GOP-leaning pollster Rasmussen Reports’ poll of the Colorado gubernatorial race today:
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters finds Democrat John Hickenlooper, the mayor of Denver, with 36% support. Republican Dan Maes captures 24% of the vote while Tom Tancredo trails with 14%. Support for both Hickenlooper and Maes is down seven percentage points from two weeks ago while Tancredo’s support is down four points.
Six percent (6%) of Colorado voters prefer some other candidate and twenty percent (20%) are undecided. The undecideds are up fifteen points from earlier in the month. Twenty-four percent (24%) of Republicans are undecided along with 14% of Democrats and 21% of unaffiliated voters.
The prevalent feeling on this poll in most media is that “all three candidates” have “lost support,” and surficially that’s the case–Rasmussen’s poll two weeks ago had John Hickenlooper at 43%, Dan Maes at 31%, and Tom Tancredo at 18%, a consistent decline obviously more attributable to greater indecision among surveyed voters than it is any one candidate peeling support from another. Maes would really prefer to see those Tancredo supporters moving into his column instead of ‘undecided,’ but it’s reasonable to assume that few of those voters would ever support Hickenlooper. Hick, in turn, could be seeing signs of apathy from his own base in these poll results, as he arguably hasn’t done much to motivate core Democratic voters.
In both cases, you can spot dynamics at work pointing to undermotivated partisans: Hickenlooper’s base Democrats unenthusiastic about his centrist message, and Republicans with very little chance of a successful outcome regardless of who they choose–and who don’t know which way to turn.
But there is one big difference between the three candidates as polled here that you can’t miss or downplay. We’ve come back to it again and again, both in terms of gleaning useful information from early polls, and why Democrats aren’t worried about Hickenlooper in general: apathetic base or no.
Hickenlooper is viewed Very Favorably by 29% of voters in the state and Very Unfavorably by 18%.
For Maes, Very Favorables are 7% and Very Unfavorables are 17%.
Ten percent (10%) have a Very Favorable opinion of Tancredo, but 35% view him Very Unfavorably.
Hickenlooper’s durable likability is what most observers believe will carry him when few other factors are seemingly in his favor: despite furious attempts to link Hickenlooper to the slate of issues Republicans believe are lethal to Democrats, it’s just not sticking–and not merely because Hickenlooper is depriving them ammunition by running to the center. People resiliently like the guy, and as that affable image contrasts against the raging Tancredo and clueless Maes in the coming weeks, this race moves closer to what remains its basically inevitable conclusion.
The same GOP pollster who had Ryan Frazier with a one point lead has Hick in a landslide.
But Caplis says that Hick is a radical leftist. I’m so confused.
Only a lefty would support bicycles.
Righties support Historic Motorcycles at The Reagan Library
or maybe bicycles also Touring Ronald Reagan Library
Now, I am confused. Are bikes only for commies or not?
He’s such a smarmy tool, too.
And the answer to “are you likely to vote in November” is coming back more often as a “yes,” from people who really haven’t been paying close attention.
Given the polarized debate for the past year or so, this seems right to me. A lot of people who have been intentionally tuning it out are starting to pay attention.
Around Labor Day. The difference this year is tea party types have been engaged already.
It’s not likely that 3 weeks ago 5% of voters were undecided and now 20% are undecided. This looks more like a change in question wording than anything else, but Rasmussen won’t show us the actual question wording on their head to heads. It’s easy to claim that Rasmussen is Republican leaning, but this is really just another example of questionable polling methodology.
there will be an exodus that sets Colorado back a generation or two.
I guess the same could be said for 60 & 61.
R’s: where can we move with lower taxes and better run gov’t?
D’s: where can we move with more jobs, better funded schools a similar cost of living, climate and recreational friendly?
It’s not that far.
severance tax pays for lots of services.
one of MADCO’s criteria, but don’t everyone move at once.
You know, where the severance tax on one segment of the economy – extraction of oil and gas – is so big that everyone gets a check .
However, the high unfavorables on Tancredo will either convince him to drop out, or else no one will vote for him. And the conclusion is far from inevitable; a large number of voters are undecided (even if they have a nominal preference at this point) and a lot of it will come down to the debates. Maes will probably do at least as well as the Looper in them – he’s a likeable guy. That, combined with the prevailing anti-incumbent wave could still put Maes over the top.
quite important to the Beej’s self-image.
