DENVER — A newly released poll shows Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper continues to hold single-digit leads over his would-be Republican opponents, but that unaffiliated voters in particular aren’t sold on his bid for reelection.
Only 45 percent of unaffiliated Colorado voters surveyed said they approved of his job performance, while 47 percent disapproved, according to a poll released Wednesday by Rasmussen Reports.
Meanwhile, 48 percent of all voters said they approved of Hickenlooper’s job as governor, while 45 percent said they disapprove. Of those, 20 percent said they strongly approve and 27 percent strongly disapprove.
Hickenlooper’s closest competitor remains Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who also won last week’s unofficial straw polls at the local GOP caucuses. The governor leads Gessler by a margin of 44 to 38 percentage points.
Hickenlooper was ahead of former Rep. Tom Tancredo by a margin of 46 to 37 percent, while the governor led state Sen. Greg Brophy by 42 to 33 percent.
Again, Hickenlooper’s support dropped among unaffiliated voters, especially when matched up against Gessler and Brophy, according to the poll.
“While Hickenlooper holds a nine-point lead over Tancredo among voters not affiliated with either party in the state, he is virtually tied with Gessler and Brophy among those voters,” said the Rasmussen analysis.
Hickenlooper picks up the vast majority—80 percent—of the Democratic vote, while Gessler’s support is the highest among Republicans at 78 percent. Tancredo receives 74 percent of the GOP vote while Brophy takes 68 percent, according to the poll.
Former Rep. Bob Beauprez, who entered the race last week, was not included in the poll, nor was former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp.
Republican delegates will decide which candidates to place on the June 24 primary ballot at the April 12 Republican State Assembly.
The survey of 500 likely voters was conducted March 5-6, with a sampling margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent and 95 percent degree of confidence.