Wyoming Voters Want Leaders To Continue State's Conservation Legacy

New poll finds overwhelming support for protection of air, wildlife, and working landscapes.

LANDER, Wyo. –Wyoming voters overwhelming support a balanced approach to conservation. This, according to a new poll conducted by the Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies released today by Wyoming Conservation Legacy – a coalition of agricultural and sportsmen organizations.  

The group noted strong bipartisan support for pro-conservation policies on Greater Sage-Grouse habitat protection, rules limiting oil and gas waste and air pollution, and conservation measures in the Farm Bill.

“Knowing the true strength of Wyoming’s conservation ethic on key issues ranging from sage grouse plans and habitat funding to clean air is critical as the next generation of Wyoming leaders decides what’s next for conservation in our state. It is no surprise Wyoming voters support a balanced, commonsense approach to conservation. Wildlife, western lands, and clean air are a huge part of our economy and heritage,” said Dwayne Meadows, executive director of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation.

Key results include:

·       The majority of Wyoming voters (58%) say existing sage grouse plans should be kept in place. More than three-quarters (77 percent) of voters say “wildlife are an important part of my daily life.” Only one-in-three (33 percent) voters say we should change the plans.

·       Two thirds of Wyoming voters surveyed (67%) support a statewide extension of natural gas waste and methane pollution prevention rules in Wyoming’s Upper Green River Basin near Pinedale. This includes overwhelming majorities of registered Republicans (60%), Independents (77%), and Democrats (92%).

·       Nearly four in five (79%) voters polled support continued funding through cost shares in the federal Farm Bill for Wyoming farmers and ranchers to conserve wildlife habitat on their lands, while at the same time operating those lands as working farms or ranches.


“The poll affirms that Wyoming residents care deeply about clean air, responsible energy development, and our treasured landscapes for the wildlife that call it home. It also demonstrates the importance Wyomingites place in conservation and Farm Bill funding that helps carry out these practices,” said Scott Zimmerman, governmental affairs representative in Wyoming for Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

The Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies conducted the poll between November 10th and 13th, 2018 and surveyed 500 voters throughout the State of Wyoming. The poll had a margin of error of margin of error +-4.38%. 


Additional materials:

Executive Summary

Slide Deck

For immediate release:
December 4, 2018



Wyoming Wildlife Federation – Dwayne Meadows, (307) 760-6802, dmeadows@wyomingwildlife.org

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union – Scott Zimmerman, (307) 630-4050, rmfusez1@msn.com


The Wyoming Conservation Legacy is an effort from the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Muley Fanatic Foundation, and the Western Landowners Alliance who have all come together to identify key conservation issues important to hunters, anglers, and agriculture. These issues are both part of the robust conservation legacy of Governor Mead and the work we want to see moving forward in a new administration.