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Should Colorado Springs Utilities shorten the timeline to close the Martin Drake Power Plant?

  • Yes. Current market conditions mean the time is ripe for other power sources. 50%, 65 votes
    65 votes 50%
    65 votes - 50% of all votes
  • No. Inexpensive electricity is important for business growth and development. 32%, 42 votes
    42 votes 32%
    42 votes - 32% of all votes
  • Maybe. But we shouldn't rush to change what is already working. 18%, 23 votes
    23 votes 18%
    23 votes - 18% of all votes
Total Votes: 130
September 13, 2017 - September 20, 2017
Voting is closed

Would you pay to use a new toll lane between Monument and Castle Rock?

  • I would never support a toll lane. 39%, 23 votes
    23 votes 39%
    23 votes - 39% of all votes
  • I won't use it, but I support it because it will get other cars out of my lane. 31%, 18 votes
    18 votes 31%
    18 votes - 31% of all votes
  • Yes, I commute north for work and would use a toll lane on weekdays. 17%, 10 votes
    10 votes 17%
    10 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Maybe on the weekends, especially in the summer. 14%, 8 votes
    8 votes 14%
    8 votes - 14% of all votes
  • No, I commute into Douglas County during the week and it's not bad. 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 59
November 20, 2017

Do you plan to support small businesses on Small Business Saturday?

  • Yes, I support small businesses all year, but especially make an effort on Small Business Saturday. 75%, 33 votes
    33 votes 75%
    33 votes - 75% of all votes
  • Maybe, but only if the small business can offer me something I can't find anywhere else. 16%, 7 votes
    7 votes 16%
    7 votes - 16% of all votes
  • Yes, but only on Small Business Saturday. The rest of the year, I look for the best price. 7%, 3 votes
    3 votes 7%
    3 votes - 7% of all votes
  • No, the prices at small businesses tend to be higher than bigger retailers. I always look for a bargain. 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
Total Votes: 44
November 15, 2017 - November 20, 2017
Voting is closed

Do the results of this election indicate a permanent shift in voter sentiment?

  • This is one election. The issues were compelling, but voters will want to see results — and soon. 56%, 72 votes
    72 votes 56%
    72 votes - 56% of all votes
  • Yes. Colorado Springs will no longer play second fiddle to northern Colorado. Look for lots more investment in ourselves. 34%, 43 votes
    43 votes 34%
    43 votes - 34% of all votes
  • No.These approvals were a tiny wrinkle for an otherwise frugal city. The spending stops here. 10%, 13 votes
    13 votes 10%
    13 votes - 10% of all votes
Total Votes: 128
November 8, 2017 - November 15, 2017
Voting is closed

How vulnerable is your business to cyber attacks?

  • Not vulnerable at all. My data is protected and I conduct regular audits. 43%, 10 votes
    10 votes 43%
    10 votes - 43% of all votes
  • Somewhat protected. I invest in cybersecurity measures but I could do better. 35%, 8 votes
    8 votes 35%
    8 votes - 35% of all votes
  • I have no idea. 17%, 4 votes
    4 votes 17%
    4 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Not secure. My passwords are all "password." 4%, 1 vote
    1 vote 4%
    1 vote - 4% of all votes
Total Votes: 23
November 1, 2017 - November 8, 2017
Voting is closed

Will you support Colorado Springs School District 11's Mill Levy Override?

  • Yes. Supporting the city's largest district is necessary for the future prosperity of Colorado Springs. 57%, 77 votes
    77 votes 57%
    77 votes - 57% of all votes
  • No. The district has all the money it needs. It just needs to adjust priorities. 31%, 41 vote
    41 vote 31%
    41 vote - 31% of all votes
  • I don't know. I need more information. 12%, 16 votes
    16 votes 12%
    16 votes - 12% of all votes
Total Votes: 134
October 25, 2017 - November 1, 2017
Voting is closed

Are you going to vote for stormwater and transportation funding in November?

  • Yes, I'll vote for both. We need a dedicated stormwater fund and three lanes to Castle Rock. 61%, 94 votes
    94 votes 61%
    94 votes - 61% of all votes
  • I won't support either. 20%, 31 vote
    31 vote 20%
    31 vote - 20% of all votes
  • I'll vote for stormwater but not transportation. Very little work will be in El Paso County. Let someone else pick up the bill. 10%, 15 votes
    15 votes 10%
    15 votes - 10% of all votes
  • I'll vote for transportation but not stormwater. The residential fee structure is not fair. 9%, 14 votes
    14 votes 9%
    14 votes - 9% of all votes
Total Votes: 154
October 18, 2017 - October 25, 2017
Voting is closed

Has Connect for Health Colorado been a positive for health care in the state? 

  • No. The dwindling list of carriers and the huge premium hikes are a recipe for disaster. 30%, 18 votes
    18 votes 30%
    18 votes - 30% of all votes
  • The bigger issue is the Affordable Care Act. Repeal and replace! 28%, 17 votes
    17 votes 28%
    17 votes - 28% of all votes
  • Yes, the uninsured rate has plummeted since 2013 and that takes the burden off taxpayers. 25%, 15 votes
    15 votes 25%
    15 votes - 25% of all votes
  • Sort of. Premiums continue to rise, but subsidies have done a good job making insurance affordable for most. 18%, 11 votes
    11 votes 18%
    11 votes - 18% of all votes
Total Votes: 61
October 10, 2017 - October 18, 2017
Voting is closed

Downtown development, record-breaking tourism, an airport that's back in business and a bike-share program — is Colorado Springs undergoing a renaissance?

  • It's not a renaissance. There is progress but the city is just playing catch-up. 56%, 80 votes
    80 votes 56%
    80 votes - 56% of all votes
  • Yes, the possibilities in Colorado Springs have never been greater. It will be a new city in 5-10 years. 37%, 53 votes
    53 votes 37%
    53 votes - 37% of all votes
  • Maybe, but we could develop too quickly and suffer consequences. This should take 20 years. 4%, 6 votes
    6 votes 4%
    6 votes - 4% of all votes
  • It's too much, too fast. 3%, 4 votes
    4 votes 3%
    4 votes - 3% of all votes
Total Votes: 143
October 4, 2017 - October 11, 2017
Voting is closed

If Denver gets Amazon's new headquarters campus, will Colorado Springs benefit?

