Morningside’s Colonel Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement announces results from annual poll conducted in Iowa

Apr 27, 2022 • Political Science, Student News
The student fellows of the Colonel Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement at Morningside University have released the results of the fifth annual Morningside Poll.
The student fellows of the Colonel Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement at Morningside University have released the results of the fifth annual Morningside Poll.

The student fellows of the Colonel Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement at Morningside University have released the results of the fifth annual Morningside Poll, a student-led public opinion initiative that measures the thoughts and attitudes of Iowa residents on current policy issues, political events, and performance of elected officials.

The 2022 survey included questions that stemmed from current events and topics being discussed at the state and national levels including the war in Ukraine, climate change, inflation, education, healthcare, and more. The Morningside Poll was designed to identify and analyze trends in the current political climate and gauge where Iowans stand on these issues.

“Students working on the Morningside Poll learn how to design and administer a statewide survey that examines Iowan's thoughts on a variety of issues and topics,” said Dr. Valerie Hennings, director of the Col. Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement and associate professor of political science at Morningside. “The poll is not only a valuable resource but also an experiential learning opportunity for Morningside students interested in political science and research.”

12 Day Center fellows worked on the Morningside Poll in 2022, ranging from first-year students to seniors. The student fellows created the survey questions and worked with Dynata, the world’s largest first-party data and insights platform, to conduct the polling from April 8 through April 22, 2022. The survey was conducted with computer-assisted telephone interviews to landline and cell phones with 689 Iowa adults as a final sample. The margin of error for the results is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points. Day Center student fellows, supervised by Hennings, analyzed the survey data from Dynata and produced factsheets and survey briefs that can be found at morningside.edu/morningside-poll.

The Col. Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement was founded in 2015, and the Morningside Poll was established in 2018. The mission of the Day Center is to provide educational resources and experiences to engage citizens in civic and political processes. The center is named in honor of the late Col. George “Bud" Day, a 1950 Morningside graduate and one of America’s most highly decorated servicemen. The annual results produced from the Morningside Poll can serve as a resource and an asset to anyone interested in Iowa politics and policies, including educators, students, community leaders, and researchers.

Detailed results for the 2022 Morningside Poll and information from previous polls can be found at morningside.edu/morningside-poll

Please note that the information from the Morningside Poll and Day Center website, including factsheets, survey briefs and infographics, may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes. Any non-commercial reproduction must include clear, visible credit to the Col. Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement at Morningside University. Commercial reproduction requires prior permission in writing from the Col. Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement.