Poll: Hickenlooper, despite drop in popularity, still favored to win second term

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Gov. John Hickenlooper talking about flood recovery efforts at the State Capitol Sept. 19, 2013.

DENVER — After a difficult year, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is still favored to win a second term in 2014 according to a poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University.

The poll shows Hickenlooper’s approval rating at 48 percent and his disapproval rating at 46 percent, showing the impact of a rough political ride since the start of 2013, a year in which the governor didn’t veto a single bill coming out of an ambitiously progressive legislature and, just weeks ago, watched voters reject a tax hike for education he supported by a two-to-one margin.

That said, Hickenlooper is still polling ahead of his four potential GOP challengers.

“Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper does not have much room to breathe the Rocky Mountain air, and certainly no clear sailing back to the statehouse. With the election a year away, he has slight leads over his Republican challengers and a mixed approval rating, but 9 in 10 voters list jobs as a top priority and the new gun control laws sit very badly with Colorado gun owners,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“Almost half of Colorado voters don’t want to give Gov. Hickenlooper four more years, but they seem to like the other guys a little less.”

Former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp is the most competitive against Hickenlooper, trailing by a four-point margin, 44-40.

Hickenlooper polls ahead of former Congressman Tom Tancredo by 46-41 percent; ahead of Secretary of State Scott Gessler 45-40 percent; and he leads state Sen. Greg Brophy of Wray by a 44-38 percent margin.

Another good sign for Hickenlooper, a former business owner who’s recruited several big companies to Colorado: 89 percent say the economy is “very important”, making it the most important issue, ahead of education, gun laws, taxes, fracking and the death penalty.

In one question Colorado voters oppose “the stricter new gun control laws” 55 – 40 percent. But voters support 85-14 percent requiring background checks for all gun-buyers.

And 49 percent of voters support a statewide ban on the sale of ammunition magazines holding more than 15 rounds, while 48 percent are opposed.

Voters statewide oppose 49-38 percent the recall of state Sen. Evie Hudak for supporting stricter new gun control laws.

15 comments

  • Test

    Only if the GOP continues to run unpopular, incompetent candidates. Here’s some hints guys (GOP): Honest, personable, real world leadership, fiscally responsible, environmentally prudent.

    Avoid: rich, arrogant, big banks, mortgage brokers, real estate mavens.

  • Test

    “But voters support 85 – 14 percent requiring background checks for all gun-buyers.”

    They wouldn’t if they fully understood the bill instead of the 30 second deceitful soundbite version.

    This bill is a poorly worded disaster. The devil is in the details and the details stink. There is no reason a “background” check bill has to be as ridiculous as this one.

    To paraphrase Dilbert, “Ignorance is not an opinion.”

  • Browncoat (@browncoat_28)

    I’m astounded he ever got elected in the first place. The guy is a total dolt. I wouldn’t try this guy to manage a circus, never mind a state. The quality of individuals in the US political arena have substantially degraded over the last 10 years. Its quite pathetic, actually, how hard it is to find someone that isn’t an unintelligent wretch in the political system.

  • DR Commish

    Nice story Eli…. Quoting “Polls” prior to any real campaigning. Promise us that you’ll be this “Excited” in a few months, as this “lead” begins to dwindle.

  • Dave Meyer

    I really appreciate all the third world charm we have acquired. Abductions, knifings, shootings, kidnappings, child prostitution, decimated neighborhoods, 6 foot tall tumbleweeds, cars parked on front lawn areas, erosion pouring into gutters, increased shoplifting, long lines at the emergency rooms, dumbing down of education and especially the low wages.

  • earlofbuccleugh

    This guy is a freaky embarrassment to REAL Coloradans (as opposed to the California infection.) Watch Virginia repeat this experiment with the Hickenpooper clone just elected by their Maryland/DC infestation.

  • S2

    Remember this is the guy that used to hire illegals in his business, one of whom killed a Denver cop. I haven’t forgotten.

  • Dawn Kinsey-Jeffers

    What does it tell you “Fox news” when all of the comments on here are against Poopenlooper. I love my fellow REAL Coloradoans! We are not falling for the Callie liberal asswipes agenda and we WILL be getting rid of all the Dems in this state’s “government”!

  • Beer_Abs

    LickinPooper and Eli Strokalls both need to get “behind” their President (where they do their best performance) and go down with the stinkin ship!

  • fast45

    Hickenlooper should be an easy mark … unfortunately the Repubs will once again do the same stupid things that have cost them the last few elections. Hickenlooper hires illegals … Tommy Tancredo alienates them. Gessler comes off as so white, he makes ME look like a brother. Too bad there isn’t a mainstream fiscal conservative whose IQ and shoe size aren’t interchangeable, who will step up. Sad for us …

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