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Mixed News for Hickenlooper in Colorado Poll

Mixed News for Hickenlooper in Colorado Poll

By Scott Conroy - November 19, 2013

A plurality of Colorado voters do not believe Gov. John Hickenlooper deserves to be re-elected in 2014, according to a Quinnipiac poll released on Tuesday.

In the survey, Hickenlooper's approval rating was slightly above water at 48 percent approval and 46 percent disapproval. But 49 percent of voters said he does not deserve to be re-elected, while only 42 percent said he does.

It sounds like good news for Colorado Republicans in their efforts to oust the first-term Democrat. The problem for the GOP, however, is that Hickenlooper holds leads over all four of the major declared Republican candidates vying for the chance to face him in the general election.

Occasionally mentioned as a possible dark horse candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, Hickenlooper edges each of his potential GOP rivals by similar margins: He leads former U.S. Rep. (and 2008 GOP presidential candidate) Tom Tancredo (46 percent to 41 percent); Secretary of State Scott Gessler (45 percent to 40 percent); state Sen. Greg Brophy (44 percent to 38 percent); and former state Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp (44 percent to 40 percent).

On gun control, a highly charged issue in Colorado, the Quinnipiac poll found a split that will allow both sides to cite numbers buoying their case. Asked about “stricter new gun control laws,” 55 percent of those polled said that they were opposed to them, while 40 percent said they supported the concept. But asked specifically whether they backed requiring background checks for all gun purchases, 85 percent of respondents said that they did, while only 14 percent opposed such a measure.

The poll of 1,206 registered Colorado voters was conducted from Nov. 15-Nov. 18 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points. 

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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