PPP Poll: Colorado Getting Redder

Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013 01:15 PM

By Lisa Barron

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Democrats are not faring too well these days in Colorado.

On the heels of polls indicating that both Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall are vulnerable to Republican challengers in 2014, a new survey found Republicans leading the state legislative ballot as well.

Public Policy Polling showed the GOP with an advantage of 47 percent to 42 percent over Democrats in a generic statewide ballot, and a lead of 41 percent to 30 percent among independents.

Democrats could also find themselves in trouble in the Centennial State come the presidential election in 2016, the poll finds.

Likely candidate Hillary Clinton polls behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 39 percent to 46 percent, and trails Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul 45 percent to 47 percent. She has an advantage of 48 percent to 45 percent over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and 47 percent to 43 percent over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

The poll also found that a year after Colorado legalized marijuana, 53 percent of voters still think use of the drug should be legal, compared to 38 percent who think it should be illegal.

Fifty-six percent favor raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour, compared to 33 percent who are opposed. Among Republicans, less than one-third — 30 percent — support the move and 56 percent do not, while among Democrats, 84 percent are in favor and 9 percent are opposed.

Colorado also seems ready to join the growing list of states that allow gay marriage, with 53 percent saying they would favor the move and 39 percent opposed. Colorado currently allows civil unions but stops short of giving full marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Colorado residents made their views on gun control abundantly clear in September, recalling two Democratic state senators who voted in favor of legislation to restrict gun use.

The PPP automated telephone survey of 928 Colorado voters, including 355 usual Republican primary voters, was conducted Dec. 3-4.

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