Tuesday, November 1, 2016

El Paso Voters in Good Mood; Growth Biggest Problem

Like residents in the Denver metro area, El Paso County voters believe their area is moving in the right direction. Sixty-two percent of El Paso voters and 60 percent of metro voters see their respective areas moving in the right direction.

El Paso voters believe the “most important issue to deal with in next few years” is connected to growth. A near majority (47%) of voters cited growth-related issues, such as traffic congestion (35%), just “too much growth” (9%) or affordable housing (2%) as most important.

Crime-related issues were in second place (28%), including marijuana use, sales and dispensaries (7%); homelessness (6%); and police problems, shootings (3%). The final larger categories were local government issues, such as pensions and benefits (4%), and high taxes (4%), and the economy and jobs (13%).

The survey was conducted by Ciruli Associates for the Colorado Springs Gazette with 600 likely voters on October 18. The margin of error was ±4.0 percentage points.

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