First, the 65 percent of Colorado voters who believe “that a recession is no time to raise taxes, and that government should reduce spending with a six percent ‘across the board’ cut to balance the budget” rather than “that taxes and fees should be raised on businesses in order to protect funding for key services like health care, education, and transportation” (chosen by only 25 percent of respondents) breaks down as follows:
- 65 percent of Jeffco/Arapahoe voters — the swing region of statewide elections
- More than 60 percent of both genders and all age groups
- 85 percent of Republicans, 63 percent of independents, and even 45 percent of Democrats
And in a similar result, 71 percent of Colorado voters agreed (including 53 percent who strongly agreed) with the statement: “A recession is no time to raise taxes and fees on businesses, even it if means that spending would have to be cut.” Overwhelming majorities in the Colorado Springs, Western Slope and Eastern Plains region agreed, as did 53 percent of Democrats. And a startling note if you’re John Hickenlooper:
Fully eighty-two percent (82%) of those voters who are undecided on the gubernatorial ballot test also indicate that they agree with this statement.
But I and many others will do our part to make sure voters remember. You can count on that.