Updated: April 23, 2014 at 7:23 am
DENVER — A new poll shows that Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has a comfortable lead over his potential Republican challengers, backed by support from women and unaffiliated voters.
The poll from Quinnipiac University released Wednesday found that 52 percent of Colorado voters approve of the job Hickenlooper is doing. Voters also gave him a narrow vote of confidence for another term, with 47 percent saying he deserves re-election and 43 percent against it.
The poll indicates Hickenlooper's closest Republican rival is former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, where the Democratic governor leads 47-40 percent. The poll shows women backing Hickenlooper 53 percent to 34 percent.
"Strong support from women and an edge among independent voters give Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper a solid foothold in his re-election 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."
Also in the poll, Hickenlooper beats Secretary of State Scott Gessler, 48 percent to 38 percent; former Sen. Mike Kopp, 47 percent to 38 percent; and former Congressman Bob Beauprez, who entered the race last month, 48 percent to 39 percent.
The poll, taken from April 15 to April 21, surveyed nearly 1,300 registered voters and has a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.