Colorado February Issues Voter Opinion Survey, Public Release 1 of 2

Survey Overview:

Magellan Strategies are pleased to present the topline results of an online survey of 769 Colorado registered voters. The interviews were conducted from February 9th to 17th, 2021. This survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.53% at the 95 percent confidence interval. The survey data were weighted to be representative of the demographics of the registered voter population in Colorado. This survey is a Magellan Strategies project and was not funded by any individual, company, or organization.  

Survey Objectives:

The objectives of this survey were to measure and understand Colorado voter opinion regarding the seven topics listed below. This survey release covers the first four points. We will release the findings of the final three points in about a week. 

  • The most critical issues and problems voters want to be addressed.
  • Intentions to take the coronavirus vaccine.
  • The impacts of coronavirus on Coloradan’s mental health.
  • Job approval of government’s handling of the coronavirus.
  • Trust in government to address America’s most important issues.
  • Favorability ratings of democracy, socialism, capitalism, and stock markets.
  • Government regulation and oversight of social media companies.

Key Findings:

  • The top issues 75% of Coloradans want addressed the most are creating jobs and improving the economy (24%), the vaccination rollout (20%), the coronavirus (17%), and opening up businesses (16%). However, there are significant differences by generation and party affiliation.
  • Among Unaffiliated voters, there is an even balance of issue priorities, with 41% saying vaccination roll out (24%) or addressing the coronavirus (17%) are their top issues and a separate 40% saying jobs and economy (22%) or opening up business (18%) are the top priority.
  • Democrats and Republicans have substantial differences of opinion regarding issue priorities. Seven out of ten Democrats say the vaccination rollout (36%) or addressing the coronavirus (35%) are the top issues. Among Republican respondents, 58% say job and the economy (31%) or opening up business (27%) are the top priorities.
  • Voter subgroups that are concerned the most about being infected with the coronavirus include women voters (68% very or somewhat concerned), single women (77%), African Americans (73%), individuals with a household income of $30K or less (70%), men living in an urban area (72%) and Democratic voters (89%). In contrast, among Republican voters, a whopping 67% say they are either not too concerned (27%) or not concerned at all (40%) about being infected.
  • The negative impact of the coronavirus on mental health continues to be significant among two-thirds of Coloradans, with 23% saying it has had a very negative impact and 43% a somewhat negative impact.
  • Among respondents who have not yet been vaccinated, 55% intend to get vaccinated when it becomes available to them, 34% do not, and 9% were undecided. Voter subgroups have high percentages of people not planning on getting vaccinated include Republicans (57%), Trump voters (64%), Hispanic women (51%), and voters in El Paso County (53%).
  • Slight majorities of voters approve of the job the Biden Administration (53%), Governor Polis (56%), county governments (52%), and local governments (51%) are doing handling the coronavirus.


We encourage interested parties to go deeper into the data and download the survey deliverables which are linked at the top of this page.

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