Tipton mails issues survey to thousands

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., sent out surveys to several thousand residents of western and southern Colorado, calling the questionnaire a “key tool we will use to better reflect your views.”

Tipton’s survey to 100,000 households was sent out using the congressional franking privilege, or right to post mail to constituents without cost to him. In all, the survey cost about $24,000 to produce and mail, his office said.

In the survey, respondents are asked to rate the performance of Congress and that of President Barack Obama.

It also asks about the size of government, asking whether government “should be more involved in helping to meet the needs of the American people” or whether “Government is too big, businesses and individuals should have a greater role.”

More specific to western Colorado, the survey asks whether respondents believe that regulations are harming job growth and economic development. It also asks respondents to check proposals that will help the nation’s energy supply. Choices include increased exploration for oil and natural gas; make better use of clean coal; increase development of new and renewable energy resources; increase fuel efficiency standards and “implement a true all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes responsible production of all of our country’s energy resources.”

Other areas of the survey ask respondents’ opinions of the Affordable Care Act and whether they support the Second Amendment and Colorado’s recent gun laws.

Tipton’s survey also inquires about the nation’s immigration system, including choices ranging from a better guest-worker program to providing a pathway to citizenship for people already in the United States.

It also asks respondents whether they had dealt with Tipton’s office and whether the experience was positive.

Tipton’s office said the survey was sent to constituents across the district and the responses will provide Tipton “with a good source of information on how people in the 3rd District stand on the major issues.”

The franking privilege dates back to 1775, when it was established by the first Continental Congress.


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Just an attempt to find out the “hot button” issues in order to make noise prior to election time. Tipton is just another of the good ol boys who always votes on party lines. Our survey does not matter as Tipton will follow whatever the republicans are harping about. Thanks, Mr Tipton, for screwing our veterans “for the greater good” during the highly touted “bi-partisan” budget bill passage.

I received this survey, and was surprised because Tipton has never cared about my views before. It would be interesting to see the results of this survey, but I’m sure we never will, even though we paid for it. Maybe Gary Harmon could do us a favor and ask for a FOI report on the results. I’m sure that Tipton is wondering about the new geography that he represents, and I’m wondering how much they like him. I know that my responses to his survey were not what he was expecting…

I thought it curious that Mr. Tipton asked if we approved of the president’s job performance—although he is not up for re-election—but did not ask what his constituents thought of the job he was doing, which seems like it would be more useful to the citizens paying for it.

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