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April 22, 2009

Poll: Bennet off to slow start

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) is off to a slow start making a positive impression on Colorado voters, according to a newly released poll.

A plurality of Colorado voters disapprove of the newly appointed senator’s job performance, and he narrowly trails former GOP congressman Bob Beauprez, one of his potential Republican opponents.

The Public Policy Polling survey shows that 41 percent of voters disapprove of Bennet’s job performance, with only 34 percent approving. Among independents, 43 percent of voters view him unfavorably.

He trails Beauprez by one point, 43 to 42 percent, and leads lesser-known Republican candidates, including Aurora city councilman Ryan Frazier and Weld County DA Ken Buck by single digits.

The numbers aren’t encouraging for Beauprez, either. Beauprez, who is seriously considering the race, also has poor favorability ratings, with 43 percent viewing him unfavorably and only 33 percent viewing him positively.

“These numbers for Michael Bennet are not good,” said PPP pollster Dean Debnam. “The good news for him is that he still hasn’t had the opportunity to define himself the way he wants to the voters in a campaign, and when he has the opportunity to do that he may fare better than he is now.”