Udall Comes Up Limping in Latest Poll Thanks to His Support for Obamacare

November 21, 2013
The poll shows Udall leading a half-dozen potential Republican challengers in hypothetical match-ups, but by slim margins

The poll shows Udall leading GOP challengers in hypothetical match-ups, but by slim margins

DENVER—Sen. Mark Udall won’t find much good news in the latest Quinnipiac Poll, but on the plus side, he’s beating Republican businessman Jaime McMillan by a solid three percentage points.

Also: The poll was conducted in November 2013, not November 2014.

Otherwise, the survey offers nothing but grim tidings for the Democrat Udall as he heads into the 2014 reelection with the deeply unpopular Affordable Care Act strapped to his back.

The numbers, released Tuesday, show Udall with a split 44 to 44 percent approval rating. At the same time, voters say he doesn’t deserve reelection by a margin of 47 to 41 percentage points.

“Though running even or ahead of six possible Republican challengers, Sen. Mark Udall must be pulling for a quick fix of the Obamacare website and a change of heart by Coloradans who dislike the Affordable Care Act by a wide margin,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Institute assistant director Tim Malloy in a statement.

The poll shows Udall leading a half-dozen potential Republican challengers in hypothetical match-ups, but by slim margins. Udall runs ahead of Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, the best known of the Republicans, by a margin of 45 to 42 percentage points.

But Udall isn’t exactly destroying lesser-known Republicans like McMillan. Against state Sen. Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulphur Springs), Udall leads by 44 to 39 percent, while he tops state Sen. Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) by 45 to 39 percentage points.

Udall leads state Rep. Amy Stephens (R-Colorado Springs) by 45 to 38 percent, and businessman Mark Aspiri by 45 to 36 percent.

None of the Republicans has anything approaching Udall’s universal name recognition, yet they’re all within striking distance a year before the election.

Analysts agree that Obamacare is to blame for Udall’s poor showing. While Udall has scrambled for cover in the last few weeks—he’s supporting the latest effort to allow people to keep insurance plans cancelled under the ACA—there’s no getting around the fact that he voted for Obamacare.

“Udall’s vulnerability will mostly be a product of Obamacare’s ongoing problems –failed technology, inadequate signup, cancelling current policies and more expensive coverage, and angry constituents,” said Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli in a blog post entitled, “When Do Colorado Democrats Panic?”

Colorado Republican Party chair Ryan Call released a statement Tuesday accusing Udall, as well as President Obama and Gov. John Hickenlooper, of promoting an unpopular liberal agenda over the opposition of voters.

“All of these numbers show that President Obama, Sen. Udall and Gov. Hickenlooper have ignored the voters at their own peril,” said Call. “Instead of working to help the people of this state, they have pushed a radical agenda that is hurting working families, job creators and senior citizens.  Arrogant politicians must stop pushing their extreme policies, and actually listen to what the voters want and need.”

The poll was conducted Nov. 15-18 with 1,206 registered Colorado voters. The margin of error is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

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8 Responses to Udall Comes Up Limping in Latest Poll Thanks to His Support for Obamacare

  1. concerned
    November 21, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Adam Dunstone Udall’s campaign manager is doing the same great job he did for Mayor Romer and Congresswoman Paccionne. Udall is now vulnerable and Colorado can be a surprise win for a Republican.

  2. Bob Terry
    November 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    This guy talks out of both sides … You for this I am that …against this yeah with ya …Maggie says this and I obey .. Okay wake up Obama he’s the president …okay where is his right to give exemptions …to anyone Congress staffs etc …he doesn’t even to himself …YOU ARE ALLOWING BIG GOVERNMENT to OVER RULE YOU..Obama doesn’t have the constitution authority to abrogate or change the law …and he is included …but YOU are allowing this crap ..and it starts with UDALL BENNETT POLIS DeGette so .. vote ‘em in folks screw yourself ..to empty crap..and Government telling YOU what YOU will do an when ..The Government couldn’t fix a peanut butter sandwich…Let’s have them illegally force something on you…yeah Government insurance..health …GM …good GOD save us from stupidity

  3. Vote Him Out
    November 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    My husband who has cancer had his insurance cancelled. Udall, like a good sheep supported Obamacare fully. I truly hope he is defeated along with all the rest of those who brought us this disaster.

  4. hsabin
    November 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    its about time that Voters see Udall for what he is – a party hack. His allegiance is only for the Democratic party. He voted FOR the ACA or Obamacare and could care less about the hurt that Coloradoans are now under going. What’s even worse, is that he KNEW Coloradoans would lose their health care and so did all the DEMS in Congress! If it weren’t for Amy Stephens doing the exchanges in Coloradowe taxpayers would have only 4 choices for health care in the state. Amy Care provides many more choices and voters should support her for the Senate in 2014 for her forward thinking.

    Udall will definitely NOT get my vote and if you value YOUR freedoms, you will definitely vote GOP in 2014.

    • Tim
      November 29, 2013 at 11:58 am

      hsabin is exactly right about Amy showing foresight. But then she was taken to the woodshed for “Amycare.”
      The fundamental weakness of today’s Republican Party is that we tend to destroy our rational candidates in the primary so we are left with “cast iron” candidates that either lose in the general or become ineffectual if elected. (Doug Lamborn)

  5. November 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    he and bennet voted (Aug.) to give gun rights to the UN. Now there’s an American patriot! His support for obama and obama control care, he’s looking out for you!!! (winky, winky!!!!!) And he’s an expert on al, the big gas, gore’s global warming. As his wife is an environmental attorney, there wouldn’t be any back handed interest there, woutld there? Some one said, follow the money!!!!

  6. Peter Neils
    January 21, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I don’t understand people who claim to have been negatively impacted by the ACA. It is just being phased in. Most likely you have been impacted by policies insurance companies are ramping up in harmony with the right wings histrionics in anticipation of wide public acceptance of ACA.

    The only thing to be embarrassed about supporting the Affordable Care Act is that one could have advocated by-passing the entire insurance industry boondoggle and gone to a simple single payer plan. Most of the rest of the developed world has, with results that make our existing health care system look like a joke, at our citizens expense.

    Contrary to the wide-spread falsehood that America has the best health care in the world, we do not, thanks to politicians who are too timid to stand up to the huge insurance industry. If you think insurance companies are looking out for your interest, I have a bridge I could sell you.

    If you want your fellow citizens to inflate health care costs by staggering into Emergency Rooms with serious illnesses that could have been avoided by a regular visit to a General Practitioner, keep strutting around decrying “Obamacare”.

    If you would enjoy policies that can actually control healthcare and related costs, shut up and give ACA a chance to work. Your rhetoric merely identifies you as puppets of the right wing smear machine. Your fear of “Obamacare” as masochists.


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