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Poll Shows Strong Support for Hidden Gems


2010 Poll: 2-1 Support in favor of Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal


Voters in Eagle and Summit Counties show broad support

A 2010 poll of likely voters in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District found broad support for the Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal.

The poll found that Hidden Gems has the support 65 percent of voters polled across the 2nd Congressional District. Among those living in Eagle and Summit counties, where the wilderness is proposed, 58 percent of voters expressed support for the Hidden Gems proposal.RBI Hidden Gems Poll

The Hidden Gems Campaign submitted a proposal to Congress on March 31 that seeks federal wilderness designation on 243,850 acres of public lands in Summit and Eagle counties.

“This survey shows that support for the Hidden Gems proposal is as wide as it is deep,” said Kevin Ingham of RBI Strategies and Research, the firm that conducted the poll. “Not only do voters favor it by a m
argin of better than 2-to-1 but support for the proposal is high across demographics including political affiliation, age and geography.”

The results of the poll were released on April 13 at a dial-in news conference that included Ingham and Pete Kolbenschlag from the Hidden Gems Campaign.  Click here for the report issued by RBI Strategies and Research.  Click here for news paper article about the poll: Aspen Daily News; Vail Daily; Summit Daily News; Post Independent

Findings of the poll include:

  • 72 percent of voters throughout the district and 66 percent in Eagle and Summit Counties favor protecting additional public lands as wilderness areas in Colorado;
  • Fully half of voters (46 percent in Eagle and Summit counties) said they “strongly favor” protecting additional public lands as wilderness areas in Colorado
  • 65 percent of voters throughout the district and 58 percent in Summit and Eagle counties support the Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal.
  • A wide plurality of voters in Eagle and Summit counties – 34 percent – said they “strongly favor” Hidden Gems.


“This poll confirms that a large number of residents in Eagle and Summit counties and throughout Colorado support the protection of our most treasured landscapes with wilderness designation,” Pete Kolbenschlag, director of the Hidden Gems Campaign, said.


The telephone survey, conducted by RBI Strategies and Research, interviewed 650 voters in Colorado’s Second Congressional District who are likely to participate in the 2010 General Election. Five hundred interviews were conducted among a statistically valid random sample of likely voters in the district at-large. 

An additional 150 oversample interviews were conducted among a statistically valid random sample of likely voters in Summit and Eagle counties to increase the statistical validity of the data within that sub-sample. 

The margin of error for the district at-large and the oversample are ±4.4% and ±6.6% respectively at the 95% confidence level.  Survey interviews were conducted from March 2 - 4, 2010 by professional telemarketers.

The Summit and Eagle county proposal is available for download here.