Survey reveals tight Colo. race, voters’ opinions

DENVER, COLO., (KRQE) – A new Rasmussen Reports survey shows the U.S. Senate Race in Colorado remains tight following last’s week’s primaries.

According to the survey, Democrat Mark Udall has 43 percent of the vote and Republican Cory Gardner has 42 percent. Those who prefer another candidate make up 6 percent of voters, while undecided voters make up 9 percent.

The survey was conducted June 25 and 26 and included 750 likely voters.

Surveys also show:

Voters Still Strongly Favor Consumer Choice When It Comes to Health Insurance
Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
  • Attitudes toward the new national health care law are largely unchanged this week, with just over half of voters still viewing it unfavorably and support for individual choice when buying health insurance remaining high.
  • The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters share a favorable opinion of the health care law, while 51% view it unfavorably. This includes 19% with a Very Favorable opinion and 38% with a Very Unfavorable one.
  • Most voters have had an unfavorable opinion of the law in weekly surveys since the beginning of last year. Favorables have ranged from 39% to 45% during that period, while unfavorables have run as high as 58%.
  • Forty-three percent (43%) believe the government should require every health insurance company and plan to cover the exact same set of medical procedures. That’s down one point from 44% in May, which marked the highest level of support since regular tracking began in January 2013. Thirty-five percent (35%) still oppose government-mandated levels of care, consistent with surveying for much of this year. Twenty-two percent (22%) are undecided.
  • With most voters convinced that the cost of health care will go up under Obamacare, it’s not surprising to find that 69% of voters still believe individuals should have the right to choose between different types of health insurance, including some that cost more and cover just about all medical procedures and some that cost less while covering only major medical procedures. Sixteen percent (16%) disagree, while just as many (15%) are not sure.
  • Eighty-three percent (83%) say individuals should have the right to choose between different types of health insurance, including some with higher deductibles and lower premiums and others with lower deductibles and higher premiums. Only seven percent (7%) oppose this kind of choice.
  • Support for this kind of health insurance choice has changed little in surveys for the last year-and-a-half.
30% Think Economic Conditions Improving
Survey of 1,500 American Adults
  • The Rasmussen Consumer Index dropped a point Monday to 102.7. Consumer confidence is down a point from a week ago, but is up one point from a month ago and three months ago.
  • The Rasmussen Investor Index sunk two points on Monday to 120.1. Investor confidence is down three points from a week ago, but up five points from a month ago. Investor confidence is up three points from three months ago.
  • Thirty percent (30%) of adult consumers believe that economic conditions in the US are improving these days, while 43% think the economy is getting worse.
  • Investors are slightly more confident: 37% think economic conditions are getting better, and 38% say conditions are worsening.
 Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Survey of 1,500 U.S. Likely Voters
  • Obama: Strongly Approve: 24%… Strongly Disapprove: 38%… Index: -14… Total Approval: 49%…
71% Think IRS Likely to Have Destroyed Emails to Hide Guilt
Survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters
  • Most voters think it’s likely the IRS deliberately destroyed e-mails about its investigations of Tea Party and other conservative groups to hide its criminal behavior. Two-out-of-three now believe IRS employees involved in these investigations should be jailed or fired, and most suspect the agency of targeting other political opponents of the Obama administration.
  • A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that the Internal Revenue Service broke the law when it targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups.  That’s up from 49% earlier this year and back to the level seen last September. Little changed from the early surveys are the 22% who think the IRS did not break the law. Slightly more (25%) are not sure.
  • Just after the IRS’ behavior was exposed in May of last year, 57% of voters said those involved should be jailed or fired. Now 66% feel that way, including 30% who say they should be jailed and 36% who think they should be fired. Sixteen percent (16%) believe the guilty should be formally reprimanded. Eleven percent (11%) say no disciplinary action should be taken against those involved in targeting the conservative groups, up from seven percent (7%) in May 2013.
  • Although the IRS’ activities have been under investigation for over a year now, the agency recently announced that it had destroyed many of the e-mails related to the targeting of the Tea Party and other conservative groups as part of its routine procedures. But 71% of voters think it is likely that the e-mails were deliberately destroyed to hide evidence of criminal activity with 53% who consider it Very Likely. Just 18% say it’s not very or Not At All Likely that the e-mails were destroyed to hide criminal activity. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.
  • Fifty-seven percent (57%) also believe it’s likely that the IRS has targeted other political opponents of the Obama administration. Just 26% consider this unlikely. This includes 37% who say it’s Very Likely other opponents were targeted and 12% who say it’s Not at All Likely. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.
Election 2014 – Colorado Senate: Udall (D) 43%, Gardner (R) 42%
Survey of 1,000 Colorado Likely Voters
  • The U.S. Senate race in Colorado remains just as tight as it was before last week’s uncontested primary elections.
  • A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Colorado Voters shows incumbent Democrat Mark Udall with 43% of the vote to Republican Cory Gardner’s 42%. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate in the race, while nine percent (9%) are undecided.
  • It was also a one-point race back in March, when Udall had 42% support to Gardner’s 41%.
  • Neither candidate faced a challenge in their June 24th party primaries, and both now earn 83% support from voters in their respective parties. Among voters not affiliated with either political party, Gardner leads the incumbent 41% to 36%.
  • National Republicans are heavily supporting Gardner, a U.S. congressman since 2011, in hopes of grabbing the seat from a vulnerable incumbent. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to take control of the Senate. Udall was elected to the Senate in 2008 with 53% of the vote after serving 10 years in the House of Representatives, but he has been heavily criticized for his support of the new national health care law and his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Udall is viewed Very Favorably by 22% of Colorado Voters and Very Unfavorably by 29%. For Gardner, Very Favorable reviews are at 19% and Very Unfavorables are 25%. Ten percent (10%) still have never heard of the GOP challenger, but that’s down from 19% in March.
  • At this point in an election cycle, Rasmussen Reports considers the number of people with a strong opinion more significant than the total favorable/unfavorable numbers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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