Majority of Residents Think K-12 Public School Teachers are Not Being Paid Enough

A new Emerson College Polling survey finds President Biden’s approval at the lowest among residents in Wyoming compared to all other Midwestern and surrounding states: 13% approve of the job Biden is doing while three out of four residents (75%) disapprove; 12% are neutral.  Governor Mark Gordon holds a 35% approval rating, while 16% disapprove and 49% are neutral.  

In a hypothetical 2024 Presidential matchup between President Biden and former President Trump, 68% of Wyoming voters support Trump, 15% support Biden, 13% support someone else, and 5% are neutral.

Regarding the results of the 2016 election, 76% consider it to be won fair and square by Trump, while 10% view it as stolen. Thirteen percent are unsure if it was won fair and square or if it was stolen. Thinking of the 2020 election, a majority of residents (55%) think it was stolen by President Biden, while 29% think it was won fair and square. Sixteen percent are unsure. 

The survey also asked residents if they think K-12 public school teachers are being paid the right amount, not enough, or too much. A majority of residents (59%) think teachers are not being paid enough, while 20% think they are being paid the right amount, and 6% think they are being paid too much. Sixteen percent are unsure. 

Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling, said: “Perception of teacher salary varies by educational attainment, 62% of those without a college degree think teachers are not being paid enough, compared to 53% of college graduates who say the same. By contrast, 17% of those without a college degree think teachers are being paid the right amount, while 26% of college graduates say the same.”  

Midwest Study: The Wyoming general election survey is part of a 22-state study on the Midwest region and surrounding states. Look out for the study results by the Middle West Review, that is researching perceptions of the Midwest region this Fall. 


The Emerson College Polling Wyoming poll was conducted October 1-4, 2023. The sample consisted of 478 registered voters, with a credibility interval, similar to a poll’s margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points. The overall sample consisted of 535 residents, with a credibility interval of +/- 4.2 percentage points. The data sets were weighted by gender, age, party, race, and education based on the general population using a sample of n=535 participants and allowing the natural fallout to create the sample of n=478. Turnout modeling is based on US Census parameters, and Wyoming voter registration and voter turnout data by regions (WY SOS). Data was collected by contacting emails provided by Aristotle, along with an online panel of voters provided by Alchemer. 

It is important to remember that subsets based on demographics, such as gender, age, education, and race/ethnicity, carry with them higher credibility intervals, as the sample size is reduced. Survey results should be understood within the poll’s range of scores, and know with a confidence interval of 95% a poll will fall outside the range of scores 1 in 20 times.

This survey was conducted by Emerson College Polling, and questions included in this release are all sponsored by Emerson College. All questions asked in this survey with exact wording, along with full results and cross tabulations can be found here.