Oct 24, 2023 - News

New Colorado poll shows split on addressing housing costs

Note: +/-3.5 point margin of error. Data: Magellan Strategies; Chart: John Frank/Axios

Colorado residents agree housing is a problem, but they are split on what to do about it.

State of play: 56% of registered voters believe the availability of rental and homeownership opportunities in their communities is a "big problem," and another 22% say it is "somewhat of a problem," according to a survey released today by Magellan Strategies, one of the state's top polling firms.

  • Those with lower incomes and renters are most concerned.

Yes, but: It is unclear what policies the public supports and whether local government or the state should lead the charge, the poll showed.

  • Voters are split on Gov. Jared Polis' push to allow multifamily housing in single-family neighborhoods statewide, and are evenly divided on a new law designed to increase home construction.
  • Rent control received 60% support with 32% opposed.

Why it matters: The public debate mirrors the split at the state Capitol, where Polis and lawmakers don't see eye-to-eye on affordable housing, an issue expected to play prominently into the next legislative session.

The intrigue: Asked to identify what's driving the state's affordable housing crisis, voters pointed the finger at people moving to Colorado (83%), inflation (83%), and the availability of labor and construction costs (80%).


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