August 23, 2013 - Colorado Gov Gets Low Grades On Guns, Death Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Clinton, Christie Tied In Early Look At 2016 Race
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Colorado voters disapprove by wide margins of the way Gov. John Hickenlooper is handling gun control and the death penalty, leaving him with a lackluster approval rating and locked in a too- close-to-call race for reelection next year, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters disapprove 48 - 27 percent of the way Gov. Hickenlooper is handling the death penalty and disapprove 52 - 35 percent of the way he is handling gun policy, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

These negatives are offset by a 50 - 41 percent approval for his handling of the economy, leaving the governor with an overall job approval rating of 48 - 44 percent.

Hickenlooper gets good marks for personal characteristics. Voters say:
  • 57 - 38 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
  • 56 - 35 percent that he is honest and trustworthy;
  • 50 - 44 percent that he cares about their needs and problems.
"The key for Gov. John Hickenlooper, as it is for many issues in America today, is the attitude of independent voters. These voters go against the governor on his handling of gun control and the death penalty, but split 46 - 46 percent on his overall job approval," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"On almost every question, women side with the governor more than men, giving him a 54 - 37 percent approval rating, while men disapprove 51 - 43 percent.

Only 45 percent of Colorado voters say Hickenlooper deserves to be reelected while 48 percent say he does not.

In an early look at the 2014 election for Colorado governor, Hickenlooper gets 46 percent to 45 percent for former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, the Republican. Independent voters are divided 43 - 43 percent.

Facing Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler, Hickenlooper leads 47 - 42 percent.

The governor tops Republican State Sen. Greg Brophy 47 - 40 percent.

"Gov. Hickenlooper has gone against popular opinion on the death penalty and gun control, but he is doing better on that bread and butter issue - the economy. Let's see how that plays out in the next 14 months," Malloy said.

2016 White House Race

Colorado keeps its status as a swing state in the 2016 presidential election as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ties New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie 42 - 43 percent.

Clinton gets 45 percent to 42 percent for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, too close to call.

Vice President Joseph Biden trails Gov. Christie 50 - 33 percent and falls behind Sen. Cruz 45 - 39 percent.

The former first lady has 51 - 44 percent favorability rating. Christie has lower negatives as he scores a 50 - 22 percent favorability. Cruz gets a 26 - 16 percent score as 58 percent of voters say they don't know enough about him to form an opinion. Biden gets a negative 40 - 50 percent favorability.

Colorado voters disapprove 56 - 41 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, little changed from a 54 - 43 percent disapproval in a June 14 Quinnipiac University poll.

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall gets a 47 - 34 percent approval rating as voters say 44 - 36 percent he deserves to be reelected next year.

Voters approve 42 - 34 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is doing.

From August 15 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,184 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were John Hickenlooper the Democrat and Tom Tancredo the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Hickenlooper         46%     9%    88%    43%    39%    53%    45%    54%
Tancredo             45     83      9     43     53     37     47     31
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      1      1      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      -      2      1      1      1      -
DK/NA                 8      7      3     10      7      9      6     14
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were John Hickenlooper the Democrat and Tom Tancredo the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Aug 23  Jun 13
                     2013    2013
 
Hickenlooper         46      42
Tancredo             45      41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       3
DK/NA                 8      11
 
 
2. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were John Hickenlooper the Democrat and Scott Gessler the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Hickenlooper         47%     7%    89%    45%    39%    54%    44%    60%
Gessler              42     82      7     39     49     34     44     25
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      2      1      1      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      -      2      2      1      2      -
DK/NA                10      9      4     13      9     11      9     14
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were John Hickenlooper the Democrat and Scott Gessler the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Aug 23  Jun 13
                     2013    2013
 
Hickenlooper         47      42
Gessler              42      40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       3
DK/NA                10      13
 
 
3. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were John Hickenlooper the Democrat and Greg Brophy the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Hickenlooper         47%     9%    89%    44%    40%    53%    45%    59%
Brophy               40     79      6     38     49     32     43     24
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      1      1      1      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      -      3      2      2      2      -
DK/NA                10     10      3     14      8     12      9     14
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were John Hickenlooper the Democrat and Greg Brophy the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Aug 23  Jun 13
                     2013    2013
 
Hickenlooper         47      43
Brophy               40      37
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       4
DK/NA                10      14
 
 
4. Is your opinion of John Hickenlooper favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Favorable            49%    18%    84%    45%    44%    54%    47%    61%
Unfavorable          42     76     10     42     50     35     45     25
Hvn't hrd enough      7      5      4     11      6      9      6     14
REFUSED               2      2      2      2      1      2      2      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of John Hickenlooper favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Aug 23  Jun 13
                     2013    2013
 
