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Poll: Hickenlooper approval rating climbs to 52 percent

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper celebrates after a ribbon cutting ceremony in November to re-open Highway 7 between Lyons and Allenspark.

DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s approval rating reached a new high of 52 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

The survey also shows Hickenlooper, a Democrat, with a comfortable lead over all four of his possible Republican challengers.

Secretary of State Scott Gessler comes the closest, trailing Hickenlooper by a six-point margin, 46-40.

More good news for the former brewpub founder: respondents choose the economy and jobs as the most important issue in the governor’s race.

Hickenlooper continues to tout Colorado’s improving economic recovery, which is outpacing the nation’s.

The 52 percent approval rating is the highest since Quinnipiac started polling the governor’s race last July.

“His team may have tanked in the Super Bowl, but Hickenlooper gets a bit of good news in improving approval job numbers as no serious challenge to his reelection has been mounted yet,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Hickenlooper leads 48 to 39 percent over former Congressman Tom Tancredo; he leads state Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, 47 to 37 percent; and he has a 47 to 38 percent advantage over former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp, R-Littleton.

Those numbers may be one more reason for former Congressman Bob Beauprez, who is mulling a late run for governor, to jump into the race.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,139 registered voters in Colorado from Wednesday through Sunday, conducting live interviews via cellphones and land lines. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

Quinnipiac will release a poll on the Colorado Senate race on Thursday.

8 comments

  • Tom Sanders

    And why would anyone who actually knows what’s going on…what this man has done in the past and present suddenly start liking the guy? He’s chickenlooper…the guy that got slammed for not making a decision on that death case…wanted to tax you another billion dollars…has been in favor of more fee’s , fines and regulations….he is a democrat hack…the FOX 31 NEWS are liberal democrat hacks and will do and say anything for the criminal democrat agenda….in this case trying to make you think a majority of the people think he’s doing great…like “we are the news…we must be right” and you the sucker believing it….just vote this criminal out.

  • Bob Trower

    DOES THIS MEAN THAT 52% OR COLORADO CITIZENS ARE ON DRUGS, OR GAYS THAT WANT TO MARRY, OR WANT NO LAW ABIDING PERSON TO OWN GUNS, OR ALREADY ON THE GOVERNMENT DOLE OR WANT HIGHER TAXES OR WHAT??????????????

  • Di Bu

    Why the heck is Quinnipiac University (self-described as the “leader in online graduate programs”) interested in the approval rating of a mayor halfway across the country from Connecticut? Why is this even news?

  • Eric Ernst

    Be very suspicious about ANYpoll that shows Chickenlooper in any lead…including a run for dog catcher.
    REMEBER that lunch box liberal Eli Stokols is so perverted and twisted with his information.
    REMEBER that Chickenlooper commuted the death sentence of Nathan Dunlop(Chuck E Cheese Murderer),Took away gun rights, attempted to shove another tax increase down our throats, changes voting requirements to were anyone can register a day before the election day , tried to prevent Colorado from using EVerify to check the status of workers…. illegal OR legal residents.
    Chickenlooper and the rest of the democratic destruction crew MUST GO the way of Giron, Morse, Hudak and soon Udall.

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