Gov. Matt Mead has a 77-percent approval rating among registered Wyoming voters, according to the first scientific statewide poll conducted since he took office last year.
Meanwhile, a majority of Wyoming voters believe America should focus on renewable energies above fossil fuel extraction, according to the survey, conducted in early January as part of Colorado College's State of the Rockies project.
Mead had the highest approval ratings of any Rocky Mountain governor, the poll found. According to the survey, 34 percent of state voters "strongly approve" of Mead's job performance; only 11 percent disapproved.
U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who so far has no Democratic challenger and faces only a long-shot Republican primary opponent, also had strong numbers: 62 percent of state voters believe that hedeserves re-election to a second full term in office. Only 32 percent of those polled said a new person deserves Barrasso's Senate seat.
The survey also found that 51 percent of Wyoming voters believe that America's highest energy priority should be to reduce the country's need for fossil fuels by expanding use of renewable energies. Forty-one percent answered that the top priority should be to dig and drill for more coal, oil, and gas in the U.S., wherever we can fine it.
Wyoming voters -- like their counterparts in other Rocky Mountain states -- supported environmental rules by clear majorities, the survey found. Forty-seven percent said environmental regulations have a positive effect on jobs in Wyoming, though 48 percent agreed that one of the best ways to create jobs is to cut back on environmental regulations
Support for conservation was found across the political spectrum: 79 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of Republicans in Wyoming identified themselves as conservationists.
The poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies/FM3 among 400 registered Wyoming voters between Jan. 2-5 & 7. The survey's margin of error is +/- 4.9 percent.