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In Colorado, Obama Moves Back on Top

This week in Colorado, it’s Barack Obama with a modest lead over John McCain.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds the Obama attracting 50% of the vote while McCain earns 47% (crosstabs available for Premium Members). A week ago, McCain had a two-point advantage. Over last four Colorado polls, each candidate has had a slight advantage twice and the two men have never been more than three percentage points apart.

In fact, the race in Colorado has been close since tracking began back in February, with the biggest advantage for either candidate being Obama’s 49% to 42% edge in July. Nationally, the race remains close in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll (sign up for a free daily e-mail update).

Both candidates are viewed favorably by 56% of Colorado voters, but Obama does better among unaffiliated voters.

As for the running mates, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is viewed favorably by 52%, Delaware Senator Joe Biden by 50%.

Forty-eight percent (48%) say that Palin was the right choice for McCain while 36% say that Biden was the right choice for Obama.

Eighty-five percent (85%) see Palin as politically conservative while 56% see Biden as politically liberal.

Rasmussen Reports will release other state polling on the Presidential race weeknights at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Rasmussen Markets data shows that Obama is currently given a % chance of winning Colorado’s nine Electoral College votes this November. At the time this poll was released, Colorado was rated as “Toss-Up” in the Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power Calculator. NOTE: Factors other than the latest Rasmussen Reports poll impact the Balance of Power ratings. The current status is indicated on the table in the upper right corner of this article.

Polling has been released this week for California, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Demographic crosstabs for all state polling data are available for Premium Members. Learn More.

Just one third of Colorado voters (33%) give President George W. Bush good or excellent ratings, while 48% say he is doing a poor job.

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Colorado
Leans Democratic

Latest
RR Poll

RR Poll
Avg.

"538"
Avg.

RR
Mkts.

In
Trade

McCain (R)

47%

46%

44%

Obama (D)

51%

51%

50%

This telephone survey of 700 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 23, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

See Methodology.


Colorado Trends: McCain vs. Obama

Date

McCain

Obama

11/02/2008

47%

51%

10/26/2008

46%

50%

10/19/2008

46%

51%

10/16/2008

45%

52%

10/05/2008

45%

51%

09/28/2008

48%

49%

09/23/2008

47%

50%

09/14/2008

48%

46%

09/07/2008

46%

49%

08/13/2008

47%

45%

07/21/2008

42%

49%

06/17/2008

41%

43%

05/19/2008

42%

48%

04/16/2008

43%

46%

03/17/2008

46%

46%

02/11/2008

39%

46%


Favorable Ratings for Presidential Candidates in Colorado

 

McCain

Obama

Very Favorable

36%

43%

Somewhat Favorable

21%

11%

Somewhat Unfavorable

20%

10%

Very Unfavorable

21%

35%

Not Sure

1%

1%


Rasmussen Reports - Electoral College Balance of Power Summary

Republicans

160

Democrats

173

Toss-Ups & Leaners

205


About Rasmussen Reports

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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.