  • Maybe. But Colorado Springs needs to find ways to attract economic drivers on its own. 50%, 61 vote
    61 vote 50%
    61 vote - 50% of all votes
  • Yes. Residents may apply for jobs and ancillary businesses can be located in the Springs. 31%, 38 votes
    38 votes 31%
    38 votes - 31% of all votes
  • No. All new infrastructure spending will be focused on Denver and the I-70 corridor. 20%, 24 votes
    24 votes 20%
    24 votes - 20% of all votes
Total Votes: 123
September 27, 2017 - October 4, 2017
Voting is closed

Will a comprehensive infrastructure bill make its way out of Washington?

  • Maybe, but in this political climate, it's hard to say. I'll believe it when I see it. 51%, 27 votes
    27 votes 51%
    27 votes - 51% of all votes
  • No way. Just like health care, infrastructure will get stuck in the muck. 42%, 22 votes
    22 votes 42%
    22 votes - 42% of all votes
  • Yes, if there is one thing that will get bipartisan support, it is infrastructure. Three lanes to Castle Rock, here we come! 8%, 4 votes
    4 votes 8%
    4 votes - 8% of all votes
Total Votes: 53
September 20, 2017 - September 27, 2017
Voting is closed

Do you think the governors' health plan addresses concerns about affordability in the health insurance market?

  • Nope. It falls short, just like every federal plan so far. 45%, 21 vote
    21 vote 45%
    21 vote - 45% of all votes
  • It's a start. States will have to get it done since the Feds can't. 23%, 11 votes
    11 votes 23%
    11 votes - 23% of all votes
  • I don't know yet. I need more information. 19%, 9 votes
    9 votes 19%
    9 votes - 19% of all votes
  • Hard to say. It's a lot of responsibility for the states to take on. 13%, 6 votes
    6 votes 13%
    6 votes - 13% of all votes
Total Votes: 47
September 6, 2017 - September 14, 2017
Voting is closed

With the I-25/Cimarron interchange completed, what should be the next top priority for upgrading El Paso County's major thoroughfares?

  • Finish the north end of Powers, connecting to I-25. 53%, 70 votes
    70 votes 53%
    70 votes - 53% of all votes
  • Extra lanes on U.S. 24 west from I-25 to Ute Pass. 32%, 42 votes
    42 votes 32%
    42 votes - 32% of all votes
  • Extra lanes on I-25 south to Fountain. 8%, 10 votes
    10 votes 8%
    10 votes - 8% of all votes
  • Widen Marksheffel Road to handle more north-south traffic. 7%, 9 votes
    9 votes 7%
    9 votes - 7% of all votes
Total Votes: 131
August 30, 2017 - September 6, 2017
Voting is closed

Do you think there's enough emphasis on workforce development in Colorado Springs?

  • No. We need a stronger emphasis on mid-skills jobs training. 66%, 31 vote
    31 vote 66%
    31 vote - 66% of all votes
  • Maybe. But we need to make sure educators know what the business community is looking for. 28%, 13 votes
    13 votes 28%
    13 votes - 28% of all votes
  • Yes. We have enough programs and business support to build the workforce of the future. 6%, 3 votes
    3 votes 6%
    3 votes - 6% of all votes
Total Votes: 47
August 23, 2017 - August 30, 2017
Voting is closed

How concerned are you about opioid/heroin abuse in southern Colorado?

  • Concerned, it's obviously getting worse. 44%, 34 votes
    34 votes 44%
    34 votes - 44% of all votes
  • Terribly concerned. I know families it has affected. 29%, 22 votes
    22 votes 29%
    22 votes - 29% of all votes
  • Not so much. It really hasn't touched me in any way. 21%, 16 votes
    16 votes 21%
    16 votes - 21% of all votes
  • Not at all. This is overblown. 6%, 5 votes
    5 votes 6%
    5 votes - 6% of all votes
Total Votes: 77
August 16, 2017 - August 23, 2017
Voting is closed

How would you vote on a stormwater fee ballot issue for Colorado Springs property owners?

  • Yes, we have to face this issue now. 60%, 107 votes
    107 votes 60%
    107 votes - 60% of all votes
  • No, this isn't the way to solve the problem. 25%, 44 votes
    44 votes 25%
    44 votes - 25% of all votes
  • Unsure, let's see how well city leaders can sell it. 16%, 28 votes
    28 votes 16%
    28 votes - 16% of all votes
Total Votes: 179
August 9, 2017 - August 16, 2017
Voting is closed

Have road work and repairs in Colorado Springs impacted your business?

  • No. There is construction nearby, but it hasn't harmed business. 46%, 38 votes
    38 votes 46%
    38 votes - 46% of all votes
  • Yes, for the worse. Construction is preventing easy access to my business and my numbers are down. 34%, 28 votes
    28 votes 34%
    28 votes - 34% of all votes
  • No. I'm one of the lucky ones and there isn't any construction nearby. 12%, 10 votes
    10 votes 12%
    10 votes - 12% of all votes
  • Yes, for the better. Because of construction, I'm actually getting more traffic to my business. 7%, 6 votes
    6 votes 7%
    6 votes - 7% of all votes
Total Votes: 82
August 2, 2017 - August 9, 2017
Voting is closed

Given the ambitious plans to develop Southwest Downtown, should the city accelerate plans to close Martin Drake Power Plant?

  • Yes, the sooner Drake comes down, the better. It's an eyesore and a public safety issue. 54%, 151 vote
    151 vote 54%
    151 vote - 54% of all votes
  • Let the power plant run its course. There are already plans to close it. 30%, 85 votes
    85 votes 30%
    85 votes - 30% of all votes
  • Not so fast. Utilities needs time to better plan how to supplement that power. 16%, 45 votes
    45 votes 16%
    45 votes - 16% of all votes
Total Votes: 281
July 26, 2017 - August 2, 2017
Voting is closed

Which candidate do you support in the House of Representatives race next year?

