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CMU, RMPBS launch statewide political poll

Grand Junction – Colorado Mesa University and Rocky Mountain PBS are partnering with Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania to introduce the new CMU-RMPBS Poll through CMU’s newest research center.

“No one understands the diversity of opinions across the state of Colorado more than Coloradans,” said CMU President Tim Foster. “No other university in Colorado is currently polling Coloradans. We saw the need and are fortunate that Rocky Mountain PBS is joining with us to meet that need.”

Though the first poll will focus on accurately measuring and analyzing the opinions of Coloradans regarding the upcoming state and national elections, subsequent polls will also measure opinions on a variety of questions related to issues of regional and statewide importance, said Professor Justin Gollob, director of the CMU Social Research Center (SRC).

“Using modern social science research methods, researchers affiliated with the SRC can help our partners answer critical questions about the constituencies they serve,” Gollob said. “The goal of the SRC is to serve as an invaluable regional resource whose impact is felt statewide.”

Franklin & Marshall College is a private, liberal arts school in Lancaster, Penn. Its Center for Opinion Research is now in its 25th year of conducting polls in Pennsylvania. Results of both Pennsylvania statewide surveys and national polling by Franklin & Marshall College have appeared in scores of newspapers and news magazines, scholarly publications, and television network and cable news. Notably, in 2012, the New York Times identified the Franklin & Marshall College Poll as one of the most accurate polls in America during the 2012 elections. ​

“Colorado is a swing state and what Coloradans think matters even beyond the boundaries of our state,” said Doug Price, CEO of Rocky Mountain PBS. “This poll will help us understand what Coloradans are thinking about the upcoming election.”

A random sample of 7,000 registered voters in Colorado have received letters asking them to participate in the first poll either by telephone or online. The poll focuses on the presidential elections, the Colorado senatorial election and other Colorado ballot issues. Results will be released Sept. 22.

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