What history has bjw read?
who seriously thinks bicycles are a UN plot? — and, indeed, who thinks the UN hatches plots?.
Who cheats on his mileage forms and other campaign laws.
and I don’t know how to tell you this, Beej, but Hickenlooper ain’t the imcumbent. Google Bill Ritter when you can tear yourself away from your Bible studies…
And if the beej is really counting on the debates to swing voters in his candidate’s favor, well, everything else he knows is faith-based, so at least he’s consistent.
Gubernatorial debate game: Do a shot every time Maes winks at the camera.
1 PBR for every malaporposm (eg nuculer. betcha)
1 shot for every math error (increase services, decrease taxes and staff)
3 PBR’s for every wink
She creamed Biden. (Ah Biden – the laughingstock of the world. Maybe the subject of a good diary sometime.)
That debate with Katie Couric…harsh.
Poor Katie and her small minded bigotry.
so was Neanderthal man
in debates Hick will win, Tanc will far surpass Maes. in election Tanc will get more votes than Maes. Hick may not get a majority but that will only be because there are these 3 and obviously a lot of uninformed voters.
Global warming was a hoax.
Nobody likes Hick; somebody will beat him.
So yes, he is an incumbent. Neither of the other two candidates hold elected office.
“Incumbent” refers to the current officeholder – not just any random politician who happens to be in office. Hickenlooper is the incumbent mayor of Denver (which I don’t think is what you meant) and Ritter is the incumbent governor of Colorado (which is what was being discussed). Just sayin’.
You thought I thought Hickenlooper was actually our governor?
Student of History. Mathematician. And apparently ‘Logician’ and ‘Semanticist’ as well.
Hickenlooper holds elected office right now (mayor of Denver).
He is an office holder.
But there is a difference, and yes, you used the term incorrectly. An incumbent is a person that holds the office for which s/he is running. It means nothing else.
You are wrong. Again. And as usual you will neither admit it nor recognize it. So carry on in your unicorn love, my little ‘mathematician,’ ‘student of history’ and ‘philosopher.’
holding an indicated position, role, office, etc., currently: the incumbent officers of the club.
obligatory (often fol. by on or upon): a duty incumbent upon me.
Archaic. resting, lying, leaning, or pressing on something: incumbent upon the cool grass.
the holder of an office: The incumbent was challenged by a fusion candidate.
British. a person who holds an ecclesiastical benefice.
#4 is the definition that applies here, and it is exactly what I said it was.
I fail to understand why you put quotes around those three terms, and why you don’t put them around ‘unicorn lover’.
Because I think your credentials for unicorn lover are more established. Whereas your other claims I find a bit fantastical.
Dan Maes is running for Mayor of Denver. I give up on explaining this to you.
#4 Does not say what you think it does.
Rather it implies the ‘fusion candidate’ is running against the incumbent (i.e. the candidate currently holding the position for which the fusion candidate is running.)
But no matter. I have never seen indication that basic facts are within your grasp.
You can’t argue details with a person who doesn’t even grasp basic concepts.
Not the definition.
so you don’t really need to learn anything BJ
You know the rest.
those with least knowledge and experience often learn by imitating their betters. Good effort
Neanderthal man evolved, he was not created
In what regard do you feel you are my “better”?
And so was Voyageur. Unless you think Buck has to worry since he’s incumbent, too.
Bennet is the incumbent.
But yes, Bennet is the incumbent senator.
trying to educate him in such a simple concept. This will forever after be the perfect example of his stubborn willful ignorance.
Beej, you have made it crystal clear that if ColPols were a village, you would definitely be the incumbent Idiot. Does admitting you were wrong take something away from you?
Sometimes, the difference between “the” and “an” is huge.
That’s it? Did my article offend your delicate sensibilities? It must be that Letters degree, right?
You’ve proven in comment after comment that Letters degrees are free with purchase at whatever madras you’re attending. You certainly couldn’t have actually earned it! There has been frighteningly little proof of it.
Oh my side hurts from laughing. You’re pathetic.
I love it. Yet Tancredo has the gall to say he’s more electable. And his shill Peter Boyles is doing everything he can to destroy both Hickenlooper and Maes – apparently to little effect.