  • Someone else, please. 42%, 67 votes
    67 votes 42%
    67 votes - 42% of all votes
  • Darryl Glenn 27%, 44 votes
    44 votes 27%
    44 votes - 27% of all votes
  • Owen Hill 19%, 31 vote
    31 vote 19%
    31 vote - 19% of all votes
  • Doug Lamborn 12%, 19 votes
    19 votes 12%
    19 votes - 12% of all votes
Total Votes: 161
July 19, 2017 - July 26, 2017
Voting is closed

Would you support an increase to the state gas tax to fund transportation projects?

  • Yes, an increase to the gas tax would be better than a sales tax hike. 54%, 55 votes
    55 votes 54%
    55 votes - 54% of all votes
  • No. The rate is high enough. Low taxes is one reason I live here. 36%, 37 votes
    37 votes 36%
    37 votes - 36% of all votes
  • Maybe, but as cars become more efficient, taxes (and roads) may suffer. 10%, 10 votes
    10 votes 10%
    10 votes - 10% of all votes
Total Votes: 102
July 12, 2017 - July 19, 2017
Voting is closed

What do you think of the idea of removing cars from Garden of the Gods?

  • It's a bad idea that will hurt local tourism. 44%, 90 votes
    90 votes 44%
    90 votes - 44% of all votes
  • It's a good idea. Traffic and parking are terrible. 29%, 60 votes
    60 votes 29%
    60 votes - 29% of all votes
  • I don't know, but I support a study to look into the proposal. 27%, 56 votes
    56 votes 27%
    56 votes - 27% of all votes
Total Votes: 206
July 5, 2017 - July 12, 2017
Voting is closed

Which issue is most likely to impact your business this year?

  • Marijuana and finding applicants who can pass a drug test. 43%, 20 votes
    20 votes 43%
    20 votes - 43% of all votes
  • The state minimum wage increase from $8.31/hr to $9.30/hr. 30%, 14 votes
    14 votes 30%
    14 votes - 30% of all votes
  • Proposed changes to employee health care and insurance. 23%, 11 votes
    11 votes 23%
    11 votes - 23% of all votes
  • Department of Labor crackdowns on visa program workers. 4%, 2 votes
    2 votes 4%
    2 votes - 4% of all votes
Total Votes: 47
June 28, 2017 - July 5, 2017
Voting is closed

How has the expanded airline service out of Colorado Springs affected your travel decisions?

  • I'm flying out of COS more now instead of Denver. 39%, 82 votes
    82 votes 39%
    82 votes - 39% of all votes
  • No effect yet, but it will impact upcoming trip plans. 28%, 59 votes
    59 votes 28%
    59 votes - 28% of all votes
  • It's still better to fly out of Denver. 20%, 41 vote
    41 vote 20%
    41 vote - 20% of all votes
  • I always use COS to help the local economy. 13%, 26 votes
    26 votes 13%
    26 votes - 13% of all votes
Total Votes: 208
June 21, 2017 - July 5, 2017
Voting is closed

What do you think about the possibility of a new stormwater fee to raise $17 million a year?

  • It has to be done. Owners of homes and businesses should be responsible for stormwater infrastructure. 51%, 80 votes
    80 votes 51%
    80 votes - 51% of all votes
  • Not a chance. More fees only drive up the cost of living and drive away business. 39%, 62 votes
    62 votes 39%
    62 votes - 39% of all votes
  • Maybe we should do it. But only if there is also a plan to fund public safety measures, such as more police. 10%, 16 votes
    16 votes 10%
    16 votes - 10% of all votes
Total Votes: 158
June 14, 2017 - June 21, 2017
Voting is closed

With the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame breaking ground, how long before southwest downtown is revitalized?

  • 5-10 years. Maintaining momentum will be important, but it will be slow to build. 40%, 74 votes
    74 votes 40%
    74 votes - 40% of all votes
  • Don't blink. Commercial and residential development is right around the corner. 24%, 45 votes
    45 votes 24%
    45 votes - 24% of all votes
  • It's never going to happen because it's the wrong project for Colorado Springs. 22%, 40 votes
    40 votes 22%
    40 votes - 22% of all votes
  • 10 years or more. Developers will want plenty of visitor data before investing in the area. 14%, 25 votes
    25 votes 14%
    25 votes - 14% of all votes
Total Votes: 184
June 7, 2017 - July 5, 2017
Voting is closed

Which event will bring the most tourism dollars this summer?

  • The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (June 25) 34%, 51 vote
    51 vote 34%
    51 vote - 34% of all votes
  • The Colorado Springs Labor Day Liftoff hot air balloon festival (Sept. 2-4) 20%, 29 votes
    29 votes 20%
    29 votes - 20% of all votes
  • The inaugural Colorado Classic cycling race (Aug. 10, Colorado Springs stage) 18%, 26 votes
    26 votes 18%
    26 votes - 18% of all votes
  • The Rocky Mountain State Games (July 21-23 & 28-30) 13%, 19 votes
    19 votes 13%
    19 votes - 13% of all votes
  • The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo (July 12-15) 11%, 16 votes
    16 votes 11%
    16 votes - 11% of all votes
  • The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon (Aug. 19-20) 5%, 7 votes
    7 votes 5%
    7 votes - 5% of all votes
Total Votes: 148
May 31, 2017 - July 5, 2017
Voting is closed

Would you support entertainment districts in the city, where alcohol could be openly carried in public?

  • Yes, if boundaries were defined and businesses were held accountable for their patrons. 58%, 114 votes
    114 votes 58%
    114 votes - 58% of all votes
  • No, this will only lead to public drunkenness and underage consumption. 29%, 57 votes
    57 votes 29%
    57 votes - 29% of all votes
  • Maybe, but only if the model has been a proven benefit to businesses elsewhere. 13%, 26 votes
    26 votes 13%
    26 votes - 13% of all votes
Total Votes: 197
May 24, 2017 - May 31, 2017
Voting is closed

Should Gov. John Hickenlooper call a special session?

  • Yes, there are many things, particularly in transportation, left unfinished. 48%, 40 votes
    40 votes 48%
    40 votes - 48% of all votes
  • No, legislators had 120 days to get things done. There's always next session. 29%, 24 votes
    24 votes 29%
    24 votes - 29% of all votes
  • Maybe, but only if there is a clear path to legislation. Otherwise it's a waste of taxpayer money. 23%, 19 votes
    19 votes 23%
    19 votes - 23% of all votes
Total Votes: 83
May 17, 2017 - May 24, 2017
Voting is closed

Was it wise for Senators Kent Lambert and Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) to vote against the state omnibus bill, which defines the Hospital Provider Fee as an enterprise fund and frees state dollars for transportation and education, among other things?

