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Colorado Voters Worry State Becoming Too Crowded

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June 2022 Poll of 1,024 Colorado Likely Voters

Rasmussen Reports

How would you rate the job Joe Biden has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?



The U.S. Department of Agriculture calculates that Colorado, over the last four decades, has turned more than 1,250 square miles of Open Space, natural habitat, and agricultural land into housing, shopping malls, streets and other urban development.  On balance, has this made Colorado a better place to live, a worse place to live or did it not have much effect?



Has Colorado developed too much, too little, or about as much as it should?


Government data show that the United States now has about one-third less cropland for each American than it did 30 years ago.  How important is it to protect U.S. farmland from development so the United States is able to produce enough food to feed its own human population in the future? 

If recent trends continue, Colorado demographers project that the state's human population of 5.8 million will grow by another 1.8 million by 2050, joining Colorado Springs, Denver and Fort Collins together into a single "mega-city." Do you find this prospect to be more positive or more negative?


If Colorado adds another 1.8 million residents, do you expect traffic to become much worse or would the government be able to build enough extra transportation capacity to accommodate the extra residents without more congestion?


Colorado cities compete for scarce water with the agricultural industry, which relies on irrigation for most of its cropland. Should water used to cultivate crops be diverted to support additional human population growth?



Colorado is a mostly arid state with limited water in its streams and rivers. Is it more important for the remaining level of water in streams and rivers to be used to support wildlife habitat, fish and birds, or is it more important to use the remaining water in Colorado streams to support the projected increase of residents in the state?



From an environmental standpoint how important is it to preserve Colorado's mountains, native grasslands, rivers, forests, and canyons? 


How important is it to you that you can easily get to Natural Areas and Open Space? 



A study of government data found that 86% or more of the depletion of Colorado’s Open Space, natural habitat, and farmland in recent decades was related to Colorado's rapid population growth. Would continuing this level of population growth into the future make Colorado better, worse or not much different?



"In recent years, have you sensed that Colorado's cities, parks, neighborhoods, schools, and roads have become much more crowded, somewhat more crowded, somewhat less crowded, or much less crowded?



Colorado's population has approximately doubled since 1980. Would you prefer that Colorado’s population continue to rapidly grow, that it grow more slowly, that it stay about the same size, or that it become smaller?   


A major source of Colorado’s population growth is people moving in from other states, especially California. Should local and state governments in Colorado make it more difficult for people to move to Colorado from other states by restricting development?



Another major source of Colorado’s population growth is immigration from other countries.  Should the federal government reduce annual immigration to slow down Colorado's population growth, keep immigration and population growth at the current level, or increase annual immigration and population growth? 



Currently, the federal government adds about one million legal permanent immigrants to the country each year.  What annual level would you prefer:  increase to two million or more per year, increase to one and a half million, keep it at around one million, reduce it to a half-million, or reduce it to 100,000 or less? 



One way to handle continued population growth without losing as much Open Space, natural habitat, and farmland in Colorado is to change zoning and other regulations to channel more current and future residents into apartments and condo buildings instead of single-family houses with yards. Do you strongly favor that change, somewhat favor it, somewhat oppose it or strongly oppose it?



Do you live in a major city, the suburbs, a small city, a town or a rural area?



Where would you prefer to live – in a major city, the suburbs, a small city, a town or a rural area?



Have you lived in Colorado since childhood or did you move to Colorado as an adult?



About how long have you lived in Colorado, less than 10 years, 10 to 20 years, 20 to 30 years, or more than 30 years? 



Were you born in Colorado, in another state, or another country? 



NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence