Colorado voters don’t much like President Donald Trump — even more of them now than before, according to a new poll out this week.
The latest survey by Keating Research of Telluride found that 64 percent of active Colorado voters had an unfavorable view of Trump; that’s worse than a March poll by the same firm that put his unfavorable mark at 55 percent.
“He’s down to little more than a third — 35 percent — who like him,” said pollster Chris Keating, who has done work for Colorado Democrats such as Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
Much of the decline appears driven by dissatisfaction from independents and Republicans.
About 1 in 4 — or 26 percent — of the Colorado Republicans polled in November viewed Trump unfavorably. That’s worse than the 16 percent who saw him that way in March.
Among unaffiliated voters, about 75 percent said this month they had a negative impression, an 11-percentage-point difference from the 64 percent who told Keating Research in March they had a “somewhat unfavorable” or “very unfavorable” opinion.
Trump’s unpopularity in Colorado tracks with the state’s recent political history. Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, beat Trump, a Republican, in Colorado by about 5 percentage points in 2016, and President Barack Obama won the state in both 2008 and 2012.
At the same time, Trump has faced resistance from Colorado Republicans.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz carried Colorado during the GOP primary, and Colorado delegates to the Republican National Convention were the ones that led a failed bid to deny him the nomination. Two Colorado Republicans, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, said they wouldn’t vote for Trump in 2016 after the release of a 2005 video that showed Trump making lewd comments about women.
Compared to Trump, Coloradans’ opinion of Gardner has stayed relatively level.
In March, 39 percent of active Colorado voters viewed him favorably vs. the 38 percent who had an unfavorable impression, according to Keating Research. Both figures were up slightly in November: 44 percent viewed Gardner favorably, and 40 percent had an unfavorable opinion.
The latest Keating Research poll also showed small partisan differences in enthusiasm ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
Asked to rate on a scale of 1 to 10 their motivation to vote, 74 percent of Democrats answered with 8, 9 or 10 vs. 68 percent of Republicans who gave the same grades.
Keating Research conducted the poll between Nov. 9 and Nov. 13, and the data is based on 500 live-interviewer phone surveys of active Colorado voters. The poll has a margin of error of 4.4 percent, and it included 162 Democrats, 165 Republicans and 173 unaffiliated voters.
Keating said the poll wasn’t done for any client. His firm was given a “B” grade in 2016 by the number-crunchers at the news outlet FiveThirtyEight.