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Survey: More Than Half Of Wyomingites Trust Trump’s COVID Leadership

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

More than half of surveyed Wyomingites approve of the way President Donald Trump is handling the coronavirus pandemic, with 54% strongly or somewhat approving of his actions.

This was just one of the findings in the recent survey conducted by the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center.

Trump’s net approval rating among surveyed Wyomingites for his handling of the pandemic — the difference between the percentage approving of his work and the percentage disapproving — is at 10.3 points.

Only around 47% of surveyed residents trusted the information they heard from Trump about the coronavirus either a great or good amount, though.

However, this number dropped when it came to trusting a great or good amount President-Elect Joe Biden’s information about the virus, coming only to 34%, the survey showed.

Respondents’ approval of Gov. Mark Gordon’s handling of the pandemic remained steady, with 60% strongly or somewhat approving of the way his actions.

Gordon’s net approval rating is at 24 points.

A majority of surveyed Wyoming residents, 65%, trusted the information they heard from Gordon about the pandemic a great deal or good amount.

Around 70% trusted the information they heard from local government officials about the pandemic, as well.

However, Wyoming’s approval of the way Congress is handling the pandemic is low, with just 21% strongly or somewhat approving of the work being done. Congress’ net approval rating is a negative 51 points.

The survey is the tenth conducted by WYSAC since March to measure public opinion on a number of topics related to the coronavirus.

A total of 465 Wyoming residents participated in the survey representing all Wyoming counties, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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Survey: More Than 60% Of Wyomingites Would Support Mask Mandate

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Continuing the trend from last month, Wyomingites continue to feel more and more anxious about the spread of the coronavirus as cases tick upwards across the state.

This is according to a study conducted this week by the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center.

Many of the survey’s respondents felt more anxious about the virus and 60% even said they would strongly or somewhat support an ordinance requiring people in their community to wear a face covering while an indoor public place.

Around 30% said they would strongly or somewhat oppose that type of ordinance.

This survey was conducted just two days before Albany County followed Teton and Laramie Counties in enacting its own mask mandate, at least until Nov. 30.

Almost half of the surveyed Wyomingites said they’re very or fairly anxious about the spread of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 8 percentage points from October and an increase of 15 percentage points from September.

Another 24% say they are somewhat anxious about the spread in Wyoming. Just over 30% of Wyoming residents say they are not at all anxious about the spread in Wyoming, a decrease of 11 percentage points since October.

While 44% of the respondents say the worst is yet to come in the United States, 50% believed the worst is yet to come here in Wyoming — an increase of 11 percentage points since October and 21 percentage points since September.

“Anxiety about the spread of COVID-19 in Wyoming has returned to levels not seen since March,” says Brian Harnisch, senior research scientist in charge of the project at WYSAC. “At the same time, we see just over two-thirds of Wyomingites now reporting that they are wearing a mask in indoor public places all or most of the time. Other research has shown that this number is still likely the lowest in the nation.”

The survey is the 10th of conducted by WYSAC since March to measure public opinion on a number of topics related to the coronavirus.

A total of 465 Wyoming residents participated in the survey representing all Wyoming counties, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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Wyomingites Still Divided Over Whether COVID Is Real Threat

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming residents surveyed by the University of Wyoming remain divided over whether the coronavirus is a real threat or has been blown out of proportion.

The survey conducted by the university’s Survey and Analysis Center showed that of the 505 people taking part in the center’s Oct. 6 survey, 47.3% believe coronavirus is a real threat, an increase of 2 percentage points from September.

Meanwhile, 45.5% felt the threat from the virus has been blown out of proportion, a decline of 2% from September.

The survey, with a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points, is the ninth focusing on coronavirus-related issues conducted by the center since March.

Early on in the pandemic, in March, 63.8% of those questioned felt coronavirus was a real threat and only 24.2% felt it had been blown out of proportion.

On other topics, the survey showed that while a majority of those questioned support the way Gov. Mark Gordon is handling the coronavirus, a growing number disapprove.

Of those questioned, 59.5% either strongly or somewhat approve of Gordon’s actions while 34.8% somewhat or strongly disapprove, an increase of 5.5% from September. During the same period, those who strongly or somewhat approve of Gordon’s actions declined by 7.3%.

Gordon’s approval ratings are still higher than the number strongly or somewhat approving of the actions of President Donald Trump (54.5%) or Congress (18.5%).

