According to a new poll by former Colorado Democratic Party Chair and pollster Floyd Ciruli (yes, Floyd, we know, you’re an independent now), embattled Democratic U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is flopping with Denver Metro voters. In fact, his approval numbers are at 49%. Ouch. See the chart below courtesy of Floyd Ciruli:
To put this in context, Governor John Hickenlooper has a 61% job approval rating, and President Barack Obama is at 57%. Ciruli surveyed 600 likely voters in the Denver metro area with a margin of error of four percentage points. Half of the sample of 300 likely voters has a margin of error of 5.6 percentage points.
But, here is the real issue, as described by Ciruli:
“The metro area produces more than half (56%) of the state’s vote and about 65 percent of the statewide vote for Democrats, so rolling out of those seven counties with a big margin is a Bennet priority.”
If Bennet can’t even close the deal with the metro Denver voters – where he needs a large margin – he is in real trouble statewide.