10/30: Colorado U.S. Senate: Tossup

In the race for U.S. Senate in Colorado, Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck are neck and neck.

Ken Buck and Michael Bennet

Ken Buck and Michael Bennet

According to this McClatchy-Marist Poll, Buck receives 49% to 45% for Bennet among likely voters including early voters and those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate.  This data was collected from Tuesday, October 26, 2010 through Thursday, October 28, 2010 with five days until Election Day.

Click Here for Complete October 30, 2010 CO McClatchy-Marist Poll Release and Tables

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Colorado: U.S. Senate Likely Voters

Question: If next week’s election for U.S. Senate in Colorado were held today, whom would you support if the candidates are: [If undecided: If you had to decide today, are you leaning more towards:]

Bennet

Buck

Other

Undecided

CO LV Oct. 30, 2010

45%

49%

3%

3%

CO LV Oct. 4, 2010

42%

50%

2%

6%

Party ID
Democrat

94%

6%

<1%

1%

Republican

9%

86%

4%

1%

Independent

42%

48%

4%

6%

October 30, 2010 McClatchy-Marist Poll Colorado Likely Voters including early voters and those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate N= 615 MOE +/- 4%. Totals may not add to 100 due to rounding.

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More Republicans than Democrats Enthusiastic to Vote

Almost half of registered voters in Colorado — 48% — are very enthusiastic about voting on Tuesday.  Conservatives are more enthusiastic than liberals.  Republicans are slightly more so than Democrats. 

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Colorado:  Those Very Enthusiastic to Vote 2010

Question: Thinking about next week’s elections overall, would you say you are very enthusiastic, somewhat enthusiastic, not too enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all about voting in the elections next week?

October 30, 2010

October 4, 2010

CO Registered Voters

48%

44%

Party ID
Democrat

52%

42%

Republican

59%

54%

Independent

34%

35%

Tea Party Supporters

64%

67%

Enthusiasm of Candidates’ Supporters
Voters for Bennet

42%

40%

Voters for Buck

58%

60%

October 30, 2010 McClatchy-Marist Poll Colorado Registered Voters including early voters N= 822 MOE +/- 3.5%.  Totals may not add to 100 due to rounding.

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Key Findings:

  • 40% of registered voters approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing in office.  This is unchanged from McClatchy-Marist’s previous survey.
  • Registered voters in Colorado divide when it comes to the future of the nation’s economy.  46% say the worst of the country’s economic problems are yet to come, and the same proportion — 46% — believe the worst is behind us.  Voters who are pessimistic about the economy and believe it will get worse are more likely to vote Republican.  Those who are more optimistic and believe the worst is behind us are more likely to vote Democratic.
  • A majority of registered voters — 51% — think President Obama inherited today’s economic conditions from the Bush years.  38% say the economy is a result of Obama’s own policies.
  • Likely voters statewide are firmly committed to their choice of candidate.  82% say they strongly support their pick.  83% of likely voters who are behind Bennet strongly support him, an increase from 66% earlier this month.  78% of those who support Buck are strongly behind him.  73% felt this way in McClatchy-Marist’s previous poll.
  • Neither Bennet nor Buck is viewed favorably by a majority of likely voters.  45% view Bennet favorably, and 44% think well of Buck.  Both Bennet and Buck have a negative rating of 48%.
  • Among all registered voters in Colorado, Bennet takes 45% to Buck’s 44%.  In the previous McClatchy-Marist survey, the contest among the statewide electorate was 41% for Bennet and 40% for Buck.

 

 

About The McClatchy-Marist Poll’s Methodology:

Telephone numbers were selected based upon a list of telephone exchanges from throughout the state. The exchanges were selected to ensure that each region was represented in proportion to turnout in comparable elections. In an effort to increase coverage, this land-line sample was supplemented by respondents reached through random dialing of cell phone numbers. The land-line and cell phone samples were then combined.

Complete Marist Poll Methodology

Related McClatchy-Marist Poll Releases:

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