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Toplines - 2010 Colorado Governor Race - January 6, 2010

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Colorado State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted January 6, 2010
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

32% Strongly approve
13% Somewhat approve
7% Somewhat disapprove
47% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Bill Ritter has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

14% Strongly approve
30% Somewhat approve
15% Somewhat disapprove
37% Strongly disapprove
3% Not sure

3* 2010 Colorado Governor’s Race

Scott McInnis (R)

47%

Ken Salazar (D)

41%

Some other candidate

2%

Not sure

9%

Scott McInnis (R)

47%

Andrew Romanoff (D)

37%

Some other candidate

6%

Not sure

11%

Scott McInnis (R)

45%

John Hickenlooper (D)

42%

Some other candidate

5%

Not sure

8%

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

Candidate for the CO Governor’s Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

McInnis

22%

38%

15%

11%

13%

Salazar

31%

21%

21%

24%

3%

Hickenlooper

33%

24%

17%

15%

10%

Romanoff

12%

25%

21%

22%

20%

5* To address his state’s serious financial troubles, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is seeking $8 billion in federal assistance. Should the federal government provide $8 billion in bailout funding for California?

7% Yes
72% No
21% Not sure

6* Some analysts say that California may have to file for bankruptcy if it doesn’t receive a federal bailout. If this is true, should the federal government provide bailout funding for California or should it let the state go bankrupt?

21% Provide bailout funding
63% Let the state go bankrupt
16% Not sure

7* Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says California will have to eliminate the state’s main welfare program and cut back on health care services for the disabled and the elderly. He is also proposing a 14% cut in pay for state workers. Should the federal government provide bailout funding so that these steps can be avoided or should California cut back on welfare programs, health services, and the state payroll?

27% Federal government should provide bailout funding
53% California should cut back on welfare programs, health services and the state payroll
20% Not sure

8*Which is a bigger problem in the United States today—that voters are unwilling to pay enough in taxes or that the politicians are unwilling to control government spending?

16% That voters are unwilling to pay enough taxes
71% That the politicians are unwilling to control government spending
13% Not sure

9* Supposed your state faced a choice between filing for bankruptcy, cutting back on services, or raising taxes. Which option would you prefer?

8% Filing bankruptcy
50% Cutting back on services
31% Raising taxes
11% Not sure

10* Generally speaking, how would you rate the U.S. economy these days? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

1% Excellent
6% Good
43% Fair
50% Poor
0% Not sure

11* Are economic conditions in the country getting better or worse?

31% Better
40% Worse
23% Staying the same
5% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence