Wyoming Election Surveys (1972-2012)

The Wyoming election surveys were first conducted prior to the 1972 presidential election and have continued at two year intervals through the 2012 general election. Each survey is a sample of Wyoming residents 18 years or older. From 1972 to 1988 the questionnaires were administered in person and from 1990 to 2012 the Wyoming Survey and Analysis administered the questionnaires via phone. Each survey contained both a pre-election and post-election questionnaires. The surveys have been funded by a variety of sources: the Department of Political Science primarily through the Milward Simpson endowment, and the College of Art and Science. At various times, government agencies and private individuals included questions on the survey and contributed to the cost of the surveys. The following faculty constructed and directed the surveys:

  • Kendall Baker 1972-1982
  • Ken Griffin 1972-2002
  • Oliver Walter 1972-2012
  • Jim King 1992-2012
  • Andrew Garner 2010-2012

The surveys contain both questions that pertain to a particular election and the issues surrounding that election as well as more general questions related to political behavior such as party and ideological attachments and political participation. All surveys, of course, contain questions related to state and national voter choice.

Statewide Survey of Wyoming Residents (2014)

The statewide telephone survey of 768 Wyoming residents was conducted in October by UW’s Survey Research Center and was sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Wyoming Public Radio and the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center. The Survey has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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