By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
A majority of Wyoming residents contacted for a statewide University of Wyoming survey continue to support Gov. Mark Gordon for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, but that support has dipped slightly from the early days of the outbreak.
The survey by the UW Survey and Analysis Center showed that as of May 11, 73.5% of the 473 people questioned either “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of Gordon’s performance, a slight decline from the support level of 81.9% seen in late March.
The number of those who “somewhat” or “strongly” disapprove of Gordon’s performance increased slightly, from 14.1% in March to 23.2% in May.
The survey is the latest of four specific to coronavirus conducted by the Survey and Analysis Center since the pandemic reached Wyoming in March. The random telephone survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5%
The number of people approving of the job performance of President Donald Trump was 57.4% in May, also a slight decline from the level of 62.2% seen in March.
The number of people who strongly disapprove of the president’s job increased to 40.7% in May from 34.3% in March.
Approval of Congress’ work during the pandemic was lower than the approval rate for either Gordon or Trump, coming in at 35.2%, while 56.4% disapproved.
Local government officials enjoyed a level of support close to Gordon’s, with 70.3% approving of the way their local government and health officials have handled coronavirus.
Information from Gordon and local officials about COVID-19 was also trusted more often information from Trump, the survey said.
The survey said 80.5% of those questioned trust Gordon’s information about COVID-19 “a great deal” or “a good amount,” while 77.4% felt the same away about information coming from local government and health officials.
More than half of those questioned, 51.3%, trust information provided by Trump “a great deal” or “a good amount.”
However, 31.6% said they did not trust information from Trump at all, while only 2.6% said the same thing of Gordon and 3.9% said they could not trust information from their local officials.