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Poll shows midvalley full of civic-minded old-timers

Along with unveiling opinions on some major issues, a survey of midvalley residents by Eagle County has unearthed some revealing demographic information.

Residents of the Roaring Fork Valley portion of Eagle County tend to be longtime Colorado residents who migrated into their current neighborhoods after living in the state for a while.

They tend to be at or rapidly approaching middle age, and an overwhelming number own their homes.

Midvalley residents take elections seriously and the vast majority depend on newspapers for local and community news. An above-average number of survey respondents also said they use the Internet “regularly.”

Eagle County hired Ridder/Braden Inc. of Denver to survey 300 registered voters in the midvalley in late July and early August. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.7 percent.

Demographics showed that 54 percent of Eagle County residents in the Roaring Fork Valley have lived in Colorado 20 years or more. Another 25 percent have been in the state between 11 and 20 years.

Migration to Eagle County has been more recent. The survey showed 21 percent have lived in the county for 20 or more years. Another 23 percent have been entrenched for 11 to 20 years, and 30 percent have been there between six and 10 years.

Only 5 percent of respondents said they’ve been in the midvalley neck of the woods for one or two years. Two percent declined to answer.

Since so many valley residents of Eagle County are old-timers in the state, it makes sense that the majority of respondents are above age 35.

The survey showed a whopping 56 percent of respondents were between ages 35 and 49. Another 20 percent were between ages 50 and 64.

In other age categories, 3 percent were between 18 and 24; 12 percent were between ages 25 and 34; and 8 percent were 65 or older.

One percent of respondents said their age was nobody’s damn business, or words to that effect.

The older folks tend to take their civics seriously. Forty-four percent said they vote in every election while 35 percent said they vote in most elections.

Another 13 percent said they vote in “some” elections and 6 percent admitted they vote in “not many.”

Most survey respondents, 89 percent, said they own their homes. Eight percent said they rent and the remainder didn’t provide an answer.

When asked what their source was for community news, 90 percent indicated newspapers.

The Aspen Times was identified as the paper most often read by respondents who named newspapers as their top source. The Aspen Daily News was a close second.

Internet use is also popular. The survey showed 61 percent of the respondents said they use it “regularly,” though there was no definition of regular use. Thirty-eight percent said they don’t use it and 2 percent wouldn’t answer.

The poll also asked Roaring Fork Valley residents of Eagle County about several weighty issues in their neighborhood. The Aspen Times reported last Thursday that the majority of respondents oppose building a commuter rail between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. Vast majorities also oppose splitting from Eagle County and joining either Pitkin or Garfield County.

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