However, the highest level of support was expressed for the job of local officials and health officers, which won approval from 63.9% of those questioned.

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Survey: Wyoming Residents Feeling More Anxious About COVID

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyomingites are reporting that they feel more anxious about the coronavirus pandemic and its spread, according to a recent survey by the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center.

Over one-third of Wyomingites surveyed said they are very or fairly anxious about the spread of the coronavirus in the state, an increase of 7 percentage points from September, but still 4 points less than the Aug. 10 survey.

Another 20% said they are somewhat anxious about the spread in Wyoming, while just over 40% of surveyed Wyoming residents said they are not at all anxious about the spread in the state.

The survey was conducted Oct. 6, around the time Wyoming was in the early stages of the current COVID-19 surge.

“Despite an increase in anxiety surrounding COVID-19 in Wyoming, we see self-reported facemask use remain steady at just over 60% of the state population,” Brian Harnisch, senior research scientist in charge of the project at WYSAC, said. “This compares to roughly 85% of the national population that say they have worn a mask or covering all or most of the time when in stores or other businesses.”

Just over one-third of the surveyed respondents believed the worst is yet to come in the United States, but 39% say the worst is yet to come in Wyoming, an increase of 10 percentage points since September.

Only 17% of the surveyed respondents think the worst is behind us, a decrease of 9 points.

A majority of the respondents, 53%, of Wyoming residents say they have confidence in the Wyoming health care system to handle the response to the virus, while 29% say they do not have confidence.

This survey is the ninth of multiple surveys WYSAC is conducting to measure public opinion on a number of topics related to the coronavirus.

A total of 505 Wyoming residents participated in the survey representing all Wyoming counties, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

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Survey: Growing Number Of Wyomingites Not Worried About COVID Spread

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

While most Wyoming residents questioned for a University of Wyoming poll are concerned about the spread of coronavirus in the state, a growing number are not at all concerned, according to the poll’s results.

The survey conducted by the university’s Survey and Analysis Center showed that of the 503 people questioned on Sept. 8, 43.5% said they were not at all concerned about the spread of the virus in Wyoming.

At the same time, 26% said they were somewhat anxious and 30.4% said they were fairly or very anxious about the potential spread.

The survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4%, is the latest conducted by the center focusing on public opinions about issues related to coronavirus. Those surveyed were selected randomly from the center’s “WyoSpeaks” panel, a group of people who have expressed a willingness to be surveyed.

The survey showed that the number of people not concerned about the spread of the illness in Wyoming has gone up by 7.8 percentage points from August, when 35.7% said they were not concerned. 

Meanwhile, the number of those questioned who are somewhat, fairly or very anxious about the spread of the illness dropped from 82.9% in March and 64.3% in August to 56.4% in September.

Also increasing in September was the number of people who believe the pandemic is being blown out of proportion.

Among those surveyed, 47.4% feel the illness is being blown out of proportion, an increase of 8.3 percentage points from August and almost double the percentage in March who felt the illness was being blown out of proportion.

Meanwhile, the number of people who feel the illness is a real threat fell by 7.6 percentage points from August to total 45.2% in September, the survey said. In March, 63.8% of those questioned said they felt COVID-19 was a real threat.

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Survey: Wyoming Residents Split On Attitudes Toward COVID

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming residents surveyed for a University of Wyoming poll are about evenly divided over whether they think coronavirus will continue to be a problem for the state.

The survey of 503 residents conducted by the university’s Survey and Analysis Center showed that 27.6% believe coronavirus is not likely to be a major problem, 26.2% believe “the worst is behind us” and 29.4% believe “the worst is yet to come.”

However, the number of people who believe coronavirus will not be a major problem or who believe the worst of the pandemic is past has gone up since August.

The number of those surveyed in August who believed coronavirus would not be a major problem was set at 20.7%, almost 7 percentage points below September’s levels. And the number who believed the worst of the pandemic was over in August was 19.9%, also almost 7 percentage points below what was seen in September.

Meanwhile, the percentage of those who believe “the worst is yet to come” dropped by 13 percentage points in September from August, when the percentage stood at 42.6%.

The survey, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4%, is the eighth conducted by the center since the pandemic began in March. The latest survey was conducted on Sept. 8 and involved people selected randomly from the center’s “WyoSpeaks” panel.

