• CCU Opinion Research

    In Cooperation with Centennial Institute and SmartVoice.com

    Past Survey: October 10-11: Civil Society Should Lead

    Institutions of civil society, not activist government, play the biggest role in making America a better place for everyone, according to Coloradans who claim a religious faith and came of age before the 1980s. This is the conclusion from a statewide public opinion survey taken for Colorado Christian University by Smartvoice.com.

    Telephone interviews were conducted with 1312 adults on October 10, 2012, and with another 823 adults on October 11, 2012. The sample skewed politically center-right, with 44% of respondents self-described as conservative and 30% as moderate. Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish faith was professed by 69%, with most of those attending services once a week or more. Respondents were significantly older than the general population (77-79% over age 50) and women were somewhat oversampled (53-56% female).

    Survey Results, October 10
    Survey Results, October 11

    Asked to name the most important factor in generating economic prosperity, ensuring liberty and justice for all, helping the less fortunate, reaching for educational excellence, and keeping America morally strong, poll respondents opted in each case for voluntary, decentralized approaches rather than top-down political solutions.

    Government’s role, they said in response to two summary questions, is more that of upholding freedom and choice and less that of enforcing equality or dictating behavior. The idea of America as a nation under God was deemed true or worthy by 77% of those polled.

    “Although the recent election results, endorsing the transformative agenda of Obama and the Democrats, seemed to portray an increasingly politicized and collectivized America, that’s not the whole story,” said John Andrews, director of the Centennial Institute.

    “We see in this poll a core constituency among people of faith here in Colorado for traditional self-government by individuals and local communities,” Andrews added. “Our goal as a think tank at Colorado Christian University is to mobilize that constituency for cultural renewal from the bottom up.”

  • Mission Statement

    The mission of Colorado Christian University Opinion Research is to serve the common good by providing accurate, impartial assessments of public attitudes on cultural and political issues in our state and nation.” 

    Survey Director

    John AndrewsJohn Andrews, Director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University


    Survey Board

    Chris LelandChristopher Leland, PhD, Professor of Communications and Director of Debate, Colorado Christian University

    Greg SchallerGregory Schaller, MA, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Colorado Christian University

    John AndrewsKevin Miller, MBA, Executive in Residence and Professor of Business, Colorado Christian University

    Survey Fulfillment

    Barry Clark, Founder and President, SmartVoice.com

  • Contact Info

    Centennial Institute

    Phone: 303-963-3425

    Email: centennial@ccu.edu

  • Connect with the Centennial Institute:

    FacebookLinked InTwitter

    Centennial Institute Blog


    Centennial Review


    Centennial Store

    Centennial Institute Store: Purchase books including Responsibility Reborn by John Andrews and Freedom Nationally, Virtue Locally by Kevin Miller. Also available: 1776 custom-designed silk print necktie for men and fashion scarf for women. The 1776 motif will start many a conversation about what you stand for!