Survey: TABOR should be repealed

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A majority of Colorado voters surveyed by the Colorado Policy Institute say the Taxpayer Bill of Rights should be repealed.

Fifty-five percent said the measure, which was intended to curb runaway tax and spend habits,  has hamstrung the state budget and it should be done away with.

The survey also showed that 48 percent of those polled believe Colorado is heading in the “wrong direction,” and 41 percent say it’s going the right way.

Only 15 percent of Republicans believe the state is headed in the right direction,  and 64 percent of Democrats also feel it’s heading in the right direction.

The survey polled 500 “likely” registered Colorado voters by phone Sept. 16-17. It said the results carry a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

Click here to visit the Colorado Policy Institute Web site and read results of the entire survey.

Other poll findings include:

  • Voters who approve of the job performance of Gov. Bill Ritter, who is running for re-election next year, slightly outnumber those who disapprove, 48 percent to 46 percent, within the poll’s margin of error.
  • Scott McInnis is by far the most-favored among potential GOP candidates for governor (by 40 percent to Josh Penry’s 13 percent).
  • In the U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet (favored by 41 percent) and Republican Jane Norton (45 percent) are the front-runners among those surveyed.
  • Thirty-one percent of those surveyed feel the economy and jobs are Colorado’s most important issue, with 16 percent citing health care, 14 percent illegal immigration, 13 percent education and 11 percent taxes. Denver voters cite the economy and health as equally important.
  • Most voters give a “B” grade (35 percent) or a “C” grade (38 percent) to the state’s public schools. Only 4 percent given an “A” grade.
  • The state is split on the job performance of President Barack Obama, with 48 percent approving and 47 percent disapproving. In Denver, 60 percent approve of Obama’s performance.

4 Responses to Survey: TABOR should be repealed

  1. So, who did they call to poll? All the State and County Department Heads? They didn’t call me…..keep the TABOR in place!! It’s just about our last line of defense!!!

    M. M. Mills
    September 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm

  2. I’d like to see the demographics for where those phone calls were made. Denver possibly? Same for the Obama performance rating.

    Lynn Liggett
    September 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm

  3. Mmm..who did they poll? Most of us do NOT want higher taxes..especially in this economy.. so who exactly is it that DOES want to pay more? NO, we need TABOR to stay!!

    M. Philips
    September 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm

  4. “…48 percent of those polled believe Colorado is heading in the “wrong direction” yet the same people, according to this poll, think the solution is more taxes? blacking…out… the… stupidity …is … just… too… much….

    Ton Avila
    September 25, 2009 at 7:58 am