10/4: CO U.S. Senate Race: 8 Percentage Point Lead for Buck Among Likely Voters

October 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Elections 2010, Featured, Politics

Unelected Democratic Senator Michael Bennet is now facing off against Republican Ken Buck in the race for U.S. Senate in Colorado.  Here’s how the contest stands now.  According to this McClatchy-Marist Poll in Colorado, half of likely voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate — 50% — support Buck while 42% back Bennet.  Two percent are voting for someone else, and 6% are undecided.

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Ken Buck (l) and Michael Bennet

Click Here for Complete October 4, 2010 CO McClatchy-Marist Poll Release and Tables

Partisan politics are alive and well in Colorado.  Among likely voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate, 94% of Democratic voters support Bennet while just 2% back Buck.  90% of Republican voters back Buck while Bennet receives 7% of their vote.  Among likely independent voters, the candidates are more competitive.  Buck is favored by 44% while Bennet receives 43% of their support.

Among registered voters in Colorado, Bennet and Buck are neck and neck.  Bennet receives 41% of the vote compared with 40% for Buck.  Two percent are voting for someone else, and 17% are undecided.

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Table: U.S. Senate in Colorado – Buck/Bennet (Likely Voters)
Table: U.S. Senate in Colorado – Buck/Bennet (Registered Voters)

Candidates’ Intensity of Support

70% of likely voters statewide say they strongly support their candidate.  22% somewhat back him, and 5% might change their mind on Election Day.  3% are unsure.  Looking at likely voters who support Buck, 73% report they strongly support him.  66% of those who support Bennet share a similar intensity of support.

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Table: Candidates’ Strength of Support – Buck/Bennet

Majority For Candidate

54% of likely voters report they are voting for their candidate because they are for him while 39% say they are casting their ballot for their candidate because they are against his opponent.  7% are unsure.  56% of likely voters who support Bennet are for him while 55% of Buck’s backers are voting for him.

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Table: Voting for Candidate or Against Opponent?

High Level of Enthusiasm Shared by 44% of Registered Voters

A plurality of registered voters in Colorado — 44% — report they are very enthusiastic about voting in November’s elections.  A greater proportion of Republican voters in the state — 54% — than Democratic voters — 42% — express a high degree of enthusiasm.

33% of the U.S. electorate are very enthusiastic about casting their ballot on Election Day.

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Table: Enthusiasm to Vote

Split Decision on Candidates’ Favorability

42% of registered voters in Colorado view Buck unfavorably while 40% view him favorably.  18% are unsure.  Looking at Bennet’s favorability rating, 41% think well of him while the same proportion — 41% — perceives him unfavorably.  18% are unsure.

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Table: Buck Favorability
Table: Bennet Favorability

Majority Disapproves of Obama’s Job Performance

Among registered voters in Colorado, 54% disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing in office while 40% approve.  6% are unsure.

Table: Obama Approval Rating

Grim Outlook for U.S. Economy, Say Nearly Half

49% of registered voters in Colorado say, when thinking about the U.S. economy, that the worst is still ahead.  42%, on the other hand, believe the worst is behind us.  9% are unsure.

When it comes to the U.S. economy, voters’ views in Colorado reflect those of the overall electorate.  Nationally, 53% of registered voters think the worst is yet to come while 43% believe the worst is behind us.  4% are unsure.

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Table: U.S. Economy – Will It Get Worse?

Marist Poll Methodology

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One Response to “10/4: CO U.S. Senate Race: 8 Percentage Point Lead for Buck Among Likely Voters”

  1. John H Kennedy, Denver CO on October 4th, 2010 7:05 pm

    Our Colorado Democratic Senate Primary was “compromised to the core”.

    The greatest evil that can be committed by any political party
    is for it’s national leader and state party leaders to conspire to sell out rank and file voters by corrupting the election process,
    in this case, the 2010 Colorado Senate Primary.

    The Greatest Good that can be achieved from the Colorado Senate race
    is Getting Back Our Honest Primaries.

    A partial list of evidence of primary interference by Obama, DNC, DSCC and Organizing For America.

    Gov. Ritter appointed Bennet even though none of the Democratic rank and file recommendation/emails that Ritter asked for mentioned Bennet “even once”.

    Prior to our primary vote:
    Obama endorsed Bennet prior to our Caucus, County Assemblies or Primary vote.
    Obama directly raised Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars for Bennet in Denver.
    Obama Personally Campaigned for Bennet in Colorado and elsewhere.
    Obama caused 460,000 Robo-Calls to be placed to CO Dems with his endorsement.
    Obama Joined a 20,000+ telephone conference call to CO Dems with his endorsement.
    Obama caused thousands of Telemarketing Calls to be made to CO Dems From Washington DC, just prior to the Primary on Aug. 10.

    Our State Democratic Party leaders allowed OFA to officially organize for Bennet and do it out of the State Democratic Party offices.

    The DNC and DSCC gave all their Colorado Senate race money to Bennet, thus financially handicapping Romanoff and removing him from prime individual donor lists and preferential media treatment, A huge “Breach Of Trust” With Rank and File Colorado Dems.

    As one Colorado Democrat said “the Colorado Democratic Party has had its appropriate roles abrogated by the DNC, DSC, OFA, the Executive Branch, and that
    our state primary elections for Congress are, for these reasons,
    compromised to the core”.

    Many Romanoff supporters will be sending a message to Obama and our State and National Democratic Party leaders that we will not tolerate this Theft

    by WRITING IN “Romanoff” or leaving the Space “BLANK”

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