The panel is made up of Wyoming residents who have expressed a willingness to take part in surveys.

The survey also showed that the majority of those questioned continue to support the way Gov. Mark Gordon is handling the coronavirus.

According to the survey, 20.4% of those questioned strongly support the way Gordon has handled the pandemic, an increase of 1.3 percentage points from August, and 46.5% somewhat approve of his performance, a decline of 3.4 percentage points from August.

The percentage of people somewhat disapproving or strongly disapproving of Gordon’s actions was set at 29.4%, an increase of less than 1 percentage point from August.

Approval ratings for handling of the coronavirus by local governments and health officials stayed about the same from August to September, with 63.4% either strongly or somewhat approving of the actions of local government. In August, the number was set at 65.7%.

Approval for President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic was almost as high as the support for Gordon’s, with 56.5% strongly or somewhat approving of his actions, an increase of about 4 percentage points from August.

The approval ratings for Congress continued to fall, dropping by about 3.1 percentage points from August to show 14.6% strongly or somewhat approving of congressional actions.

Rankings for Congress have steadily dropped since the first survey was taken in March.

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Survey: Half Of Wyomingites Support Mask Mandates, Other Half Doesn’t

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming residents have become increasingly more comfortable with attending outdoor public events and less concerned about the spread of the coronavirus, but are still wearing face coverings inside indoor public places.

These were just a few of the findings in a recent survey conducted by the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center. The survey was conducted Sept. 8, about a week before the state saw coronavirus cases spike.

The survey is the eighth conducted by WYSAC to measure public opinion on a number of topics related to the coronavirus. A total of 503 Wyoming residents representing all Wyoming counties participated in the latest survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Just a third of those surveyed, 30.4%, feel very or fairly anxious about the spread of the coronavirus in the state, down 11.3% from the Aug. 10 survey. Those who are very or somewhat worried someone in their immediate family might catch the virus dropped 8.6 points to 51%.

More than half of the surveyed Wyomingites, 54%, felt extremely or somewhat comfortable attending an outdoor public events with groups of up to 250 people; 52% of the responses said they felt comfortable attending an outdoor event with more than 250 people.

Those percentages increased by 8 and 9 points, respectively, from Aug. 10.

The percentages of people who support government policies to slow the spread of the coronavirus decreased across the board.

Only 28.5% supported closing K-12 schools, down 4.4% from last month; 26.4% of respondents supported closing day care centers, down 5% from August; the same percentage supported closing restaurants and bars, down 6.5% from last month; and 19.9% of surveyed responders supported shelter-in-place orders, down 1.6% from the previous month.

Only a slight majority, 51%, supported state limits on public gatherings, down 7.7% from August.

The majority, 52%, still supports local ordinances requiring people to wear face protection in indoor public places, down from 60% in August; 62% of surveyed Wyomingites say they always or often wear face protection in indoor public spaces, down 4% from last month and higher than the 48% figure in mid-July.

“It is clear from these numbers that the level of discomfort and concern about COVID-19 declined between Aug. 10 and Sept. 8, but people are still doing things to avoid the virus — such as wearing face protection, eating out less and washing their hands more frequently,” said Brian Harnisch, senior research scientist in charge of the project at WYSAC, in a release. “Still, it’s worth noting that the percentages of people taking those actions have declined.”

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UW Survey: 61% Of Wyomingites Wearing Masks In Public

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A majority of surveyed Wyomingites recently said they’ve changed their daily routine by wearing a mask in public due to the coronavirus.

The survey, conducted Aug. 10, was done by the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center. The recorded results of mask use went up to 61%, an increase of 8 percentage points, since July 14 and by 15 percentage points since April.

The survey is the seventh in a series WYSAC is conducting to measure public opinion on a number of topics related to the coronavirus. A total of 503 Wyoming residents participated in the survey, representing all Wyoming counties, ages and genders, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

When asked about the previous two weeks, 44% of Wyomingites said they always wore a face covering when in indoor public places, an increase of 15 percentage points from July.

Additionally, 22% said they wore a mask often, an increase of 2 percentage points.

Almost half of the residents surveyed said they would strongly support an ordinance that required people in their community to wear a mask when visiting indoor public places, with an additional 13% saying that would somewhat support an ordinance.

Only 21% said they would strongly support an ordinance requiring a mask in outdoor public places and 19% said they would somewhat support that type of requirement.

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