ColoradoCare now opposed by all demographics

ColoradoCare now opposed by all demographics
Millennials oppose 59 to 40 percent, Democrats 45 to 41 percent, all other age groups by at least 62 percent

DENVER—Magellan Strategies is out with a new poll showing Coloradans oppose the single-payer ballot proposal Amendment 69 known as “ColoradoCare” 65 to 27 percent. Only 11 percent of voters said they would definitely vote for the proposal. The majority of those questioned in the survey were 18 to 34 year olds, and the majority were also female.

Since Magellan’s survey in January voter opposition to the $25 billion tax hike has increased by 15 points from 50 to 65 percent. Support has declined 16 points, dropping from 43 to 27 percent.

Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:

“Coloradans oppose ColoradoCare because it will triple our taxes for no guaranteed health care coverage, restrict health care options and choice, and disproportionately tax low-income families. Coloradans have no interest in drinking Denver state Sen. Irene Aguilar’s ColoradoCare kool-aid and they don’t want to see her ‘health care’ tax proposal kill Coloradans. Millennials are smart to oppose this disaster that will disproportionately tax our generation, especially considering it goes against our views of choice and health care rights.”

Ed Sealover, with the Denver Business Journal explained in his report on the poll that ColoradoCare is losing in every demographic group:

“Millennials, once thought to be its possible salvation, oppose it by a margin of 59 percent to 40 percent, while all other age groups show at least 62 percent opposition. Democrats oppose it by a total of 45 percent to 41 percent, Magellan found, while 88 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of unaffiliated voters are against it.”

Magellan Strategies said:

“These findings are not that surprising considering Colorado’s history of rejecting large tax increases. We believe the amendment asks too much from Colorado voters by asking them to raise their state income tax by 10 percent. While the dream of universal healthcare may sound appealing to some Colorado voters, two thirds are unwilling to pay up for it.

With more than 60 days until Election Day, and five weeks until ballots are mailed out on October 17th, this survey indicates it is very unlikely that Amendment 69 will be approved by voters.”

Owen Perkins, a spokesman for the ColoradoCare campaign, told the Denver Business Journalthat he felt the new poll was skewed as compared to the January poll.

“A lot of those people can’t vote for Sanders but can still vote for what he was promoting,” Perkins said. “(The poll) probably makes it look a little more negative than it is.”

The full survey can be viewed here.

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