Colorado is a key battleground state in presidential campaigns, and the outcome of its elections has important implications for state and national politics and policymaking. The Colorado Political Climate (CPC) survey is an annual nonpartisan poll of Colorado residents that serves as an ongoing record of opinion on public affairs within the state. Conducted every October, the CPC is intended to gauge “the pulse of Colorado” with respect to state and national issues, elected officials, and a broad spectrum of political characteristics. The CPC is designed and implemented by students and faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, and thus serves as a unique teaching tool across a variety of disciplines. The CPC is entirely funded by University of Colorado resources.
Results from the 2018 Colorado Political Climate Survey were discussed in several media outlets:
- "Opinion: Can Colorado Save America?" The New York Times.
- "Will Colorado deal the shale oil boom a blow?" CNN.
- "Five energy and environment ballot questions to watch." The Hill.
- "Oil Companies Are Pouring Money Into Two States To Kill Proposed Environmental Rules." BuzzFeed News.
- "New Poll From American Political Research Lab At CU Boulder Shows Polis 12 Points Ahead." CBS 4 News Denver.
- "New CU poll shows Polis, school tax, takings measure leading." NBC 9 News Denver.
- "New poll shows Colorado education tax, drilling setbacks both passing." The Denver Post.
- "What is Amendment 74? And why are so many Colorado leaders against it?" The Denver Post.
- "Poll: Approval for bigger drilling setbacks likely." The Gazette.
- "CU survey: Polis up 12 points over Stapleton." KRDO.
2021 Colorado Political Climate Survey Topline Results
2021 CPC Questionaire and Programming Instructions
2020 Colorado Political Climate Survey Topline Results
2020 CPC Questionaire and Programming Instructions
Colorado Political Climate Survey 2019 Initial Topline Results
YouGov Sampling Methodology for the 2019 CPC Survey
Colorado Political Climate Survey 2018 Topline Report
Colorado Political Climate Survey 2018 Full Report
Colorado Political Climate Survey 2017 Report
YouGov Sampling Methodology for the 2017 CPC Survey