A new poll from the University of Colorado Boulder shows a sizable lead for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis, and also indicates solid support for a pair of ballot measures to tax wealthy Coloradans to finance schools and to force reimbursement for property owners impacted by government regulations.
The “Colorado Political Climate Survey” of 800 registered voters (download here), conducted Oct. 12-17 and released Monday, is from the American Political Research Lab, part of the Department of Political Science at CU Boulder. The poll was administered online by YouGov, a London-based internet market-research company.
The poll gives a 12-percentage-point lead for Polis, the Boulder congressman, in the governor’s race, with 54 percent of registered voters surveyed favoring the Democrat and 42 percent supporting Republican Walker Stapleton, the state treasurer.
It shows overwhelming support for each candidate among members of his own party, but it also indicates a 15-point advantage for Polis among independent voters, who are seen as key to the election’s outcome.
Polis has consistently led Stapleton in public polls. A survey conducted Oct. 8-10 by Colorado firm Magellan Strategies showed the Democrat leading by 7 points, the same spread the polling organization found in a Sept. 18-20 survey. And a poll conducted Aug. 15-Sept. 19 by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation with the Colorado Health Foundation showed Polis ahead of Stapleton by 11 points.
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