Denver, CO – Colorado’s governor’s race is tightening up according to recent polls that show incumbent John Hickenlooper slipping in voter’s opinions. According to a new Quinipiac University poll, 47% of interviewed Colorado voters say the governor should be reelected while 45% favor the governor’s reelection.
Two major issues are affecting the governor – his stance on the death penalty and gun control issues. By a margin of 48% - 21% voters reject the governor’s stance on the death penalty which is highlighted by his recent decision to approve an indefinite stay of the execution of convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap. The also disapprove of his strong push for stronger gun control laws in the state by a 52% t0 35% margin. Despite these lower rating, the poll shows voters have an overall favorable rating of 48%.
His marks are significantly higher for his leadership skills and his handling of the economy. Some 57% support his leadership skills; 57% say he is honest and trustworthy; and 51% say he cares about their problems and issues.
As far as the 2014 governor's race, Hickenlooper edges former U.S. Rep. Tancredo 46% to 45%. He leads Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler 48% to 41%. And Hickenlooper beats GOP state Sen. Greg Brophy 48% to 39%.
"What's interesting about this poll is that even in the face of big controversies this year, a clear majority of those polled like and trust the governor," Hickenlooper spokesman Eric Brown said. "Plus, he gets high marks for strong leadership. Those are enduring qualities the governor has maintained since entering public life 10 years ago and will continue in the future."
In related poll questions, 44 % of Coloradans think U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, should be re-elected in 2014, while 36% are opposed. Another 21% are undecided or don't know.
President Barack Obama's approval rating stands at 41 percent, compared to 56 percent of Coloradans who don't believe he is doing a good job.
As for the 2016 presidential race, the poll reports that "Colorado keeps its status as a swing state" with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tying New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 42 percent to 42 percent.