  • No. The passage is an example of bipartisan cooperation and needed to be done. 52%, 63 votes
    63 votes 52%
    63 votes - 52% of all votes
  • Yes. The bill was an end around to TABOR and the costs will be passed on to taxpayers. 35%, 43 votes
    43 votes 35%
    43 votes - 35% of all votes
  • Maybe. Some of the items in the bill should have been voted on individually. The bill seemed rushed. 13%, 16 votes
    16 votes 13%
    16 votes - 13% of all votes
Total Votes: 122
May 10, 2017 - May 17, 2017
Voting is closed

Tourism season is around the corner. How big will this summer be?

  • The biggest in years. We have more direct flights and the Cimarron/I-25 interchange is nearly done; the perfect welcome for drivers heading to the mountains. 62%, 61 vote
    61 vote 62%
    61 vote - 62% of all votes
  • Don't get excited. While tourism is big industry, it should generate so much more revenue, considering what we have to offer. 19%, 19 votes
    19 votes 19%
    19 votes - 19% of all votes
  • While it should be good, it probably won't beat last summer, which had some of the highest tourism numbers in quite some time. 18%, 18 votes
    18 votes 18%
    18 votes - 18% of all votes
Total Votes: 98
May 3, 2017 - May 10, 2017
Voting is closed

What affect will the U.S. administration's proposed reduction in corporate taxes have on the economy?

  • It will be positive. Reducing the tax burden will mean more, higher-paying jobs and increased business growth. 46%, 58 votes
    58 votes 46%
    58 votes - 46% of all votes
  • It's a bad idea. A reduction in the corporate tax rate will add trillions to the deficit over the long haul. 44%, 56 votes
    56 votes 44%
    56 votes - 44% of all votes
  • Business owners are likely to see an increase in revenues, but regulations will still stifle job growth. 10%, 12 votes
    12 votes 10%
    12 votes - 10% of all votes
Total Votes: 126
April 26, 2017 - May 3, 2017
Voting is closed

Should the new city council revisit the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana?

  • Yes, Colorado Springs is missing out on millions in tax revenue. 47%, 141 vote
    141 vote 47%
    141 vote - 47% of all votes
  • Let them go to Manitou, the military and Olympic affiliations are too important to tarnish. 39%, 117 votes
    117 votes 39%
    117 votes - 39% of all votes
  • Maybe, but there should be a limit to the number of stores within the city. 13%, 39 votes
    39 votes 13%
    39 votes - 13% of all votes
Total Votes: 297
April 19, 2017 - April 26, 2017
Voting is closed

What's your view of City for Champions at this point?

  • C4C hasn't been worth the actual and political expense. 39%, 69 votes
    69 votes 39%
    69 votes - 39% of all votes
  • Still hoping for a downtown project to combine with the Olympic Museum. 31%, 55 votes
    55 votes 31%
    55 votes - 31% of all votes
  • Three out of four projects is still a success. 25%, 44 votes
    44 votes 25%
    44 votes - 25% of all votes
  • Nothing else matters as long as the Olympic Museum is built. 5%, 9 votes
    9 votes 5%
    9 votes - 5% of all votes
Total Votes: 177
April 12, 2017 - April 19, 2017
Voting is closed

What is your takeaway of the campaigning leading up to the city election?

  • The tone was negative. We don't need "dark money" or ideology in local elections. 66%, 77 votes
    77 votes 66%
    77 votes - 66% of all votes
  • Compared to the tenor of the national election, the city election was pretty tame. 31%, 36 votes
    36 votes 31%
    36 votes - 31% of all votes
  • All's fair in love and politics. While some campaigning was negative, that is the new norm. 3%, 4 votes
    4 votes 3%
    4 votes - 3% of all votes
Total Votes: 117
April 5, 2017 - April 12, 2017
Voting is closed

Once city elections are over, what should the new city council tackle first?

  • Stormwater 43%, 71 vote
    71 vote 43%
    71 vote - 43% of all votes
  • Transportation 30%, 50 votes
    50 votes 30%
    50 votes - 30% of all votes
  • North Nevada development 15%, 24 votes
    24 votes 15%
    24 votes - 15% of all votes
  • Marijuana legislation 12%, 19 votes
    19 votes 12%
    19 votes - 12% of all votes
Total Votes: 164
March 29, 2017 - April 5, 2017
Voting is closed

What's the most important issue left for the General Assembly this session?

  • Transportation funding 58%, 55 votes
    55 votes 58%
    55 votes - 58% of all votes
  • Building defects legislation 16%, 15 votes
    15 votes 16%
    15 votes - 16% of all votes
  • Hospital Provider Fee 15%, 14 votes
    14 votes 15%
    14 votes - 15% of all votes
  • Other 12%, 11 votes
    11 votes 12%
    11 votes - 12% of all votes
Total Votes: 95
March 22, 2017 - March 29, 2017
Voting is closed

With added nonstop service, are you more likely to fly out of Colorado Springs?

  • Yes. Prices are falling and the convenience of flying out of COS trumps competitive fares out of DIA. 60%, 162 votes
    162 votes 60%
    162 votes - 60% of all votes
  • Maybe. Fares have fallen and options have increased, but DIA still offers way more flights and often at a lower price. 29%, 79 votes
    79 votes 29%
    79 votes - 29% of all votes
  • No. Fares are still too high and free parking promotions will not make up the difference. 11%, 31 vote
    31 vote 11%
    31 vote - 11% of all votes
Total Votes: 272
March 15, 2017 - March 22, 2017
Voting is closed

Do you feel, with new housing and commercial developments, that downtown is moving in the right direction?

