A press release from Colorado Democrats announces the results of a new poll from Democratic-aligned but reliable Public Policy Polling, showing Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jared Polis opening an eight-point lead over Republican Walker Stapleton:
This morning, PPP released a poll commissioned by the Colorado Democratic Party showing Jared Polis with a 46%-38% lead over Walker Stapleton among likely general election voters, and a 43%-31% lead over Stapleton with unaffiliated voters.
The poll also shows that Walker Stapleton’s statewide favorability rating is 15 points underwater — worse numbers than Trump’s job approval — with a favorable rating of 27% and an unfavorable rating of 42%. Meanwhile, Polis starts the general election campaign in positive territory.
“Jared is in a very strong position heading into the general election as Democrats and unaffiliated voters unite around his bold vision for Colorado,” said Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll. “By contrast, Stapleton’s allegiance to Trump and the special interests that bankroll his campaign has turned off Colorado voters.”
Here’s the details on the poll. There’s very little here in terms of good news for Colorado Republicans, with Stapleton behind outside the poll’s margin of error even though President Donald Trump’s favorability among the same voters is steady at 44%. Folding in leaners shaves very little off Polis’ lead, and the gender gap between the candidates shows that Polis’ lead among women voters is several points greater than Stapleton’s lead among men. Those are all boxes you can check under “good for Democrats.”
Other than the usual carping about the pollster, the only thing Republicans can really say about these numbers is that they could be worse. And, well, we suppose that’s right.