Poll: Udall losing ground to Stephens, Buck

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DENVER — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat seeking a second term this fall, only leads his most likely Republican challenger, Ken Buck, by three points, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Udall leads Buck by a margin of 45 percent to 42 percent and his lead over state Rep. Amy Stephens is even slimmer, 43-41.

He leads state Sen. Owen Hill by a 44-39 percent margin.

Overall, 45 percent of Coloradans approve of Udall’s job performance, while 41 percent disapprove.

Udall, an outspoken critic of the NSA domestic surveillance program, has been knocked back on his heels a bit by the problem-plagued roll-out of Obamacare, which 60 percent of those polled oppose.

Republicans have charged that his office tried to pressure Colorado’s Dept. of Insurance to lower its estimated number of people whose policies were cancelled as a result of the new health care law being implemented, although a panel convened to investigate found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Last week, immediately following the State of the Union, Udall stumbled in an interview with CNN, unable to say whether he’d be interested in campaigning with President Obama this fall.

Udall, despite a rough few months of press, has nearly $5 million in the bank — and the luxury of a Republican field of would-be opponents all struggling to raise money and inspire confidence that they’ll be able to mount a serious challenge.

The poll also shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suffering from the “Bridge-gate” controversy with Colorado voters.

His eight-point lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 presidential match-up is gone.

Clinton now leads Christie in Colorado, a critical swing state, by a 43-42 percent margin.

In late November, Christie led Clinton in Quinnipiac’s last survey of Colorado voters by a 46-38 percent margin.

Additionally, the poll shows that 67 percent of Coloradans support President Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage; although the president’s disapproval rating in Colorado, a state he twice won, is up to 59 percent, the highest it’s been.



  • Jinx Finch

    Udall “…has nearly 5 million in the bank–and the luxury of a Republican field of would-be opponents all struggling to raise money…” Money buys you elections and when the dead start voting for you, that’s icing on the cake–no problem winning.

  • Kurt Hall (@khall1026)

    According to Congressional Quarterly, Udall voted in support of Obama’s positions 99% of the time. In other words, he’s nothing but a puppet of Obama. Time for Udall to be reintroduced to the economy he helped to created.

    • Randall Flagg

      Emery Clarke:
      “Drill down and look at the demographics. They over polled Dems and Unaffiliated. Udall is in bigger trouble than this poll suggests.”

      As is standard procedure for these thugs.

  • Randall Flagg

    Udall needs to get the boot.
    He needs to get fired. Hes a bought-and-paid-for democrat who cares more about power than America’s rights under the constitution,

    Stick a fork in him. He’s done!

  • Fast45

    Vote against ALL incumbents, regardless of party affiliation, at the national / state / local levels. Not a single one of them deserves your vote!

  • D.R. Commish

    Ken Buck would be GREAT!…. Cancer Survivor, In Favor of Local Control, Limited Government, and Personal Freedom….

    Sadly… All this means is that Mark Udall, and his minions, will start taking the election season down into the mud and dirt sooner than normal…

  • Tom Sanders

    READER ALERT: It’s very simple…Udall supports democrat policies..democrat policies have destroyed this country..have divided the people..you have a lying president…look at NY..Mass..NH…Calif…Detroit..NJ…all have massive debt…the worst crime..the most poverty and above all have been run by democrats for years…Udall is a democratic hack and will do what they want…he supported Obamacare…so if you want more taxes..fines..fee’s and regulations vote for him.

  • Eric Ernst

    Time to show the son of the “butcher of Yellowstone” the door…along with Chickenlooper. they will go the way of Giron, Morse and Hudak.
    The dems and liberals have destroyed this state beyong repair!

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