DENVER - Incumbent John Hickenlooper is leading his Republican challengers in the Colorado Governor's race, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.
Hickenlooper is leading former U.S. Rep Tom Tancredo by six percentage points, 47 percent to 41 percent. The poll found Tancredo is leading Hickenlooper among men 49 percent to 41 percent, but Hickenlooper is leading among women by a large percentage 53 percent to 33 percent.
Against former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, Hickenlooper is leading 47 percent to 32 percent. Once again, the republican is leading among men 47 percent to 40 percent, but more women are supporting Hickenlooper 54 percent to 32 percent.
Hickenlooper up nine percentage points when matched up against Secretary of State Scott Gessler 47 percent to 38 percent. Men back Gessler 46 percent to 40 percent , while women back Hickenlooper 54 percent to 31 percent.
Against State Sen. Mike Kopp, Hickenlooper leads 46 percent to 38 percent. Men support Kopp 46 percent to 38 percent, while women support Hickenlooper 54 percent to 31 percent against Kopp.
“Strong support from women and an edge among independent voters give Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper a solid foothold in his reelection effort,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.
Meanwhile, the top four Republican contenders are looking for a handhold to pull themselves up in the Rocky Mountain State.”
Colorado voters give Hickenlooper a 52 percent favorability rating.
Pollsters said Tancredo gets a split 31 percent to 30 percent favorability, with 38 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion.
Some 65 percent don’t know enough about Gessler to form an opinion while 52 percent don’t know enough about Beauprez and 79 percent don’t know enough about Kopp, Quinnipiac University pollsters said.
The pollsters said they surveyed 1,139 registered voters from April 15 to 21 via cell phones and land lines. The margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.
The primary election is Tuesday, June 24. The general election is in November.
See the full poll results on the Quinnipiac website.