CO Governor Race Still Tight with Beauprez at 46 and Hickenlooper at 44

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 14, 2014 – A new poll by High Point University finds that the race for Colorado governor between incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper and former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez continues to be extremely competitive with Hickenlooper receiving 44 percent support from likely voters and Beauprez receiving 46 percent from those same voters.

“Colorado is one of a number of states where incumbent governors on both sides of the aisle are facing difficult re-election efforts,” says Martin Kifer, director of High Point University’s HPU Poll. “The outcome of this close race may hinge on the energy of partisan efforts aimed at increasing voter turnout rather than any one issue or event.”

 

Likely voters – Governor race

If the election for Colorado Governor were held today would you be voting for Republican Bob Beauprez, Democrat John Hickenlooper, or some other candidate?

Bob Beauprez – 46 percent

John Hickenlooper – 44 percent

Other – 6 percent

Undecided – 4 percent

(Colorado likely voter sample surveyed Oct. 4-8, n = 800 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 3.5 percent)

 

SurveyUSA interviewed 876 state of Colorado registered voters Oct. 4 through Oct. 8, 2014, using Registration Based Sample (aka Voter List Sample) purchased from Aristotle in Washington, D.C. To be included in the sample, a voter needed to have voted in both 2010 and 2012, or needed to have newly registered to vote thereafter. Of the 876 registered voters, 800 were determined to be likely to vote on or before Nov. 4, 2014. This research was conducted 100 percent by telephone. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (72 percent of likely voters) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (28 percent of likely voters) were contacted by live operators, who hand-dialed the telephone, secured the respondent’s cooperation, qualified the respondent, conducted the interview, and remained on the phone until the call was completed. Crosstabs of this study are available at http://www.highpoint.edu/src/files/2014/10/PDF-Colorado-Political.pdf.

Further results and methodological details from the most recent survey and past studies can be found at the Survey Research Center website at http://www.highpoint.edu/src/. The materials online include past press releases as well as memos summarizing the findings (including approval ratings) for each poll since 2010.

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Dr. Martin Kifer, assistant professor of political science, serves as the director of the HPU Poll, and Brian McDonald serves as the assistant director of the HPU Poll.

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