Poll: Hickenlooper approval rating climbs to 52 percent
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.