By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Support for the actions of Gov. Mark Gordon during the coronavirus pandemic, while slipping slightly since March, remains at more than 70% among those questioned for a University of Wyoming survey.
The survey conducted by the university’s Survey and Analysis Center on June 8 showed that of the 498 people questioned, 70.1% either strongly or somewhat approve of Gordon’s performance during the coronavirus outbreak, while 24.3% either somewhat or strongly disapprove.
Support for Gordon has declined slightly since the first of the center’s surveys was conducted in March, when approval for the Republican’s actions stood at 81.9% and disapproval was at 13.9%.
The survey, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4%, is the fifth conducted by the center since the coronavirus was first detected in Wyoming in March. Each survey looks specifically at opinions held regarding issues related to COVID-19.
The survey was conducted online and involved random members of “WyoSpeaks,” a group of Wyoming residents who have expressed an interest in being polled by the center.
The survey also showed that a majority of those questioned, 56.5%, approve of the actions taken by President Donald Trump, while 39.5% either strongly disapprove or somewhat disapprove.
Congress has considerably less support for its actions than either Trump or Gordon, 32.3%, with 58.5% of those questioned expressing disapproval for the way it is handling the coronavirus.
Local government and health officials come in just behind Gordon in terms of support in the latest poll, with 67.9% approving of their actions during the pandemic.