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UW Survey: Wyoming Voters Prefer Trump to Clinton

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Most Wyoming voters will cast their presidential ballots for Republican candidate Donald Trump, according to a new University of Wyoming survey.

58 percent of the likely voters surveyed said they preferred Trump, compared to 20 percent for Hillary Clinton. Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson was preferred by 9 percent, with Independent Jill Stein garnering 2 percent.

Meantime, in the Wyoming U.S. House race, Republican Liz Cheney led Democrat Ryan Green 53 percent to 37 percent, a 16-point spread. Jim King, the survey’s director and professor of political science, says the poll shows the 2016 presidential contest in Wyoming won’t vary substantially from recent elections. What is different, he says, is that the majority of voters are basing their decisions on opposition to candidates rather than support for a particular candidate. “When we asked survey respondents if they were mainly supporting a candidate or opposing other candidates, 40 percent said their vote was in support of a candidate and 59 percent said their vote was in opposition to a candidate,” King says, and points out the pattern seems consistent across all the voters.

Another important factor is dissatisfaction with Clinton and Trump as the major party candidates. Nearly half of the respondents, 47 percent, indicated they are “very dissatisfied” with the choice between the two, while another 27 percent said they were “somewhat dissatisfied”.

Telephone interviews were conducted with 722 Wyoming residents selected at random. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

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