Chart showing the results on the State of Economy in Colorado from the most recent CMU survey
The Colorado Mesa Social Research Center's second survey examines Coloradans' perceptions on multiple issues including the state of the economy across four Colorado regions.


CMU releases results of its latest statewide survey

Coloradans identified affordable housing as the number one problem facing their communities while indicating that, overall, they are pretty satisfied with the communities in which they live. The economy, including the cost of living and the job market, came in a close second, particularly among those who live outside the Denver metro area.

It isn’t only the economy that elicited differing views depending upon where one lives. While the majority of Coloradans are dissatisfied with the federal government, it is the Denver Metro area where the most residents are displeased, with 70 percent saying they were somewhat or very dissatisfied. That compares with 58 percent on the Western Slope and 56 percent in south central and eastern Colorado.

The importance of outdoor recreation is another example of disparate opinions based on location. While 35 percent of those on the Western Slope see economic benefits as the main benefit of outdoor recreation to their community, only 8 percent of Denver Metro residents see it that way.

Those are just a few of the findings of the Centennial State Survey conducted by the Colorado Mesa University Social Research Center. This is the second statewide poll done by center, which was formed last fall. The first poll focused on last November’s election. This poll looked at Coloradans’ thoughts about issues that included government and community satisfaction, housing, the economy, recreational marijuana, drug and alcohol abuse, education, the environment and more.

“This has been an exceedingly valuable effort for the university in a number of ways and I believe the information the survey provides will be equally valuable to the state’s policymakers as well as residents who are interested in what their neighbors think,” said CMU Associate Professor of Political Science Justin Gollob, who heads the research center.

Colorado Mesa President Tim Foster said that he believes the information and insight provided by the survey can be very useful in a variety of ways but of utmost importance is the extra value it gives students.

“This undertaking demonstrates the strength of this university and our partners as well as providing an incredible learning opportunity for our students,” Foster said. “This gives them some exposure to practical applications of the knowledge they are acquiring in the classroom, especially in the political science courses.”

CMU students and faculty as well as community leaders in western Colorado were involved in formulating the questions that were asked. CMU’s Social Research Center was assisted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

Coloradans were interviewed by telephone or online, depending upon the respondent’s preference, between March 22 and March 28. There were 532 adult Coloradans surveyed. In addition to providing statewide results, the results are broken into responses by region within the state.

For the complete summary of findings, go to

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