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CO: 2010 Sen (Rasmussen 7/8)

Topics: Colorado , poll

Rasmussen
7/8/10; 500 likely voters, 4.5% margin of error
Mode: Automated phone
(Rasmussen release)

Colorado

2010 Senate
44% Norton (R), 42% Romanoff (D) (chart)
47% Norton (R), 40% Bennet (D) (chart)
47% Buck (R), 42% Romanoff (D) (chart)
48% Buck (R), 39% Bennet (D) (chart)

Favorable / Unfavorable
Ken Buck: 48 / 34
Michael Bennet: 42 / 50
Andrew Romanoff: 49 / 40
Jane Norton: 49 / 42

Job Approval / Disapproval
Pres. Obama: 41 / 59 (chart)
Gov. Ritter: 42 / 57 (chart)

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

It is strange that Romanoff polls better against the more moderate Norton than the far right Buck. I wouldn't have expected that. Once they find out how radically right Buck is, Romanoff may have a shot. Romanoff has been classfied as a socialist which has been a little unfair.

This may be some ethnic stereotypes because he has a Russian name. If his name was Mike Johnson, he may seem like an ordinary run of the mill Democrat. I am sure the GOP will play on his Russian sounding name, and there will be some You Tube videos with the red army chorus.

You never know, but some Washington state Democrats may play with Dino Rossi's name and make him out to be a mobster. They do the worst things in politics sometimes.

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Paleo:

"Romanoff has been classfied as a socialist which has been a little unfair."

And totally untrue.

As for his name, given the Romanoff dynasty in Russia, if anything, it suggests monarchy.

Romanoff is a better candidate than Bennett. Who never should have been appointed in the first place.

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Field Marshal:

Romanoff is a very far-left guy. No doubt about it. Buck and Norton are virtually the same on the political spectrum- to the right. How one gets Buck as far-right and Norton as moderate shows a complete lack of knowledge about the candidates.

Romanoff wont win the primary. Bennett has all the money and support from the DNC. This is actually good for the Dems because at least Bennett has a shot at keeping the seat Dem while Romanoff has none. Once people outside of Denver/Boulder find out how far-left Romanoff is, he will lost by double-digits, guaranteed.

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Sean Murphy:

Uhh Farleft-At this point Romanoff won't even win the primary as he trails Bennett by double digits.

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Farleftandproud:

I thought Romanoff was slightly behind Bennet? It seems strange Benet would win since his unfavorables are lower than Romanoff.

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Farleftandproud:

No way Obama's approval in CO is worse than Indiana. That is nonsense.

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Field Marshal:

Actually, i was surprised that Obama got 41.

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Field Marshal:

And Romanoff is probably further left than Obama (if that's possible). He is way out in leftylalaland. Plus, the fact that he's never had a real job except in government is further fuel for voters to vote against him.

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BigMO:

Far Left,

Why is Obama's low approval numbers so surprising to you? I think that a lot of people have decided that recent electoral gains by Democrats in Colorado signal some sort of massive ideological sea change. It's as though a reliably conservative state started putting something in the water in 2004 and suddenly everybody turned into a liberal. Doesn't make much sense, does it? A much more likely interepretation of things is that a conservative state got tired of inept Republicans so they started electing moderate Democrats like Ken Salazar and pro-life Bill Ritter instead. Now that Colorado Democrats have joined the national party moving leftward into the electoral abyss, the same old conservative state is ready to elect Republicans again.

All of that is to say that, no, it's really not that surprising at all that Obama's approval number is at 41%, lower than most states'. In fact, Obama's approval numbers in Colorado have always been among the lowest in the country. That's because you had a lot of conservatives stay at home in '08 and a lot of right-leaning independents in the suburbs vote for Obama. It goes beyond buyers' remorse--it's simply a case of a repentent red state trying to make things right.

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Nick:

I think in Colorado, the large young liberal leaning population demographic that uses cell phones, and gets missed by Rasmussen's model, probably explains the apparent similarity with Indiana. (A lot higher percentage of liberal leaning 20-35 year olds who tend to use cell phones exclusively in Colorado than Indiana). This sampling error is what gives the Colorado polls a rightward skew to put it apparently on par with an demographically older state like Indiana where there is lower percentage of a young cell phone exclusive population.

True Colorado has conservative bastions, but it also has significant liberal bastions and is a purple state, not a red state.

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Farleftandproud:

Buck is the guy who invited Tom Tancredo to state that Obama and fellow liberals are a threat to our National Security? Everyone cheered!

I hope Buck continues to invite people like Tancredo, Palin and other nutcases to campaign for them.

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Farleftandproud:

Colorado has been fairly Republican historically, but has some transplants from the East who are more moderate; not exactly liberal, but a lot of people I know from CT, upstate, NY, Mass who lean left of center moved to Colorado and love it. Than again, they live more near Boulder or Denver. I have heard Colorado Springs is one of the most conservative cities in America.

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Nick:

The springs is quite conservative, but smaller than Denver. Denver proper is liberal, northern suburbs a patchwork with moderate tendancies, southern suburbs pretty conservative. Boulder liberal. Pueblo Liberal. Ft. Collins was once conservative but becoming more liberal over time. Greeley once conservative- becoming moderate. Grand Junction conservative, Durango becoming liberal, San Luis Valley Liberal. Northern and Eastern Plains Liberal. Mountains a patchwork depending where you are. All and and all its not a red state, its a purple state.

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Nick:

Oops I meant Northern and Eastern plains conservative.

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