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).
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.”
John Andrews, Director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University
Christopher Leland, PhD, Professor of Communications and Director of Debate, Colorado Christian University
Gregory Schaller, MA, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Colorado Christian University
Kevin Miller, MBA, Executive in Residence and Professor of Business, Colorado Christian University
Barry Clark, Founder and President, SmartVoice.com
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