Political Polling in Colorado: Wave 1

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Washington, DC - Ipsos' latest poll, carried out on behalf of Reuters and published today, shows that Gubernatorial Demcratic candidate John Hickenlooper enjoys a substantial lead among likely voters with Tom Tancredo in the race (Hickenlooper is on 41%, compared to Republican Maes on 33% and Tancredo on 16%) … but that the race is a dead heat if Tom Tancredo drops out (45% each for Hickenlooper and Maes).

In the Senate race, Republican candidate Ken Buck leads his Democrat opponent Michael Bennet by 9 points (49% vs. 40%) among likely voters.

Other key findings from the poll, which included a brief module on immigration:

  • The 'Enthusiasm Gap' between Democrats and Republicans is substantial in Colorado, with 59% of Democrats saying they are 'certain to vote' compared to 76% of Republicans
  • Half (50%) of registered voters think that things in Colorado are on the wrong track (42% think they're heading in the right direction). These figures also reflect Governor Bill Ritter's approval ratings, with 50% disapproving and 46% approving of the way he is doing his job.
  • While only 10% name immigration as one of the state's biggest problems, there are certainly strong views on the issue when we ask about specifics:
    • 40% agree that anyone residing illegally in the US should be sent back to their home country, with no exceptions
    • 62% agree that people residing illegally in the US who commit other crimes should be sent back, but others left alone
    • About half (49%) think that all people residing illegally in the US should be allowed an opportunity to become citizens now that they are here -- although the same proportion (48%) disagree
    • Almost two-thirds (63%) agree that a person residing illegally in the US who has a clean record should be able to pay a fine and taxes, and then have the opportunity to become citizens

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Julia Clark
Ipsos Public Affairs

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Political Polling in Colorado: Wave 1

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Julia Clark
Senior Vice President, US
Ipsos Public Affairs