Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Change in Public Opinion

In a series of local Colorado polls conducted in May through July 2011, the public was concerned about the economy and only weakly supportive of new taxes. Tax extensions were the only revenue measures that appeared to have support.

Unfortunately, the real economy, the public’s confidence in the economic direction and the public’s view of government has darkened since the debt ceiling debate.

Sales tax revenue is declining in many Colorado jurisdictions from previous rates. Also, new national polls show a severe hopelessness about the government’s ability to fix the problem.

This new political environment, if it continues, could negatively affect November tax initiatives.

See articles:
Pueblo ChieftainColoradans feeling ‘hopeless,’ poll says
Washington PostPoll: Majority of public has lost faith in government ability to fix economy

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