  • Yes, creating places to live and recreate downtown will enhance the city's image. 73%, 97 votes
    97 votes 73%
    97 votes - 73% of all votes
  • Maybe, but downtown could use more affordable housing and entertainment and fewer restaurants and retail. 17%, 22 votes
    22 votes 17%
    22 votes - 17% of all votes
  • No, funding is still short for the Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame and we'll never see a downtown stadium. 10%, 13 votes
    13 votes 10%
    13 votes - 10% of all votes
Total Votes: 132
March 8, 2017 - March 15, 2017
Voting is closed

What do you think about the affordable housing situation in Colorado Springs?

  • It’s fine. the local housing market is responding to pent-up demand, and the market will adjust. 41%, 97 votes
    97 votes 41%
    97 votes - 41% of all votes
  • It's dire. If more affordable housing isn’t created soon, lower to middle-income workers won’t be able to live in El Paso County. 35%, 82 votes
    82 votes 35%
    82 votes - 35% of all votes
  • Somewhat concerning. While affordable housing is hard to come by, there are new options in the works. 24%, 56 votes
    56 votes 24%
    56 votes - 24% of all votes
Total Votes: 235
March 1, 2017 - March 8, 2017
Voting is closed

Two months into 2017, how do you feel about the course of the local economy?

  • Positive - Unemployment is down and fewer regulations under a new presidential administration will be good for business. 44%, 61 vote
    61 vote 44%
    61 vote - 44% of all votes
  • Fair - It's too early to tell whether regulatory changes will happen and, despite low unemployment, the employment participation rate has continued to fall. 41%, 57 votes
    57 votes 41%
    57 votes - 41% of all votes
  • Pessimistic - Minimum wage laws and health care burdens, along with uncertainty at The Capitol, will negatively impact business. 16%, 22 votes
    22 votes 16%
    22 votes - 16% of all votes
Total Votes: 140
February 22, 2017 - February 28, 2017
Voting is closed

Would you support a sales tax to fund stormwater projects?

  • Yes, it's a public safety issue and the right thing to do for our neighbors. 42%, 70 votes
    70 votes 42%
    70 votes - 42% of all votes
  • No, other avenues should be explored before resorting to a tax. 35%, 59 votes
    59 votes 35%
    59 votes - 35% of all votes
  • Maybe, if the tax had a sunset once projects were completed. 23%, 39 votes
    39 votes 23%
    39 votes - 23% of all votes
Total Votes: 168
February 15, 2017 - February 22, 2017
Voting is closed

What workforce skills need further development in the region?

  • Written and verbal communication skills 30%, 36 votes
    36 votes 30%
    36 votes - 30% of all votes
  • Advanced manfacturing 25%, 30 votes
    30 votes 25%
    30 votes - 25% of all votes
  • Construction 17%, 21 vote
    21 vote 17%
    21 vote - 17% of all votes
  • Computer software and coding skills 17%, 20 votes
    20 votes 17%
    20 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Cybersecurity 12%, 14 votes
    14 votes 12%
    14 votes - 12% of all votes
Total Votes: 121
February 8, 2017 - February 15, 2017
Voting is closed

Will the executive order prohibiting travel from seven foreign countries harm businesses?

  • Yes, businesses operate in a global economy, so it will harm the economy. 44%, 93 votes
    93 votes 44%
    93 votes - 44% of all votes
  • No, it's vital to national security. 41%, 86 votes
    86 votes 41%
    86 votes - 41% of all votes
  • Maybe, but only multinational corporations with offices around the globe. 16%, 33 votes
    33 votes 16%
    33 votes - 16% of all votes
Total Votes: 212
February 1, 2017 - February 8, 2017
Voting is closed

Do you support a trolley system from UCCS to downtown Colorado Springs?

  • Yes. It's a great economic development tool. 56%, 137 votes
    137 votes 56%
    137 votes - 56% of all votes
  • Maybe. If there is a sustainable funding source that doesn't include higher taxes. 28%, 68 votes
    68 votes 28%
    68 votes - 28% of all votes
  • No. It will add to street congestion. 16%, 38 votes
    38 votes 16%
    38 votes - 16% of all votes
Total Votes: 243
January 25, 2017 - February 1, 2017
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Do you support additional funding for more city police officers?

  • Yes. As the city grows, we'll need to spend more on public safety. 63%, 130 votes
    130 votes 63%
    130 votes - 63% of all votes
  • Maybe, but we first need to figure out stormwater infrastructure payments. 22%, 45 votes
    45 votes 22%
    45 votes - 22% of all votes
  • No, we need to better manage city revenue. 15%, 32 votes
    32 votes 15%
    32 votes - 15% of all votes
Total Votes: 207
January 18, 2017 - January 25, 2017
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How should the General Assembly fund $3.5 billion in transportation improvements?

  • By moving the hospital provider fee to an enterprise fund, removing constitutionally mandated revenue caps 48%, 40 votes
    40 votes 48%
    40 votes - 48% of all votes
  • Through issuing government bonds 39%, 33 votes
    33 votes 39%
    33 votes - 39% of all votes
  • Creating more toll roads 13%, 11 votes
    11 votes 13%
    11 votes - 13% of all votes
Total Votes: 84
January 11, 2017 - January 18, 2017
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How will the minimum wage increase — up 90 cents as of Jan. 1 — affect your business?

  • No change at all. 49%, 67 votes
    67 votes 49%
    67 votes - 49% of all votes
  • I plan to cut staff to maintain my budget. 34%, 47 votes
    47 votes 34%
    47 votes - 34% of all votes
  • I plan to cut hours for part-time workers. 17%, 23 votes
    23 votes 17%
    23 votes - 17% of all votes
Total Votes: 137
January 4, 2017 - January 11, 2017
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How should the city fund stormwater infrastructure operations and maintenance?

  • An impervious-cover fee charged to developments and homeowners 55%, 41 vote
    41 vote 55%
    41 vote - 55% of all votes
  • An additional property tax 26%, 19 votes
    19 votes 26%
    19 votes - 26% of all votes
  • An additional sales tax 19%, 14 votes
    14 votes 19%
    14 votes - 19% of all votes
Total Votes: 74
December 28, 2016 - January 4, 2017
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What should the Colorado General Assembly tackle next year?

