Cory Gardner’s Abysmal Poll Numbers

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) does not fare well in new polling results from Keating Research.

The Denver Post reports today on new polling numbers from Keating Research showing that 54% of Colorado voters would rather save or improve Obamacare instead of eliminating or replacing the healthcare law — numbers that have been fairly consistent among Coloradans. But the more eye-popping numbers come in response to questions about the favorability of Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma):

…the 503 Colorado voters surveyed in the new poll were less than happy with President Donald Trump: 43 percent viewed him favorably, compared to 55 percent who do not like the new commander-in-chief.

It’s a different story for U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican who jettisoned his support for Trump last year and has spent much of 2017 trying to walk a fine line with the new administration on policies ranging from Russia to healthcare — all the while taking heat from Democrats and liberal activists for other issues, such as supporting Trump’s Cabinet picks.

The poll found a near-split on his approval ratings: 39 percent viewed Gardner favorably compared to the 38 percent who viewed him unfavorably.

But Gardner’s efforts to keep Trump at arm’s length may be hurting his support among Republicans. His approval among GOP voters was 63 percent — a far cry from the 83 percent of Colorado Republicans who approved of Trump.


These are absolute horrid numbers for Gardner…and they are also easily explainable. As we’ve said in this space many times, the cardinal sin for any politician is to ignore your constituents, which Gardner has done regularly since the 2016 election. It doesn’t help Gardner that he tries so hard to be all things to all people, but the bigger albatross is his very public decision to avoid having contact with Colorado voters (despite what he has said himself in the past).

When a cardboard cutout is more popular than the man himself, you’ve got problems.

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  1. Moderatus says:

    Democrat pollster. Fake news.

    • Davie says:

      Republican Troll.  Deep vacuum between ears!

    • unnamed says:

      Moldyanus.  Do you ever have anything constructive to say?  Many people feel like Gardner, a Senator in the majority party and in the President's party is ignoring them.  These people are constituents and some of them likely voted for him in 2014.  He's ignoring them and alienating them while courting policy proposals that will likely have a negative effect on their lives.  This shows that Cory's actions have taken a toll on his popularity.

      Do you have anything to say that actually shows some real thought instead of dismissing something that you don't like because, it shows that Coloradoans don't agree with you on a policy position, or an elected official?

      I'm surprised that you don't say it is unfair because Con-Man Cory was the victim of paid protestors.  You know to show your butt-hurt over the fact that Right wing groups wouldn't pay YOU to protest or troll. 

      • Lucy Montrose says:

        I never saw Gardner's so-called charisma in the first place. It takes more than just a smile, people. Whatever little of it he had, it's gone now; as he hasn't shown the slightest interest in making connections with his voters.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Fake news about a fake conservative?

      You got to admit, Moddy, coming out in defense of the expansion of Medicaid has to be giving some of your people a touch of heartburn.

  2. Lucy Montrose says:

    Doubtless that Cory doesn't think of regular Coloradans as his real constituents. They're just not as much fun as oil and gas people.

    That's all the man has ever been: a Koch emissary. 

  3. doremi says:

    Guess it's time for the Denver Post to rejuvenate it's "different kind of  Republican' adulation of Cory.

  4. RepealAndReplace says:

    Wonder if this will lure a real conservative (Tim Neville, I'm looking at you) into running a primary against Cory…….

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