Favorable            49      45
Unfavorable          42      42
Hvn't hrd enough      7      11
REFUSED               2       1
 
 
5. Is your opinion of Tom Tancredo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Favorable            34%    52%     8%    39%    41%    28%    35%    25%
Unfavorable          30     11     59     24     31     29     31     29
Hvn't hrd enough     34     35     31     37     27     41     32     45
REFUSED               1      2      2      1      1      2      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Tom Tancredo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Aug 23  Jun 13
                     2013    2013
 
Favorable            34      32
Unfavorable          30      29
Hvn't hrd enough     34      37
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
6. Is your opinion of Scott Gessler favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Favorable            16%    29%     4%    14%    20%    12%    16%    17%
Unfavorable          15      2     33     13     15     15     16     11
Hvn't hrd enough     67     67     62     72     63     71     67     72
REFUSED               1      2      1      1      1      2      2      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Scott Gessler favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Aug 23  Jun 13
                     2013    2013
 
Favorable            16      15
Unfavorable          15      11
Hvn't hrd enough     67      74
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
7. Is your opinion of Greg Brophy favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Favorable            10%    18%     4%    10%    14%     7%    10%    11%
Unfavorable           4      -     10      3      4      5      4      5
Hvn't hrd enough     84     81     85     87     82     87     85     83
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Greg Brophy favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Aug 23  Jun 13
                     2013    2013
 
Favorable            10       8
Unfavorable           4       5
Hvn't hrd enough     84      86
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
8. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Ted Cruz the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Clinton              45%     3%    92%    41%    38%    53%    44%    55%
Cruz                 42     86      2     41     51     33     44     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      1      1      -      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      -      3      3      2      3      -
DK/NA                 9      7      5     13      7     11      9     10
 
 
9. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden the Democrat and Ted Cruz the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Biden                39%     2%    84%    33%    33%    45%    37%    47%
Cruz                 45     90      5     45     55     36     48     36
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      2      2      1      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      3      4      4      4      4      3
DK/NA                11      5      7     16      7     14     10     11
 
 
10. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Clinton              42%     5%    88%    34%    33%    50%    39%    58%
Christie             43     83      5     43     50     36     46     34
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      -      2      2      1      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      4      -      6      6      2      4      -
DK/NA                10      6      6     15      9     10      9      6
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Aug 23  Jun 14
                     2013    2013
 
Clinton              42      41
Christie             43      44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       4
DK/NA                10       8
 
 
11. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Biden                33%     2%    75%    23%    28%    37%    30%    51%
Christie             50     86     13     54     55     46     54     36
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      1      2      2      1      2      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      4      2      8      7      4      5      3
DK/NA                10      5      8     14      8     12      9      8
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden the Democrat and Chris Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Aug 23  Jun 14
                     2013    2013
 
Biden                33      32
Christie             50      48
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5       4
DK/NA                10      12
 
 
12. Is your opinion of Hillary Clinton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Favorable            51%    11%    95%    49%    43%    59%    49%    64%
Unfavorable          44     85      3     45     52     37     46     30
Hvn't hrd enough      4      3      2      5      5      3      4      6
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Hillary Clinton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Aug 23  Jun 14
                     2013    2013
 
Favorable            51      53
Unfavorable          44      44
Hvn't hrd enough      4       2
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
13. Is your opinion of Joe Biden favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Favorable            40%     3%    85%    35%    33%    48%    38%    46%
Unfavorable          50     89      8     53     60     41     54     33
Hvn't hrd enough      8      7      6     10      7      9      6     21
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      1      2      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Joe Biden favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Aug 23  Jun 14
                     2013    2013
 
Favorable            40      39
Unfavorable          50      49
Hvn't hrd enough      8      11
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
14. Is your opinion of Ted Cruz favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Favorable            26%    45%     4%    28%    36%    17%    26%    25%
Unfavorable          16      2     34     12     17     14     17     10
Hvn't hrd enough     58     53     62     60     47     68     56     65
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      -      1      1      -
 
 
15. Is your opinion of Chris Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Favorable            50%    60%    45%    50%    49%    51%    53%    32%
Unfavorable          22     17     27     17     28     16     21     23
Hvn't hrd enough     28     23     25     33     23     32     25     42
REFUSED               1      -      2      -      1      1      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Chris Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Aug 23  Jun 14
                     2013    2013
 
Favorable            50      49
Unfavorable          22      17
Hvn't hrd enough     28      32
REFUSED               1       2
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Hickenlooper is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Approve              48%    16%    84%    46%    43%    54%    46%    62%
Disapprove           44     76     10     46     51     37     47     27
DK/NA                 8      9      6      8      6     10      8     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Hickenlooper is handling his job as Governor?
                     Aug 23  Jun 13
                     2013    2013
 
