Poll shows Obama up five on Romney in Colorado
Barack Obama, Mitt Romney
DENVER – The first poll of Colorado voters since the Democratic National Convention shows President Barack Obama with a five point lead over Republican Mitt Romney, FOX31 Denver is first to report.
The new survey by OnSight Public Affairs and Project New America, showing Obama with a 49-44 percent lead over Romney, was released Thursday morning, just hours before Obama’s campaign is set to rally supporters in Golden.
The survey of 500 likely Colorado voters shows only a one point post-DNC bounce for Obama, who had a 48-44 percent lead over Romney in the last poll conducted by OnSight three weeks ago on the eve of the Republican National Convention.
“Colorado appears to be Obama’s to lose at this point,” OnSight’s Mike Melanson told FOX31 Denver. “He’s consolidating his advantage with women voters and, more importantly, with unaffiliated voters.”
In the Aug. 24 survey, Obama lead Romney among women voters by a 51-44 percent margin; that margin is mostly unchanged with Obama now ahead 51-43 percent.
Notably, Obama broadened his advantage with unaffiliated voters, which stood at 50-36 back in August and is now at 55-32, according to OnSight’s pollster, Chris Keating.
And, for the first time in months, Obama is above water with a favorability rating of 51 percent in Colorado. Romney, by comparison, has a favorability rating of 47 percent.
OnSight Public Affairs is run by Melanson and Ben Davis, both Democratic operatives who ran Gov. John Hickenlooper’s successful 2010 campaign and managed Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign in 2008.
The poll was conducted this Monday and Tuesday by telephone with 503 likely Colorado voters.
It’s margin of error is 4.4 percent.