Poll: Beauprez, Gardner Lead Among Independent Voters

July 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — New polling shows the governor’s race is a dead heat between Democratic incumbent John Hickenlooper and Republican challenger Bob Beauprez with each drawing 44 percent.

However, Beauprez has a substantial lead over Hickenlooper among independent voters — 45 percent to the governor’s 37 percent.

The Rasmussen Reports poll comes just days after Beauprez won the Republican primary with 30 percent of the vote in a crowded field.

Among their own party, Hickenlooper carried 84 percent of Democratic support while Beauprez drew 83 percent of the support among Republicans.

The close polling numbers prompted Beauprez to issue a fundraising letter to supporters calling the results “extraordinary.”

“John Hickenlooper has had the opportunity to make decisions that would empower Coloradans, but instead he caved to liberal special interest groups. Under his watch, Colorado has fallen from the number two state in economic opportunity to number 22,” Beauprez said.

“Quite simply, if he won’t lead, I will,” Beauprez said.

In the U.S. Senate race, a separate poll by Rasmussen also showed Republican Rep. Cory Gardner with a significant lead over incumbent Democrat Mark Udall among independent voters.

Gardner had a five percent lead, 41 percent to 36 percent, with non-affiliated voters, said the polls of 750 likely Colorado voters conducted June 25 through 26.

The numbers shows Udall is running a tight race with Gardner overall, remaining just one percentage point ahead of the Republican among all those polled, 43 percent to 42 percent.

However, Udall’s own fundraising letters say he is running behind Gardner in other polls, including a National Public Radio poll last week that showed Republicans leading Democrats by three points in Colorado.

Another recent poll conducted by the National Mining Association on June 12 showed Gardner leading Udall 47 to 45 percent.

In the governor’s race, Rasmussen Reports said Hickenlooper is considered vulnerable in part because of his support for controversial gun control measures he signed into law last year.

Hickenlooper recently apologized for signing the legislation, which led to the recalls of two Democratic state senators.

“It’s no surprise this race tightened up as soon as there was a single strong Republican as a counterpoint to Hickenlooper,” said Kelly Maher, executive director of Compass Colorado.

“John Hickenlooper has never suffered the scrutiny of a one-on-one race, and now he is going to have to answer to Coloradans for his utter inability to lead. Showering with his clothes on is not going to cut it this time around,” Maher said.

The number of Colorado voters who support stricter gun control laws also shrunk from 42 percent to 38 percent, while 56 percent said they opposed increased gun control.

Rasmussen indicated Udall’s polling numbers are related to his support for Obamacare and his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.

Udall’s unfavorable ratings were 29 percent compared to Gardner’s 25 percent, however Udall’s very favorable ratings were 22 percent, compared to 19 percent for Gardner.

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15 Responses to Poll: Beauprez, Gardner Lead Among Independent Voters

  1. Mandy
    July 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm


    The graphic at the top of this article is exactly what’s wrong with partisan-hacks and most of the news media. They present and see the world as (R) vs. (D) and never once stop to consider that maybe most Americans are sick of seeing the world like this. The people need power pushed back to the states, counties, cities, and ultimately the people. Telling citizens what they can and can’t do is not freedom. If I want to smoke something, it’s my body. If I want to own a firearm for my protection and haven’t proven that I’m incapable of doing so, so be it.

    Hickenlooper is a Bloomberg wannabe. He wants to control us and keep pushing the (R) vs. (D) strawman that the news media and politicians expect you to keep focused on.

    • COtom
      July 2, 2014 at 6:11 am

      Kinda how like the right wing extremists want to control women’s bodies and tell them what to do with their own bodies? The GOP are finished in Colorado. The GOP are too extreme for Colorado. Hickenlooper wins by 10 points and Udall beats that crazy right wing nut Cory Gardner by 5 points

      • Abigail
        July 2, 2014 at 10:10 am

        In response to COtom. Recent healthcare decisions by the Supreme Court have nothing to do with controlling women’s bodies. In fact, it’s telling them to control & take responsibility for their own bodies. Want to kill an unborn baby? – You still can, but don’t force others to pay for it. In fact, those women can still get free contraception through insurance, but not abortifacents. Either you haven’t investigated the scope of the Hobby Lobby decision, or you are willfully twisting the facts.

        • Chris
          July 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

          Abigail, You have spoken very intelligently and calmly in an effort to educate those who don’t know the facts and think they can make everything about women, while avoiding the real issues facing our nation, like all of the White House scandals (too numerous to itemize), jobs, the economy, lack of enforcement of immigration laws, and the surge of terrorist organizations. Thank you, Abigail.

      • Choom Dadey
        July 2, 2014 at 11:37 am

        Get off the computer and out of your mom’s basement.

      • drtom
        July 11, 2014 at 8:06 am

        Right Wing extremists want to control women’s bodies? Not true. What they want is to end the slaughter of the innocent and for women to manage their own birth control. Don’t be fooled or tricked into thinking otherwise. No one cares what a woman does w/ her own body, they do care about the public expense of her abortions.

  2. Ruth Smith
    July 1, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Don’t worry Hick. Barry will send 50000 of those illegal kids up from TX and they already registered as DEM voters.

    • Carrie Couey
      July 12, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Scary and true.

  3. Brian McFarlane
    July 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Beauprez has a substantial lead over Hickenlooper among independent voters — 45 percent to the governor’s 37 percent.

    In Colorado registered voters affiliations are split fairly evenly between Dems, Reps and non-affiliated all around 32%, UAF actually have a little edge … that would tend to suggest that it is the non-affiliated voters that will decide the result. 45 vs. 37 is a significant margin in politics… :)

    Gardner also leading with non-affiliated is a good sign that he will prevail as well.

    Non-affiliated voters and Dems tend to not be reliable voters on “off-year” elections though, so turn-out will play a part… the gun law controversy will bring some voters to the polls.

    • COtom
      July 2, 2014 at 11:02 pm


      Hickenlooper is beating Beauprez by double digits with women and independent voters. Beauprez is an extremist who is out of touch with Colorado. my prediction, both ways Bob goes down by double digits.

      • Brian McFarlane
        July 3, 2014 at 10:36 am

        COtom, I think the “polling” that you cite is outdated (April 2014). That matters since back in April it was not clear who Hickenlooper would be running against and Beauprez had just entered into the race.
        I’m sure more women will vote for the Democrat, and more men will vote for the Republican and more men will actually vote since this is an “off-year”. Hickenlooper has some negative polling now. I think it will be a close race.

  4. john swanson
    July 2, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Just to show the GOP how much I despise what they did to Tancrado,,,I am voting for wickie, the looper, so I can at least vote the other conservatives in office. No longer care about the parties,,,they are both putting the screw to us.

    • Chris
      July 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Mr. Swanson, It would be good for you to talk to Mr. Tancredo yourself as he would totally disagree with your voting plan and could convince you to come to your senses. In fact, Tom supports Beauprez and is traveling around the state with him on the campaign trail. We’ve seen our proud state lose respect in so many ways, especially by giving in to the environmental wackos and welfare state activists. You have the power to stop the downfall by voting for freedom and change.


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