Yes, now that Chrome is officially number 2 in the browser world - this is now a much higher profile issue for us as well. To tear down our beautiful tabbed forms at this point is certainly not ideal (to say the least). Thanks.
I am also confirming that on CF9 (enterprise), Flashforms do not work on Chrome and Safari on Windows. Had we known that Flash forms would not be supported across broswers (an assumption you don't usually make with Flash), we never would have implented on our websites. Changing them all to HTML is a real bummer. Yes, going forward, we will never use Flash forms again.
I'm no techy, but i found that if you use the bind attribute, and don't have the text between the tags, the text will be visible in cfformitem text. eg.
<cfformitem type="text" bind="Enter the candidate's email address and number" style="font-weight:bold;"></cfformitem>
dunno about the dropdown problem though....would be great if someones got an answer for that.