economic Key
Survey Says Wyomingites Sees Public Lands as Economic Key

Most Wyoming voters think you can protect land and water and have a strong economy at the same time, according to a new poll of attitudes throughout the Rockies. Lori Weigel with the Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies also found near-unanimous support among Wyoming voters from both parties that national parks, forests, monuments and wildlife areas are “essential.”

Another survey topic showed that voters approve of the Legislature’s decision to dedicate 200-million dollars to the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust. Trust Executive Director Bob Budd calls that finding “humbling.”

The report notes Wyoming is home to three of the top 10 U-S destinations for snowmobiling, with skiing, camping and hunting also big for the state. Two more points from the survey – voters support energy development on public lands, and also support industry regulations to protect land, water, wildlife and quality of life.

Voter attitudes about elected officials were assessed in the poll, with 77-percent approving of the job Governor Matt Mead is doing. That’s the strongest show of support for any public official in the six states polled. Sixty-two percent of voters say U-S Senator John Barasso deserves re-election.

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