Approve              48      47
Disapprove           44      43
DK/NA                 8      10
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Approve              37%    10%    67%    33%    34%    40%    36%    47%
Disapprove           50     78     21     51     56     45     51     44
DK/NA                13     11     12     16     10     16     13     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Aug 23  Jun 13
                     2013    2013
 
Approve              37      36
Disapprove           50      49
DK/NA                13      16
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mark Udall is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Approve              47%    27%    71%    47%    48%    46%    47%    51%
Disapprove           34     54     12     33     36     33     35     29
DK/NA                18     19     17     19     16     21     18     20
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mark Udall is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Aug 23  Jun 14
                     2013    2013
 
Approve              47      45
Disapprove           34      31
DK/NA                18      24
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bennet is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Approve              42%    24%    65%    37%    39%    44%    41%    48%
Disapprove           34     52     14     35     40     28     34     29
DK/NA                24     24     21     28     21     28     25     22
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bennet is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Aug 23  Jun 14
                     2013    2013
 
Approve              42      40
Disapprove           34      31
DK/NA                24      29
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Approve              41%     6%    85%    35%    33%    48%    38%    54%
Disapprove           56     94     13     58     63     48     59     43
DK/NA                 4      1      2      7      4      4      4      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Aug 23  Jun 14
                     2013    2013
 
Approve              41      43
Disapprove           56      54
DK/NA                 4       3
 
 
21. Do you feel that John Hickenlooper deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Yes/Deserves         45%     9%    81%    45%    41%    49%    43%    60%
No/Does not          48     85     12     46     56     40     51     30
DK/NA                 7      5      6      9      4     11      7     10
 
TREND: Do you feel that John Hickenlooper deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Aug 23  Jun 13
                     2013    2013
 
Yes/Deserves         45      45
No/Does not          48      44
DK/NA                 7      11
 
 
22. Do you feel that Mark Udall deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Yes/Deserves         44%    19%    69%    45%    46%    42%    44%    43%
No/Does not          36     58     13     34     39     32     37     29
DK/NA                21     23     18     21     15     26     19     29
 
TREND: Do you feel that Mark Udall deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Aug 23  Jun 14
                     2013    2013
 
Yes/Deserves         44      40
No/Does not          36      33
DK/NA                21      27
 
 
23. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Colorado today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Very satisfied       11%     3%    22%     8%    12%    10%    10%    13%
Smwht satisfied      43     23     63     42     39     46     41     54
Smwht dissatisfied   23     35     10     27     23     24     24     22
Very dissatisfied    23     39      4     22     27     19     24     11
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      1      1      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Colorado today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Aug 23  Jun 13
                     2013    2013
 
Very satisfied       11      10
Smwht satisfied      43      44
Smwht dissatisfied   23      26
Very dissatisfied    23      20
DK/NA                 1       -
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Hickenlooper is handling - the death penalty?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Approve              27%    12%    49%    22%    22%    32%    25%    41%
Disapprove           48     63     31     48     54     42     49     39
DK/NA                25     25     19     30     25     26     26     21
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Hickenlooper is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Approve              50%    22%    80%    49%    48%    52%    50%    53%
Disapprove           41     69     10     42     45     37     42     34
DK/NA                 9     10     10      9      7     12      9     14
 
 
26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Hickenlooper is handling - gun policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Approve              35%     6%    71%    31%    32%    38%    35%    43%
Disapprove           52     86     16     53     59     45     52     43
DK/NA                13      8     13     16      9     17     13     14
 
 
27. Would you say that John Hickenlooper - has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Yes                  57%    31%    86%    57%    52%    62%    55%    69%
No                   38     62     10     37     43     33     39     26
DK/NA                 6      7      4      7      6      6      6      5
 
 
28. Would you say that John Hickenlooper - is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Yes                  56%    34%    86%    53%    54%    58%    56%    62%
No                   35     57      8     37     38     31     35     25
DK/NA                 9      9      6     10      8     10      8     13
 
 
29. Would you say that John Hickenlooper - cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Yes                  50%    24%    81%    49%    47%    53%    48%    62%
No                   44     71     15     45     49     40     47     27
DK/NA                 6      5      4      6      4      7      5     12
 
 
30. Do you think John Hickenlooper is too liberal, too conservative, or about right?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Liberal              41%    80%     5%    39%    48%    34%    44%    24%
Conservative          9      3     15      9      9      9      9     12
About right          43     12     75     43     37     49     40     56
DK/NA                 7      6      4      9      6      9      7      7
 
 
 

Demographic Summary