Jill Baron's research crew treks up to Loch Vale Watershed loaded down with climate change research equipment.

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It’s no surprise: Coloradans as a whole love open space, but aren’t so rosy when it comes to housing costs. Those insights are according to research conducted by Colorado Mesa University. The study, dubbed the Colorado Community Report Card, surveyed 500 adults from around the state by phone. Participants were asked questions ranging from neighborhood safety to government efficiency. Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster talked to Colorado Matters about turning those survey results into real policy.

There was a divide between the Western Slope and the Front Range on some issues of course, but maybe not as expected. For one, 51 percent of Western Slope respondents agreed that TABOR limits and de-brucing are mostly good, compared to 43 percent of respondents in Denver and 29 percent in Colorado Springs.