KUSA - Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado) faces some hurdles in his run for re-election, a survey of Colorado voters released Friday shows.
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Just 45 percent of respondents said the governor deserves re-election next year, with 48 percent saying that he does not.
The poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found serious vote dissatisfaction over Hickenlooper's handling of gun policy and the death penalty, a finding that validates GOP criticism of the governor this year.
Voters disapproved of Hickenlooper's handling of the death penalty by a margin of 48 - 27 percent and his handling of gun policy in a 52 - 35 percent divide.
"On both guns and the death penalty, I believe this poll reflects a reality that the Democrats and Gov. Hickenlooper are seeing, and that's that people feel they've overreached," 9NEWS Republican political expert Ryan Frazier said.
They did give him higher marks on his handling of the economy, approving 50 - 41 percent.
The survey also found high marks for also gave high marks on leadership qualities (57 - 38) and trustworthiness (56 - 35.)
None of the Republican challengers lining up against Hickenlooper are beating the governor in the polls, though Tom Tancredo currently fares best.
The poll found a statistical tie: Hickenlooper 46 - Tancredo, 45.
The governor enjoyed more comfortable leads against other notable GOP contenders, leading current Secretary of State Scott Gessler 47 - 42 percent and leading State Senator Greg Brophy 47 - 40.
"He is indeed vulnerable, there's no question about it," 9NEWS Democratic political expert James Mejia said. "And frankly more vulnerable than we thought he would be at this point as the incumbent."
In perhaps a further sign of validation of the GOP's anger over this year's lawmaking session, the state legislature garnered only a 37 percent approval rating in the survey.
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