CASPER, Wyo. — A new poll indicates that Cindy Hill’s chances of becoming Wyoming’s 33rd governor are slim.
Out of 1,203 registered Wyoming voters, 23 percent approve of the job Hill is doing as the superintendent of public instruction while 45 percent disapprove. Fifty percent approve of the job Gov. Matt Mead is doing in office while 31 percent disapprove, signaling a strong likelihood that if Mead runs for re-election, he has a good chance of beating out Hill in a Republican primary.
Hill announced she is running for governor in 2014 days after Mead signed Senate File 104, which stripped Hill of her authority over the Wyoming Department of Education and replaced her with a director appointed by the governor. Even though a majority of those polled identified themselves as conservatives, the poll shows that Hill, a Republican, would lose to Democrats in a race for governor of this heavily Republican state.
The poll asked voters to choose between former Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal and Hill in a race for the state’s top job. Twenty-three percent of those polled said they would vote for Hill while 57 percent said they would vote for Freudenthal. When matched with former Democratic U.S. House candidate Gary Trauner, 29 percent of those polled would vote for Hill and 38 percent would vote for Trauner.
Mead polled well against the Democrats. Forty-seven percent of those polled chose Mead while 36 percent chose Freudenthal. Sixty-two percent of those polled chose Mead while only 20 percent chose Trauner.