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January 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Voter concern drops for state budget, spending; economy still top priority

Elway poll

Poll by Stuart Elway

A new poll by Stuart Elway found that voter concern about the state budget and spending has dropped to its lowest level since the Great Recession hit.

As it has since 2009, the economy remained the top priority for voters.

The survey of 408 registered voters last week found that only 17 percent cited the state budget and spending as the most important issue for the state Legislature. That compares 42 percent of voters polled in 2012. The poll has a 5 percent margin of error, plus or minus.

“These findings suggest a somewhat diminished passion for spending and tax cuts,” Elway wrote in his report. It found that 14 percent were concerned about taxes, but that level has changed little over the years.

When asked about the Republican-led majority that took control of the state Senate last year with the help of two Democrats, 46 percent thought the coalition made it more likely the Legislature would make progress on the issues they care about. About 39 percent thought progress was less likely and 15 percent had no opinion.

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