  • Widening I-25 between Castle Rock and Monument. 72%, 87 votes
    87 votes 72%
    87 votes - 72% of all votes
  • TABOR revenue adjustments 17%, 20 votes
    20 votes 17%
    20 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Moving the hospital provider fee to an enterprise fund. 12%, 14 votes
    14 votes 12%
    14 votes - 12% of all votes
Total Votes: 121
December 21, 2016 - December 28, 2016
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What is the greatest threat to Colorado's small businesses in 2017?

  • Uncertainty regarding the Affordable Care Act. 46%, 48 votes
    48 votes 46%
    48 votes - 46% of all votes
  • A law to raise the minimum wage to $9.30 beginning Jan. 1. 38%, 40 votes
    40 votes 38%
    40 votes - 38% of all votes
  • The possibility of new overtime pay eligibility for those making less than $47,476 annually. 15%, 16 votes
    16 votes 15%
    16 votes - 15% of all votes
Total Votes: 104
December 13, 2016 - December 21, 2016
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What was the biggest economic development news in Colorado Springs in 2016?

  • Opening of Catalyst Campus 37%, 92 votes
    92 votes 37%
    92 votes - 37% of all votes
  • Increased flights from the Colorado Springs Airport 35%, 86 votes
    86 votes 35%
    86 votes - 35% of all votes
  • Announcement of the National Cybersecurity Center 28%, 70 votes
    70 votes 28%
    70 votes - 28% of all votes
Total Votes: 248
December 7, 2016 - December 15, 2016
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Would you support efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act?

  • No. It's too much a part of the national health care industry to remove it without causing more costs. 40%, 82 votes
    82 votes 40%
    82 votes - 40% of all votes
  • Yes. But only parts of it. Congress should keep the provisions that require companies to cover pre-existing conditions. 31%, 62 votes
    62 votes 31%
    62 votes - 31% of all votes
  • Yes. ObamaCare has been an expensive drain on business and should be completely repealed. 29%, 59 votes
    59 votes 29%
    59 votes - 29% of all votes
Total Votes: 203
November 30, 2016 - December 7, 2016
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What should be the main business priority in 2017?

  • Widening I-25 between Castle Rock and Monument. 56%, 84 votes
    84 votes 56%
    84 votes - 56% of all votes
  • Creating more affordable housing solutions. 21%, 31 vote
    31 vote 21%
    31 vote - 21% of all votes
  • Finding compassionate solutions to address the city's homeless population. 15%, 22 votes
    22 votes 15%
    22 votes - 15% of all votes
  • Figuring out a way to settle the EPA's stormwater lawsuit. 8%, 12 votes
    12 votes 8%
    12 votes - 8% of all votes
Total Votes: 149
November 21, 2016 - November 30, 2016
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How will you support the National Cybersecurity Center?

  • I don't know. 40%, 17 votes
    17 votes 40%
    17 votes - 40% of all votes
  • I plan on attending events and using its services. 33%, 14 votes
    14 votes 33%
    14 votes - 33% of all votes
  • I'm uncertain my skills are a good fit. 19%, 8 votes
    8 votes 19%
    8 votes - 19% of all votes
  • I will donate money and/or make in-kind donations. 7%, 3 votes
    3 votes 7%
    3 votes - 7% of all votes
Total Votes: 42
November 16, 2016 - November 21, 2016
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How will a Trump presidency affect the business climate?

  • His policies will be good for job growth. 43%, 86 votes
    86 votes 43%
    86 votes - 43% of all votes
  • Too soon to tell — we'll need more details about his plans. 42%, 85 votes
    85 votes 42%
    85 votes - 42% of all votes
  • The president has little control over the economy and markets. 15%, 31 vote
    31 vote 15%
    31 vote - 15% of all votes
Total Votes: 202
November 9, 2016 - September 8, 2017
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Are you more likely to shop at a business that provides a social impact?

  • Yes. I like to shop at businesses that are engaged in the community. 36%, 50 votes
    50 votes 36%
    50 votes - 36% of all votes
  • Maybe. It depends on the business and its goals. 36%, 50 votes
    50 votes 36%
    50 votes - 36% of all votes
  • No. I'm only interested in the quality of products and pricing. 27%, 37 votes
    37 votes 27%
    37 votes - 27% of all votes
Total Votes: 137
November 2, 2016 - November 9, 2016
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What is the biggest challenge companies face in today's business climate?

  • Workforce development 35%, 27 votes
    27 votes 35%
    27 votes - 35% of all votes
  • Regulation 28%, 22 votes
    22 votes 28%
    22 votes - 28% of all votes
  • Uncertainty in government at local, state and national levels 15%, 12 votes
    12 votes 15%
    12 votes - 15% of all votes
  • Increased competition 9%, 7 votes
    7 votes 9%
    7 votes - 9% of all votes
  • Financial resources - cash on hand, borrowing, resource management 8%, 6 votes
    6 votes 8%
    6 votes - 8% of all votes
  • Risk Management 5%, 4 votes
    4 votes 5%
    4 votes - 5% of all votes
Total Votes: 78
October 26, 2016 - November 2, 2016
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What's the most pressing economic development issue facing the Springs?

  • Widening Interstate 25 between Monument and Castle Rock. 50%, 127 votes
    127 votes 50%
    127 votes - 50% of all votes
  • Addressing the homeless issue. 29%, 73 votes
    73 votes 29%
    73 votes - 29% of all votes
  • Getting the National Cybersecurity Center fully operational. 14%, 36 votes
    36 votes 14%
    36 votes - 14% of all votes
  • Building the United States Olympic Museum and the Pikes Peak Summit House. 7%, 17 votes
    17 votes 7%
    17 votes - 7% of all votes
Total Votes: 253
October 19, 2016 - October 26, 2016
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Who do you think will win the presidency?

  • Hillary Clinton 57%, 206 votes
    206 votes 57%
    206 votes - 57% of all votes
  • Donald Trump 36%, 129 votes
    129 votes 36%
    129 votes - 36% of all votes
  • Gary Johnson 6%, 21 vote
    21 vote 6%
    21 vote - 6% of all votes
  • Jill Stein 1%, 4 votes
    4 votes 1%
    4 votes - 1% of all votes
Total Votes: 360
October 12, 2016 - October 19, 2016
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Should expanding Interstate 25 between Monument and Castle Rock be the main priority for local and state transportation officials?

