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Colorado poll shows high marks for Polis, leads in theoretical Nov. races for Hickenlooper, Biden

Keating-OnSight-Melanson poll conducted May 1-3
John Hickenlooper 2019
Posted at 6:05 PM, May 06, 2020

DENVER – A Colorado poll released Wednesday shows John Hickenlooper leads Cory Gardner and Joe Biden leads Donald Trump by wide margins if the General Election were held today and that Gov. Jared Polis has seen an increase in popularity since last year.

The poll from Keating Research, OnSight Public Affairs and Mike Melanson – Democratic firms and a former Hickenlooper campaign staffer – polled 600 Coloradans in an online survey between May 1 and 3, with a margin of error of ±4%. Click here to view the crosstabs.

It is the first poll released by the firms since October and shows some change in viewpoints of Coloradans on the president, this year’s U.S. Senate race, and the response by Polis and other officials to the COVID-19 outbreak. It was based on likely November voters and weighted toward demographic voting trends.

President Trump’s favorability is at its lowest point in three years, according to polling from the firms. In the latest survey, 37% of respondents said they viewed him favorably, compared to 62% who view him unfavorably. That gap increased from 38% favorable-60% unfavorable last October.

Fifty-nine percent of respondents said they disapproved of the job the president is doing in his handling of the coronavirus, compared to 34% who approved.

And if Trump faces former Vice President Joe Biden, currently the presumptive Democratic nominee, in November, the poll indicates he would lose. Fifty-five percent of respondents to the poll said they would lean Biden, compared to 36% who said they leaned toward voting for Trump.

Gardner is viewed more favorably (37%) than he was in October (34%), according to the poll. But a greater share of respondents also said they viewed him unfavorably (53%) than did in October’s poll (45%).

The poll also asked respondents if they would vote for Gardner or former Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is one of two possible Democratic nominees at this point, in a theoretical November matchup between the two.

Fifty-four percent of respondents said they were leaning toward voting for Hickenlooper, compared to 36% who said they were leaning toward a vote for Gardner.

Polis’ favorability jumped considerably from last June, when 50% of respondents said they viewed him favorably, compared to 35% who said they viewed him unfavorably. In the latest survey, 66% of respondents said they viewed him favorably, compared to 30% who view him unfavorably.

And the people polled have overwhelmingly agreed with the governor’s actions in response to COVID-19, with 71% saying they approve of his handling of the outbreak, compared to 19% who said they disapproved.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents said they approved of Polis lifting the statewide stay-at-home order and implementing the safer at home phase, compared to 21% who opposed the move.

In Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver and Jefferson counties, 78% of the 283 respondents said they supported those counties extending their stay-at-home orders through the end of this Friday.

And 78% of respondents said they believed people should be required to wear a mask or face covering when they go into a store, bank or workplace.