All in Denver - 2018 Housing Survey Results

In 2017, All In Denver commissioned a survey of Denver voters that showed affordable housing is a top-of-mind concern, and that voters were willing to step up with more local funding to address the challenge. 

One year later, All In Denver’s updated housing survey shows even more resolve, and a call to action.

The survey results show that voters rank affordable housing as the top local issue that they want to see addressed by Mayor Hancock and Denver City Council:

  • 35% identified affordable housing as their number one issue, a 5% increase from last year’s survey.

  • Education, which ranked at the top of the list in the 2017 survey, ranked second at 31%, followed by homelessness at 24% and the cost of living at 21%.  

  • 96% agreed that homelessness is a serious problem in Denver.

  • 94% agreed the lack of affordability in Denver home purchase and rents is a serious problem.

  • 66% agreed that Denver's elected officials are not taking enough action to make housing more affordable and address homelessness.

The survey also gauged voter support for potential new funding to support strategic investments in affordable housing:

  • 68% supported a proposal that would allow the City & County of Denver to issue a $116 million housing bond backed by a property tax increase of one-half mill (about $16 per year increase for the owner of a median-priced home in Denver)

  • 64% supported an increase of one full mill ($32 increase per year) for a $232 million housing bond.  

  • Nearly three-out-of-four (73 percent) of survey respondents supported a proposal to increase Denver’s local sales tax by one-tenth of a percent (or one penny on $10 purchase) to finance a housing bond of approximately $200 million. 

The research project was sponsored by All In Denver, Close to Home, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Del Norte Community Development Corporation, Denver Foundation, Gates Family Foundation, Gorman & Company, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, and the Urban Land Conservancy.  The poll was conducted by Denver research firm Strategies 360 between February 15-18, with live phone interviews of 404 likely November 2018 voters in the City & County of Denver.  Topline results have a margin of error of  ±4.9 percent.

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View the One-Page Survey Summary

Read the Survey Summary Report

Read the Complete Survey Questions & Results

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