September 23, 2013
Colorado voters so far remain relatively uninformed about Amendment 66, the measure that would raise $950 million in taxes for schools, but would likely vote it down if the election were held today, according to a Republican-leaning pollster.
A survey by Louisville-based Magellan Strategies found that only 7 percent of 600 likely voters said they were "extremely informed" about the proposed amendment, which would revise the way education funds are parceled out to school districts and put more money toward expanded kindergarten, preschool, at-risk students and English-language learners.
Focusing on the tax ramifications, which would provide for a two-step state income tax increase, the poll asked two questions. First, it asked one with minimal information about the amendment and then a second question with more detailed information about the proposed new tax structure.
To the general question, 44 percent indicated they would oppose the measure, compared with 38 percent in support and 18 percent undecided.
The margin against the measure widened with the more detailed question, as 52 percent said they opposed it to 38 percent in support and 10 percent undecided.
"This survey reconfirms there is no appetite for a statewide tax increase," said former state Sen. Norma Anderson of Coloradans for Real Education Reform, the primary opposition group to the amendment.
A spokesman for Vote Yes on 66, which is backing the measure, said he expects that by Election Day, voters will make the decision to back the education initiative.
"The only results that matter will be delivered after voting centers close and ballots are counted on Nov. 5," Curtis Hubbard said.