  • Yes. The traffic delays on I-25 are causing extra stress on county roads as people seek alternative routes from Denver to Colorado Springs. 81%, 199 votes
    199 votes 81%
    199 votes - 81% of all votes
  • Maybe. But the state needs to find the money without raising taxes. 11%, 27 votes
    27 votes 11%
    27 votes - 11% of all votes
  • No. There are other priorities that are more important. 9%, 21 vote
    21 vote 9%
    21 vote - 9% of all votes
Total Votes: 247
October 5, 2016 - October 12, 2016
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What’s your confidence level about the local and state economy for the next year?

  • Fearful. All bets could be off if the national election impacts the stock market. 38%, 32 votes
    32 votes 38%
    32 votes - 38% of all votes
  • Mixed. Colorado Springs seems to be doing better than the state overall. 32%, 27 votes
    27 votes 32%
    27 votes - 32% of all votes
  • High. We’re obviously on a good roll that should continue. 31%, 26 votes
    26 votes 31%
    26 votes - 31% of all votes
Total Votes: 85
September 28, 2016 - October 5, 2016
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Do you support full-time pay for members of the Colorado Springs City Council?

  • Yes. Full-time work deserves full-time salaries, and voters would have more candidates to choose from. 52%, 97 votes
    97 votes 52%
    97 votes - 52% of all votes
  • Maybe. It depends on how much the city wants to pay them. 27%, 50 votes
    50 votes 27%
    50 votes - 27% of all votes
  • No. People should be willing to volunteer and the city can't afford to pay full-time salaries. 21%, 40 votes
    40 votes 21%
    40 votes - 21% of all votes
Total Votes: 187
September 21, 2016 - September 28, 2016
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Do you think the Springs military is at risk for a base realignment and closure?

  • Maybe. The region needs to promote itself with the DoD to make sure it doesn't happen. 34%, 47 votes
    47 votes 34%
    47 votes - 34% of all votes
  • Yes. Legalization of marijuana and lack of training space makes Fort Carson vulnerable. 33%, 46 votes
    46 votes 33%
    46 votes - 33% of all votes
  • No. There's currently no appetite in Congress for BRAC. 33%, 45 votes
    45 votes 33%
    45 votes - 33% of all votes
Total Votes: 138
September 14, 2016 - September 21, 2016
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Is housing getting too expensive in Colorado Springs?

  • Yes. People are stuck with rising rentals because they can't find homes in their price range. 49%, 83 votes
    83 votes 49%
    83 votes - 49% of all votes
  • No. Higher prices are a sign of a good economy. 29%, 48 votes
    48 votes 29%
    48 votes - 29% of all votes
  • Maybe. If prices continue to increase at this rate, we'll need to build more affordable houses. 22%, 37 votes
    37 votes 22%
    37 votes - 22% of all votes
Total Votes: 168
September 7, 2016 - September 14, 2016
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What do you think of the Colorado College/Fine Arts Center merger?

  • It depends on whether Colorado College allows the FAC to continue offering the right mix of exhibits and events. 45%, 45 votes
    45 votes 45%
    45 votes - 45% of all votes
  • It's a great idea for both institutions. 41%, 41 vote
    41 vote 41%
    41 vote - 41% of all votes
  • It's a terrible idea, and will negatively affect the city's arts community by limiting options. 14%, 14 votes
    14 votes 14%
    14 votes - 14% of all votes
Total Votes: 100
August 31, 2016 - September 7, 2016
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Do you think wages need to improve in Colorado Springs?

  • Yes. Flat wages are causing Millennials to look elsewhere for jobs. 62%, 104 votes
    104 votes 62%
    104 votes - 62% of all votes
  • No. Businesses pay the prevailing market wage and what they can afford. 23%, 38 votes
    38 votes 23%
    38 votes - 23% of all votes
  • Maybe. But that will change as the unemployment rate continues to drop. 15%, 26 votes
    26 votes 15%
    26 votes - 15% of all votes
Total Votes: 168
August 24, 2016 - September 8, 2017
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Do you support Amendment 69 that will levy payroll taxes to create a state-run health agency?

  • No. It's too expensive and too much of a burden on business. 68%, 121 vote
    121 vote 68%
    121 vote - 68% of all votes
  • Yes. The amount in payroll taxes is less than what people pay out of pocket for insurance now. 21%, 38 votes
    38 votes 21%
    38 votes - 21% of all votes
  • Maybe. It's so complicated, I need more information. 10%, 18 votes
    18 votes 10%
    18 votes - 10% of all votes
Total Votes: 177
August 17, 2016 - August 24, 2016
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How soon do you think Colorado Springs should push the state harder for train service to Denver and Pueblo?

  • Immediately. Better transportation options are vital to economic development. 78%, 125 votes
    125 votes 78%
    125 votes - 78% of all votes
  • Never. The city should focus on lobbying to improve Interstate 25. 13%, 21 vote
    21 vote 13%
    21 vote - 13% of all votes
  • Soon — but there are other funding priorities. 9%, 14 votes
    14 votes 9%
    14 votes - 9% of all votes
Total Votes: 160
August 11, 2016 - August 17, 2016
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Do you consider a business's social mission when deciding where to shop?

  • No. I shop based on what I like and where the prices are affordable. 39%, 40 votes
    40 votes 39%
    40 votes - 39% of all votes
  • Sometimes. I try to shop with a social conscience, but I also look for convenience. 33%, 34 votes
    34 votes 33%
    34 votes - 33% of all votes
  • Yes. It's important that businesses are sustainable and have a social impact. 28%, 29 votes
    29 votes 28%
    29 votes - 28% of all votes
Total Votes: 103
August 3, 2016 - August 10, 2016
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How important are the Olympic Summer Games to the Colorado Springs economy?

  • Very important. As Olympic City USA, tourists come to the Springs because of our Olympic presence. 38%, 31 vote
    31 vote 38%
    31 vote - 38% of all votes
  • Somewhat important. The Games themselves don't provide much in the way of local tourism or other economic boosts. 34%, 28 votes
    28 votes 34%
    28 votes - 34% of all votes
  • Not important. The Games don't help or hurt the Springs economy. 28%, 23 votes
    23 votes 28%
    23 votes - 28% of all votes
Total Votes: 82
July 27, 2016 - August 3, 2016
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Should Colorado Springs Utilities continue negotiations with The Broadmoor to sell water rights to the Rosemont Reservoir?

