Poll: Support for Hickenlooper split among voters
DENVER — Opposition to new gun control laws passed by the state legislature earlier this year has made an impact on Gov. John Hickenlooper, according to a new poll of voters.
The Quinnipiac University Poll found Hickenlooper has an overall job approval rating of 48 percent approve to 44 percent disapprove.
But on gun control issues, voters disapprove by a margin of 52 to 35 percent of the way he is handling gun policy, the poll found.
Voters also disapprove by a margin of 48 to 27 percent of the way Hickenlooper is handling the death penalty.
The news isn’t all bad for Hickenlooper, who still enjoys strong approval from voters for his leadership qualities (57 percent support) views that he is honest and trustworthy (56 percent support) and that he cares of about voters needs and problems (50 percent).
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.
The poll found the mixed bag of support/disapproval on issues may complicate Hickenlooper’s reelection chances.
Only 45 percent of voters said Hickenlooper deserves to be reelected next year, while 48 percent said he does not.
“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.
The Quinnipiac poll also asked voters about how they feel about potential Republican opponents to Hickenlooper.
In each matchup, Hickenlooper had the majority of support, except against former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo.
Forty-six percent of voters said they would vote for Hickenlooper, while 45 percent said they would vote for Tancredo. Among independent voters the margin was split 46-46.
Facing Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler, Hickenlooper leads 47 – 42 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.