September 25, 2014

Voters are also more likely to vote for a candidate who will restrict “corporate inversions” and strongly oppose Burger King inversion

WASHINGTONA new poll of likely Colorado voters reveals that they are more concerned about tax fairness than a variety of other major issues currently being debated in the U.S. Senate race between U.S. Senator Mark Udall and U.S. Representative Cory Gardner. The poll of 652 likely voters was conducted by Public Policy Polling for ProgressNow Colorado and Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund (ATFAF).

The survey reveals that Colorado voters strongly oppose corporate inversions, an accelerating trend in which American corporations renounce their U.S. “citizenship” in order to avoid paying their fair share of federal taxes. Voters specifically disagree with Burger King’s recently announced plans to become a Canadian company.

The poll shows that by an overwhelming five-to-one margin, 79% to 15%, Colorado voters are more likely to vote for “a candidate who wants to close tax loopholes and use that money to create jobs by improving our roads, bridges and schools.” Wide majorities of Democrats (91%), Republicans (56%) and independents (73%) support this position.

This result is approximately the same as that for the top non-tax issue tested in the poll – 80% said they are more likely to vote for “a candidate who wants to take on the government and defend our privacy to be left alone.” And the result exceeded every other non-tax issue tested. For example, fewer Coloradans, 74%, said they would be more likely to support “a candidate who supports Colorado’s green energy industry and natural gas industry.” Other non-tax issues lagged much further behind the top tax issues.

The poll found that by almost a four-to-one margin, 73% to 19%, voters say they are more likely to vote for a “candidate who wants to close loopholes to make sure millionaires do not pay a lower tax rate than the middle class.” This result even exceeds the 66% who said they would be more likely to support “a candidate who wants to protect a woman’s right to choose and protect access to birth control.” 53% of voters also said that they would be less likely to vote for “a candidate who voted to shut down the government in Washington.”

The poll also found that by a more than two-to-one margin,  64% to 27%, voters feel “the issue of closing tax loopholes so the rich and corporations pay their fair share” was important when choosing their U.S. senator, with 49% saying it is very important.

Colorado voters also expressed strong opposition to “corporate inversions.” By more than a three-to-one margin, 70% to 23%, Colorado voters disapproved of “tax inversions, a practice where an American company becomes a subsidiary of another company in a foreign country for the purpose of reducing its taxes.” (A recent nationwide poll found a similar result.)

Colorado voters strongly oppose Burger King’s plan to abandon the United States – on paper – for Canada. By a margin of more than two-to-one, 69% to 26%, they oppose Burger King’s plans to “change its corporate address to Canada from the United States to reduce what it pays in taxes.”

“Coloradans from all backgrounds prefer a Senate candidate who supports closing corporate tax loopholes and ending tax breaks for the wealthy,” said Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling. “The tax fairness agenda is supported by Colorado voters more than most other top issues emphasized by the Senate candidates.  That suggests that a candidate who supports tax fairness issues could get an edge in this race.”

“When you look at the strength of these numbers, it’s hard to understand why the candidates don’t focus more on tax issues,” said Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund. “Colorado families clearly want a fairer tax system and they are more likely to choose a candidate for the U.S. Senate who will fight for it.”

“The results of this poll show that, yet again, Mark Udall falls squarely on the side of the majority of Coloradans when it comes to the issue of corporations paying their fair share,” said Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director of ProgressNow Colorado. “Cory Gardner, on the other hand, has voted time and again to give tax breaks to big business and against the best interests of everyday people in our state.”

ProgressNow Colorado is Colorado’s largest online multi-issue advocacy and education organization. ProgressNow Colorado is a 501(c)(4) organization that serves to build and empower a permanent progressive majority, challenge and correct right-wing misinformation, and hold public leaders acceptable. 

Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund is a project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, which is organized under 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. It should not be confused with Americans for Tax Fairness, a project of the New Venture Fund, organized under 501(c)(3) of the IRC. The 425 organizations that comprise Americans for Tax Fairness operate separately from the activities of Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund.


ProgressNow Colorado
Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director
(303) 870-0448
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Public Policy Polling
Tom Jensen, Director
(919) 744-6312
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Americans for Tax Fairness
Harry Gural, Communications Director
(202) 527-2280
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