Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper maintains his high approval rating in the Denver metro area one year into his term. A new Ciruli Associates regional poll shows two-thirds of metro voters approve of Hickenlooper’s performance (67%). On the other hand, President Barack Obama has a 45 percent approval, 22 points below the Governor. Hickenlooper has enjoyed high levels of popularity since he began his political career in 2003 when he was elected mayor of Denver, whereas Obama, who won Colorado in 2008, has struggled in the state since early 2010 and may only now be in a slight recovery.
Hickenlooper is most popular in his home county of Denver, but also has high approval in the Democratic stronghold of Boulder, swing county Jefferson County, and even Republican dominated Douglas County. Obama’s approval is exceptional only in Denver.
The survey of the seven-county metro area voters was conducted by Ciruli Associates for the blog, The Buzz, using RDD probability sampling with 500 voters from April 6-10, 2012 (±4.4 percentage points).