Political-science major gets crash course

This summer, Cory Massey was running cattle on the Uncompahgre Plateau. In the last few days, he was engaged in trying to round up voters by phone as part of Colorado Mesa University’s first try at statewide political polling.

“I learned a lot about response rate,” Massey said. “I probably made upwards of 60 calls and got one completed survey.”

Massey was more active as a co-author of the CMU-Rocky Mountain PBS poll results on the state of the race between U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Darryl Glenn, and Amendment 69, which would establish a statewide health care system.

Results of the poll can be found in an accompanying story.

“It was fun to be part of the decision-making process” in considering which models to use in the poll, said Massey, a political science major due to graduate this spring.

Massey returned Wednesday from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, which helped conduct the poll.

He’ll factor the experience into deciding whether to attend law school or graduate school, Massey said.

Massey’s family has ranched Unaweep Canyon and the Uncompahgre Plateau for decades. He’s hoping to balance the family ranching business with his academic ambitions, Massey said.

In any case, he hopes to be involved in public lands and water rights issues, keeping in mind the perspective of a century’s worth of family experience in them.

Massey is attending Colorado Mesa University on an Aspinall Scholarship, named for U.S. Rep. Wayne Aspinall of Palisade, the longtime chairman of the House Resources Committee.

He sees much in Aspinall’s experience to emulate, Massey said.

“There are a lot of parallels there for me.”


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