Hickenlooper viewed favorably, Trump less so in new Keating/OnSight Colorado polling

March 20, 2017 Updated: March 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm
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President Donald Trump walks to the White House after arriving on Marine One, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Washington. Trump is returning from a trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Most Coloradans think their state is headed in the right direction and like Gov. John Hickenlooper, but their concerns about Donald Trump seem to be getting worse. That's the takeaway from a new Keating/OnSight Colorado statewide poll.

Fifty-eight percent of those polled said Colorado is headed in the right direction, while 32 percent said it was going in the wrong direction.

That finding mirrors feelings about Gov. John Hickenlooper as he begins the final two years of his eight-year tenure. Pollsters found that 57 percent of Colorado voters have a favorable view of Hickenlooper, compared to 33 percent with an unfavorable opinion.

Trump lost to Hillary Clinton in Colorado by 5 points in November, and the new poll suggests he's lost ground in the state since. There is now a 12-point gap between his favorable and unfavorable opinions, 55 percent to 43 percent.

And 45 percent told pollsters they have a "very unfavorable" opinion of the new president. Democrats have an 87 percent unfavorable view balanced against 83 percent of Republicans who had a favorable view.

The state's largest voter bloc, unaffiliated voters, disliked Trump at a 64 percent clip compared to 32 percent who have a favorable view.

Thirty-eight percent of Coloradans graded Trump's first weeks in office as an "F." Nineteen percent gave him an A and 17 percent issued him a grade of B.

Interestingly, the poll suggested Trump might be hurting the popularity of Colorado's junior senator, Republican Cory Gardner of Yuma.

Last July, Gardner had a 45 percent favorability rate, with 28 percent unfavorable. The new poll puts him at 39 percent favorable and 38 percent unfavorable.

Gardner's first six-year term isn't up for re-election until 2020.

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, who was re-elected in November, fared differently: 51 percent have a favorable view and 29 view him unfavorably, barely changed from last July, when he had a 51-28 percent split.

The poll of 503 active voters was conducted by land-line can cell-phone calls from March 8 to March 13 with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.

Other findings:

- 62 percent didn't believe that President Obama wire-tapped Trump Tower during the campaign, as Trump alleged on Twitter.

- 57 percent disagreed with Trump on calling the press "enemy of the people." Thirty-seven percent of Colorado voters agreed, the poll suggests.

- 60 percent oppose Trump's plan to build a wall on the Mexican border, including 70 percent of Hispanic voters.

- 53 percent opposed Trump's travel and refugee ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

- 47 percent said they were not convinced Trump's campaign was in communication with Russian operatives to influence the election, while 37 percent think he might have. Sixteen percent were unsure.

- 54 percent do not want Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, while 41 percent favored repeal.

- 80 percent favor increasing renewable energy as part of the state's energy portfolio, while 14 percent oppose it, according to the poll.

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