Satisfaction with Government
Nearly half of Colorado adults (48%) believe the state is going in the right direction, compared to 33% who believe it is on the wrong track.
- Republicans are more pessimistic (38% right direction; 45% wrong track) than Democrats (55% right direction; 28% wrong track).
A full 60% of Colorado adults give the state economy a 7+ rating on a 10-point scale.
- A strong majority (84%) of Colorado adults believe the economy will either improve or remain the same over the next 12 months.
- Optimism about the economy is highest among young men, singles, middle-incomes, veterans, Hispanics, in the North Denver suburbs and on the West Slope.
85% of Colorado adults are satisfied with life in their community.
- A majority (57%) say they are “very satisfied.”
63% of Colorado adults say they are satisfied with the Colorado state government, while 30% are dissatisfied and 8% are unsure.
- Satisfaction is above 57% in every region of the state except Colorado Springs (46%).
- Democrats are most satisfied (75%), followed by independents (62%). Republicans are least satisfied (47%).
61% of Colorado adults say they get a good value for their state taxes.
- Perceptions of good value peak in Denver, South Denver Suburbs, and Colorado Springs (67%); perceptions of good value are lowest on the West Slope (47%).
Only 39% of Colorado adults say they are satisfied with the federal government, while 54% say they are unsatisfied and 7% are unsure.
- Satisfaction with the federal government is highest on the West Slope (48% satisfied; 48% dissatisfied).
Access to Services and Quality of Life
Colorado adults give high marks on access to recreation and open space (80% A or B grade).
Colorado adults give mixed but generally positive marks on access to internet, quality K-12 education, safe highways, and decent-paying jobs (53%-56% A or B grade)
- The highest grades on K-12 education come from Larimer / Boulder (75% A or B) and the West Slope (70% A or B). The lowest grades come from Denver (41% A or B).
- The highest marks on access to jobs come from Larimer / Boulder and Metro Denver, including suburbs (56% to 67% A or B). The lowest grades come from the West Slope (38% A or B).
Low marks were given on access to affordable healthcare (35% A or B; 39% D or F) and access to affordable college (34% A or B; 27% D or F).
- Grades on access to affordable healthcare are highest in Larimer / Boulder and Metro Denver (58% to 67% A or B). The lowest grades come from North Denver (16% A or B) and the West Slope (21% A or B).
- The highest marks on access to affordable college come from the West Slope (52% A or B), while the lowest marks come from Denver Metro, Colorado Springs, and Larimer / Boulder (21% to 29% A or B).
Access to affordable housing was graded the worst (21% A or B; 51% D or F).
- Over half (53%) of Colorado adults say that housing costs are a major problem, and another quarter (27%) say housing costs are a moderate problem.
- Every region has two-thirds or more of its adults saying affordable housing deserves a C grade or lower.
- “There is an abundance of evidence in this poll that housing costs are the top issue in Colorado today.”
On TABOR, a 41% plurality statewide says the constitutional spending limits have been mostly a good thing, while 29% disagree and 30% are unsure.
- Support for TABOR peaks in Colorado Springs (52% good thing) and is lowest in Denver and on the West Slope (32% good thing).
- Support for TABOR is far higher among men (50% good thing) than women (30% good thing).
- Majorities support de-Brucing TABOR at the local level on the West Slope (51%), in Larimer / Boulder (55%) and in North Denver Suburbs (60%).
The survey for the Colorado Community Report Card was conducted by Vitale & Associates, and is based on 500 live telephone interviews completed in April 2018. Statewide results were provided and broken down into seven regions: Denver; North Denver Suburbs; South Denver Suburbs; Colorado Springs; Larimer / Boulder; West Slope / Club 20 Counties; and Front Range / East Slope. The margin of error is 4.4%.