RELEASE: Poll shows overwhelming support for library district

More than 7-in-10 likely 2022 voters support property-tax increase to fund library district

BOULDER — More than 7-in-10 likely voters within the proposed boundaries of a Boulder-area library district support a property-tax increase to provide stable funding for library services, according to results of polling released today by the Boulder Library Champions.

“We are heartened to see that area voters understand that libraries are not just a part of the social infrastructure of our community — they are essential to its well-being and a worthwhile investment,” said Joni Teter, chair of the Boulder Library Champions. “This research makes clear that Boulder-area voters are willing to tax themselves a modest amount to fund a library district that can meet the current and future needs of all residents — particularly seniors and underserved communities.” 

The poll of 500 likely voters was conducted March 3-13 via live telephone interviews by Keating Research. The respondents accurately represent the distribution of likely November 2022 voters in the proposed Boulder Area Library District precincts based on party registration, gender, age, region, and ethnicity. The worst-case margin of error is plus or minus 4.4%. 

Among the poll’s notable findings: 

  • 88% of respondents have a favorable view of the Boulder Public Library (60% very favorable, 28% somewhat favorable) compared to just 3% who have an unfavorable view;

  • The measure was supported by more than 7-in-10 voters whether they were asked about a lower (3.2 mills, to raise $17 million) or higher (3.8 mills, to raise $19.5 million) annual property-tax increase;

  • Initial support for an increase of 3.8 mills was highest among Democrats (77% yes - 9% no) and unaffiliated voters  (69% yes - 14% no) and the proposal was supported by a plurality of Republicans (45% yes - 38% no)

  • Two-thirds of voters outside the city limits who live within the proposed library district boundaries supported the measures;

  • and 8-of-10 respondents said they use the Boulder library (among Boulder residents, 15% said they are frequent users, 31% moderate users, and 34% light users; among county residents, 9% said they are frequent users, 37% moderate users, and 34% light users).

“Boulder Area Library District voters love the Boulder Public Library and they overwhelmingly said they value creating a library district that will serve the community’s needs now and into the future — particularly for seniors, children, and people from low- or fixed-income households,” said pollster Chris Keating.

 

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Polling Memo (pdf)

Topline Results (pdf)