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Election 2008: Wyoming Presidential Election
McCain Ahead Comfortably in Wyoming 58% to 39%

Reliably red Wyoming looks safe for Republicans with John McCain leading Barack Obama 58% to 39% in the first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state this election year.

McCain has the support of 90% of Wyoming Republicans and 17% of Democrats. Obama is backed by 82% of the state’s Democrats and seven percent (7%) of Republicans. Unaffiliated voters prefer Obama 55% to 41% (crosstabs available for Premium Members).

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Seventy-two percent (72%) of Wyoming voters say they will be voting enthusiastically for their candidate, too, while 23% will be voting against the other party’s nominee.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters – including 87% of Republicans -- think McCain made the right choice in picking Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Only 33% think Obama picked the right vice presidential candidate in Delaware Senator Joseph Biden, but 58% of Democrats feel good about the choice. Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Democrats don’t like the Biden pick.

No Democratic presidential candidate has carried Wyoming, the home of Vice President Dick Cheney, since 1964. President Bush received 69% of the vote in 2004.

Nationally, while each candidate experienced a modest bounce after their conventions, the race is once again neck-and-neck, according to Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

Rasmussen Markets data currently gives McCain a % chance of winning Wyoming’s three Electoral College votes in November. At the time this poll was released, Wyoming was rated as “Safely Republican” in the Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power Calculator. NOTE: Factors other than the latest Rasmussen Reports poll impact the Balance of Power ratings. The current status is indicated on the table in the upper righthand corner of this article.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Wyoming voters view McCain at least somewhat favorably, including 39% who describe their opinion of him as Very Favorable. Just 30% have at least a somewhat unfavorable view of the Republican, with 13% Very Unfavorable.

For Obama, the picture is much worse. Forty-six percent (46%) see him at least somewhat favorably, including 27% who rate their view Very Favorable. But 54% see the Democrat at least somewhat unfavorably, with 40% saying their opinion is Very Unfavorable.

As for the vice presidential candidates, 51% have a Very Favorable opinion of Palin versus 18% who feel that way about Biden. By contrast, 31% have a Very Unfavorable view of the Democrat while 20% regard the Republican that way.

Eighty-one percent (81%) think Palin is at least somewhat conservative, and 52% believe Biden is at least somewhat liberal. Thirty-two percent (32%) say Biden is a moderate.

For 36% of Wyoming voters, economic issues are their number one concern in this election cycle, but 28% say national security is most important to them.

Not surprisingly in a conservative state like Wyoming, the president’s job approval numbers are better than in most of the country. Forty-six percent (46%) rate the president’s performance good or excellent, but 37% grade it poor.

Rasmussen Reports has released polls on the presidential race this week for Alaska, Montana, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Mexico and North Dakota. Today results are being released for Michigan and Idaho.

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This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 10, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.