  • No. Since water is a limited resource, negotiations shouldn’t be done in secret. 54%, 38 votes
    38 votes 54%
    38 votes - 54% of all votes
  • Yes. CSU should continue to work to get a mutually beneficial agreement for the city and a premier business, The Broadmoor. 25%, 18 votes
    18 votes 25%
    18 votes - 25% of all votes
  • Maybe. But negotiations should be made public to make sure the deal is as transparent as possible. 21%, 15 votes
    15 votes 21%
    15 votes - 21% of all votes
Total Votes: 71
July 20, 2016 - July 27, 2016
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Do you think uncertainty about the Rio Summer Games has affected the future of the local Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame?

  • No. The Olympics are an enduring brand, no matter what happens in Rio. 69%, 38 votes
    38 votes 69%
    38 votes - 69% of all votes
  • Yes. Fundraising depends on success of the Rio Games. 31%, 17 votes
    17 votes 31%
    17 votes - 31% of all votes
Total Votes: 55
July 13, 2016 - July 21, 2016
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Do you agree with city council's decision to retain control of Colorado Springs Utilities?

  • Yes. City Council has already been elected by the voters and has done a fine job governing CSU. 33%, 18 votes
    18 votes 33%
    18 votes - 33% of all votes
  • No. An elected board is the way to govern CSU. 33%, 18 votes
    18 votes 33%
    18 votes - 33% of all votes
  • No. I support a board appointed by City Council and the Mayor. 33%, 18 votes
    18 votes 33%
    18 votes - 33% of all votes
Total Votes: 54
July 6, 2016 - July 13, 2016
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Do you support raising the state's minimum wage to $12 by 2020?

  • No. Businesses can't afford to pay workers more money. 61%, 50 votes
    50 votes 61%
    50 votes - 61% of all votes
  • Yes. Wages have been stagnant for too long. 39%, 32 votes
    32 votes 39%
    32 votes - 39% of all votes
Total Votes: 82
June 29, 2016 - July 6, 2016
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Are you concerned that a Trump presidency would affect the economy?

  • Yes. His ideas will create another recession. 45%, 49 votes
    49 votes 45%
    49 votes - 45% of all votes
  • No. He's a business owner. He'll do what's best for business. 28%, 30 votes
    30 votes 28%
    30 votes - 28% of all votes
  • Maybe, but the president has less control over the economy than most people think. 27%, 29 votes
    29 votes 27%
    29 votes - 27% of all votes
Total Votes: 108
June 22, 2016 - June 29, 2016
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Who do you want to be Colorado's next governor

  • John Suthers 45%, 26 votes
    26 votes 45%
    26 votes - 45% of all votes
  • Ken Salazar 45%, 26 votes
    26 votes 45%
    26 votes - 45% of all votes
  • Wayne Williams 9%, 5 votes
    5 votes 9%
    5 votes - 9% of all votes
  • Sallie Clark 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
Total Votes: 58
June 15, 2016 - June 22, 2016
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Do you support the Raise the Bar campaign to make it more difficult to change the state constitution?

  • Yes. The constitution should only be a guiding document, not a place for rules that are better codified in law. 63%, 26 votes
    26 votes 63%
    26 votes - 63% of all votes
  • Maybe. But I'm not sure we need both more geographical representation AND a supermajority of the vote. 20%, 8 votes
    8 votes 20%
    8 votes - 20% of all votes
  • No. The people need to be able to amend the constitution to prevent special interest groups from wielding too much influence. 17%, 7 votes
    7 votes 17%
    7 votes - 17% of all votes
Total Votes: 41
June 8, 2016 - June 15, 2016
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What’s your level of concern about rising house prices in Colorado Springs?

  • None. Higher home prices is good for the real estate market and highlights a recovering economy. 38%, 21 vote
    21 vote 38%
    21 vote - 38% of all votes
  • High. Home ownership is out of reach for most Millennials. 31%, 17 votes
    17 votes 31%
    17 votes - 31% of all votes
  • Slight. If prices continue to rise dramatically, then there’s a need for concern. 31%, 17 votes
    17 votes 31%
    17 votes - 31% of all votes
Total Votes: 55
June 1, 2016 - June 8, 2016
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Should opponents to the Broadmoor land swap accept Council’s decision?

  • No. They should sue the city for agreeing to exchange open parkland. 49%, 88 votes
    88 votes 49%
    88 votes - 49% of all votes
  • Yes. The land swap is a good deal for the city and the Broadmoor — and the Broadmoor has to provide a conservation easement to protect the property. 39%, 69 votes
    69 votes 39%
    69 votes - 39% of all votes
  • Maybe. But only after they explore obtaining signatures to put it to a public vote. 12%, 22 votes
    22 votes 12%
    22 votes - 12% of all votes
Total Votes: 179
May 25, 2016 - June 1, 2016
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Do you think the presidential race is affecting the local business climate?

  • Yes. Uncertainty is dampening optimism for continued growth. 43%, 15 votes
    15 votes 43%
    15 votes - 43% of all votes
  • No. What happens in the election doesn’t change development in the Springs. 34%, 12 votes
    12 votes 34%
    12 votes - 34% of all votes
  • Maybe. But uncertainty is more about the Congressional and state legislature > elections than the presidency. 23%, 8 votes
    8 votes 23%
    8 votes - 23% of all votes
Total Votes: 35
May 18, 2016 - May 25, 2016
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Did the General Assembly act in the best interest of businesses this session?

  • No. It failed to pass transportation funding and didn't create an enterprise fund for the hospital provider fee. 61%, 42 votes
    42 votes 61%
    42 votes - 61% of all votes
  • Maybe. Sometimes less action from the state government is better for business. 23%, 16 votes
    16 votes 23%
    16 votes - 23% of all votes
  • Yes. The decision to create a task force to examine the effects of construct defects lawsuits on affordable housing is a step in the right direction. 16%, 11 votes
    11 votes 16%
    11 votes - 16% of all votes
Total Votes: 69
May 11, 2016 - May 23, 2016
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