CO-Sen: Quinnipac Gives Bennet (D) A 41/34 Approval But Only 32% Think He Deserves Another Term | THE POLITICUS

CO-Sen: Quinnipac Gives Bennet (D) A 41/34 Approval But Only 32% Think He Deserves Another Term

Quinnipac is out with it's latest Colorado poll and it delivers a head scratcher regarding the U.S. Senate race next year:

Colorado voters approve 51 - 40 percent of the job Gov. John Hickenlooper is doing. Approval is 85 - 9 percent among Democrats and 47 - 42 percent among independent voters, while Republicans disapprove 59 - 30 percent.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet gets a 41 - 34 percent approval rating and voters say 40 - 32 percent that he does not deserve reelection in 2016.

Voters give U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner a 48 - 28 percent approval rating.

With wide partisan and gender gaps, Colorado voters oppose 56 - 39 percent tougher gun control laws. Opposition is 80 - 18 percent among Republicans and 59 - 35 percent among independent voters, while Democrats support tougher laws 76 - 19 percent.

Men oppose tougher laws 69 - 27 percent, while women support them 51 - 44 percent.

Only 26 percent of Colorado voters say the death penalty should be abolished and replaced with life in prison with no chance of parole, while 67 percent say continue the death penalty.

"With James Holmes awaiting sentencing for the movie theater massacre, there is barely a thread of sentiment in Colorado for abolishing the death penalty," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. - Quinnipac, 7/27/15

Quinnipac surveyed 1,231 Colorado voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points from July 9th to the 20th. Seems like a large timeframe to poll people. Might be a more conservative leaning crowd they polled because Gardner's approvals are pretty high. It remains to be seen how this race will evolve and being that the GOP hasn't been able to land a big name candidate like Mike Coffman or his wife, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, this could be a sleeper race or a surprising one. It remains to be seen.