Despite mixed reviews, poll finds Gov. John Hickenlooper leads GOP opponents for reelection bid

DENVER - Nearly half of Coloradans say Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper does not deserve to be reelected, but the same poll indicates he has small leads over possible GOP challengers.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday put Hickenlooper's approval at 48 percent. It also found that only 42 percent said he deserved reelection.

Hickenlooper leads former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo 46 percent to 41 percent after being statistically tied with him in August. Hickenlooper also has similar leads over the other Republican candidates -- Secretary of State Scott Gessler, state Sen. Greg Brophy, and former state Sen. Mike Kopp.

"Almost half of Colorado voters don't want to give Gov. Hickenlooper four more years, but they seem to like the other guys a little less," the poll's authors wrote.

The poll also showed 55 percent of voters disapprove of new gun restrictions, but overwhelming favor universal background checks.

The poll of 1,206 registered voters was taken from Nov. 15-18 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.