Survey Suggests Most Coloradans Oppose Income Tax Hike

August 1, 2013
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Six in ten Coloradans oppose raising taxes by $1 billion, according to a recent survey

Six in ten Coloradans say they oppose raising taxes by $1 billion, according to a recent survey

DENVER – While Colorado voters are open to the idea of additional funding for schools, getting them to sign off on the details of a proposed $1 billion, across-the-board income tax hike backed by labor unions and Governor John Hickenlooper may be a tougher sell, according to a polling memo released by the conservative advocacy group Compass Colorado.

The memo analyzed the findings of one of the only recent polls done on Coloradans’ views on raising taxes, which was conducted earlier this year by Magellan Strategies, a Louisville, Colorado based firm.

When poll respondents were asked if they would support a tax increase to fund education in Colorado, 50.3 percent of those polled said they would, compared to 42.9 percent who said they would not.  But those surveyed did not support the idea of raising income taxes, and they were even less enthusiastic about the idea of a two-tiered income tax structure like the one championed by Governor Hickenlooper.

When asked if they would support “raising the state income tax from 4.63% to 5.35% to increase funding for education in Colorado,” just 35.9 percent of those polled said they would, while 54.7 percent said they would not.

When asked if they would support raising income taxes by one percent on those making less than $75,000, and by three percent on those making more than $75,000, just 35.1 percent said they would, compared to 56.3 percent who said they would not.

There was also a “sticker shock” effect on support for raising taxes when a dollar amount was attached to the idea.

When asked if they would support “a billion dollar tax increase in Colorado to fund education”, less than one in four respondents, 24.4 percent, said they would.  By comparison, nearly six in ten, 58.4 percent, opposed the idea.

While the poll was conducted in late April, before the details of a proposed tax hike backed by Governor Hickenlooper and the state’s largest union were publicly known, the results are bad news for the plan’s backers.  That’s because the proposed $1 billion tax hike, known as “Initiative 22”, contains many of the same components that polled poorly with survey respondents.

Initiative 22 would create a new two-tiered income tax system that would raise income taxes by 8 percent on those making less than $75,000, and by 27 percent over current levels on those with incomes over $75,000.

That point wasn’t lost on Compass Colorado, who issued a memo on Thursday highlighting the results of the survey.

“Not only do voters oppose the two-tiered tax increase system of Initiative 22, they strongly oppose the initiative across all ages and genders…[and] [l]ess than a quarter of voters are apt to support a ‘billion dollar tax increase,’” read the memo.  “That is significantly less than the 37% who voted in favor of Proposition 103 in 2011, which only asked for half as much as Initiative 22 seeks.”

Proposition 103, which sought to raise income taxes, was overwhelmingly defeated by voters in 2011 by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin.

The Magellan Strategies survey of 675 adults was conducted between April 24 and 25, and has a + / – 3.77 percent margin of error.

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7 Responses to Survey Suggests Most Coloradans Oppose Income Tax Hike

  1. Randall Morrow
    August 2, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I have a great Idea, why don’t we use the Money that comes in from the Lottery and Power Ball and assign these funds as needed on a yearly basis to fund what we need to that will help our state needs. This could be voted on by a state wide vote as needed for the term of the needs and could be accessed by legal voters that would be assigned a personal I.D. number like your SSAN to keep holy by each LEGAL Voter and use a computerized system to support the votes. Any party abusing the voter rights I.D. number looses that number permanently and is not allowed to vote within the state again. This may alleviate the abuse and keep people honest.

  2. Bob Terry
    August 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Wasn’t The Colorado Lottery supposed to be used to “help the Children” ? and fund our schools ? Wasn’t that the purpose of getting a legal state numbers game going? Like everything a Federal and State bloated Bureaucracy and Government get their noses into, money gets wasted or “appropriated elsewhere” and never how it was intended.
    I like Mr Morrow’s idea of a personal I.D. that is verified… But people like the Democratic party and Diana DeGette and Jared Polis ad nauseuum would protest because its unfair. I guess that is an admission that the people they represent are to ignorant or incompetent to vote without Democrat help…

    This over bloated boondoggle is nothing more than a cash grab.. overreaching teachers unions would siphon off three quarters… Plus with ALL the MONEY spent on the CHILDREN they still can’t achieve the Colorado Testing…can’t read or write and still deficient when they are forced through to graduate. When I was in school Dick and Jane…I learned to read..and teachers taught school not agenda.. If people would stand up to Federal and State education and the Union Thugs behind it…this would shut them up. I’d think the people of Colorado would really like to know with all the “past” millions spent why children are still stupid after getting a First Class public education. Teachers the Teachers Union and the State and Federal Government have a lot of explaining… but same old garbage…Its not our fault and too busy finger pointing..

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