Significant Support of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights According To Polling
Diverse coalition of Colorado public policy organizations commission survey on taxpayer protection law, find overwhelming support from across the state
February 15, 2019 (DENVER) – A coalition of public policy organizations today released the results of a survey commissioned in mid-January that indicates strong public support of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).
“We know that Coloradans are, at their core, fiscally prudent and want to be asked first before government takes more of their money. This overwhelming support for TABOR proves that to be true,” said Amy Oliver Cooke, Executive Vice President for the Independence Institute.
The poll, commissioned by a diverse array of public policy organizations from across Colorado, found that 71 percent of respondents support TABOR when provided the definition of the amendment, compared to just 28 percent who oppose it. The surveyquestioned 500 Coloradans, of whom 37 percent identified as unaffiliated/other, 32 percent as Democrat, and 31 percent as Republican. The margin of error to the results was +/- 4.4 percent.
“The special interest groups going to the Supreme Court to get a full repeal of TABOR on the ballot must have forgotten one thing: polling,” noted Michael Fields, Executive Director of Colorado Rising Action. “A full repeal of TABOR would get crushed on the ballot. The best argument for TABOR is simply describing it, without any bias.
“Unaffiliated voters, which are the largest voting bloc in the state, overwhelmingly support TABOR. In Colorado, as unaffiliated voters go, so goes the state.”
“Consent matters. As some elected officials and special interest groups collude against taxpayers with plans to dismantle this wildly popular 25-year-old constitutional amendment, the results of this survey should give them pause. Attempts to weaken it or erode voter consent won’t be well received by Coloradans,” Cooke added.
Jesse Mallory, State Director of Americans for Prosperity-Colorado, applauded the results of the survey: “TABOR empowers voters by making them the ultimate decisionmakers on whether or not government can raise taxes or issue more debt. That is why it is so popular among the people and disliked by so many politicians. Our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights keeps government spending in check, which is why our state’s private sector has been flourishing.”
The Independence Institute, Americans for Prosperity-Colorado, Colorado Rising Action, SpringsTaxpayers.com, The Steamboat Institute