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Poll shows Wyo. Among most conservative states


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More people in Wyoming describe themselves as conservative than in nearly any other state, a new Gallup poll shows.

Fi f ty- three percent of Wyomingites polled said they consider themselves to be conservative.

Only Mississippi had as many self-identifying conservatives.

A separate poll by Mason- Dixon Polling and Research for the Casper Star-Tribune showed a 52-percent disapproval rating for President Obama and even stronger disapproval of the health care reform law passed earlier this year.

Obama's job-approval ratings have been dropping nationwide but his significant disapproval in Wyoming surprised Brad Coker, with Mason-Dixon.

"That's as big as I have seen," Coker said. "I don't think Bill Clinton ever got that bad in Wyoming."

Several Wyoming residents polled said they liked little about the president.

"What do I think of Obama?

That was one of the biggest mistakes we ever ... made," said Barbara Gunyan, a registered Democrat from Rock Springs.

Sixty percent of Wyoming voters polled said they disapproved of the health care reform law. Twenty-seven percent said they supported the law and 13 percent were undecided.

Lyle Ranta, a registered Republican from Basin, said he worried how the government intends to pay for health care reform. He also questioned whether Americans already too poor to afford health insurance should have to pay a penalty.

"I think the health care bill that was passed was passed way, way too fast," Ranta said.

"I don't think it was really, really thought into that much. I can't see where it's going to do us any good."

Two-thirds of Wyoming voters polled said the nation is on the wrong track. That included 82 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of registered independents polled.

___ Information from: Casper Star-Tribune http://www.trib.com


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