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Poll: Colorado ballot issues continue uphill battles

5:56 AM, Oct 25, 2010   |    comments
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The survey of more than 540 voters was conducted from Oct. 19-Oct. 21. Its margin of error ranges from 4.1 percent to 4.3 percent.

Amendment 60, which seeks to lower property taxes, only has 18 percent support in the survey. 59 percent of voters are opposed to it while 23 percent remain uncertain.

Amendment 61, which seeks to restrict bonding and borrowing by government, is also only supported by 18 percent of those surveyed. It's opposed by 63 percent while 20 percent are uncertain.

Proposition 101, which seeks to lower income taxes and vehicle registration fees, is doing the best of the three tax measures, but still only has 21 percent support in this poll. Fifty-five percent opposed the measure and 24 percent are undecided.

The opponents of the three ballot measures, Coloradans for Responsible Reform, are a coalition of more than 600 groups from around the state have raised more than $5 million to defeat the measures.

Amendment 62, which seeks to define personhood at the moment of conception, is gathering 20 percent support from voters with 56 percent opposed. One in four, or 25 percent, are still uncertain. It represents the sixth time in the last 15 years that Coloradans have voted on the topic of abortion.

Amendment 63, which seeks to give Coloradans the chance to weigh in on the federal health care reform law, enjoys the support of 24 percent of those surveyed with 36 percent opposed and 40 percent still uncommitted. This is the only ballot measure polled that does not have a majority of Colorado voters expressing their opposition.

The survey also asked Coloradans about a variety of issues facing this country. Nearly half of those surveyed (47 percent) said none of the so-called Bush tax cuts should expire at the end of the year, while 30 percent want those for the wealthiest of Americans to expire.

Colorado remains equally divided on the issue of legalizing marijuana. Forty-six percent are in favor, 43 percent are opposed and 11 percent have no opinion.

As with other recent polls, Colorado remains interested in passing an Arizona-like immigration law despite its most controversial, and some would say most effective components, being held up by the courts. Fifty-seven percent are in favor of seeing a law like that in Colorado while 40 percent are opposed.

The President's approval rating continues to be somewhat shaky in Colorado. Forty-three percent view President Barack Obama favorably while 49 percent look at him unfavorably. Eight percent have no opinion.

The most important issue before Coloradans this fall remains jobs and the economy by a wide margin. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed say that's what the country should focus on. Twelve percent are most interested in the federal deficit. Nine percent are most worried about illegal immigration. Five percent said health care and three percent said energy and the war in Afghanistan were their top issues.

Finally, Colorado is split on the Tea Party with 43 percent viewing the relatively new political phenomenon favorably, 43 percent looking at it unfavorably and 13 percent remaining neutral. Two percent had no opinion.

To see the full breakdown of this poll, click here.

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