SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – While many students at Morningside are at the end of their spring semester, one group of students with the Colonel Bud Day Center for Civics Engagement released the results of their second annual Morningside Poll.
“We were able to really see different divides between partisanship, age, gender, all different levels of ways we were able to break down the poll. And we did the same thing last year, but again, it was interesting to see overall what the public opinion in Iowa is,” said sophomore political science student at Morningside Kalynn Manker.
Ten Morningside college students carefully crafted the list of survey questions.
“We need to ask a negative part like, ‘Do you want to see a decrease or an increase’ because a lot of people generally want to say ‘yes,’ so giving them the opportunity to have a negative response is really important to polling questions,” said Jessica Higgins, a senior political science student at Morningside.
And they then sent the survey questions to a polling firm that interviewed over 700 Iowans over the phone.
“I am born and raised in Iowa in the Sioux City area so it’s neat for me to be on the poll and ask questions that I believe are important to Iowan’s in order to help form this public opinion that can then influence policies in Iowa as well as different Iowa candidates,” said Manker.
The students then analyzed the responses and released their findings to the public.
“Then we provide this information to the public, and we think that it can be used by a variety of different individuals students, scholars, elected officials, and citizens interested in Iowa politics,” said Colonel Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement Director Valerie Hennings.
The goal of the poll is to provide resources for the community, state, and inform others about issues affecting Iowans while also giving students some hands-on political experience.
“Hands-on experience where they learn about surveys, public opinion, how to ask thoughtful exciting questions and learn the overall research process,” said Hennings.
“I have big hopes that I will be able to get onto a campaign right *after graduation,” said Higgins.
The group of students plans on conducting the third annual Morningside poll ahead of the 2020 Iowa caucus.