Many Republicans indecisive about major 2010 races

Colorado Republicans are in many cases still deciding who to vote for in the August 2010 primary, according to a poll released Friday.

Forty-nine percent of the 402 Republicans surveyed said they don’t know who they will vote for in the Republican gubernatorial primary, and 21 percent are not sure who they will vote for in the Senate primary.

In the governor’s race, 36 percent chose former Congressman Scott McInnis of Grand Junction, and 15 percent chose state Sen. Josh Penry of Grand Junction.

Evergreen businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes was not included in the poll.

McInnis received a favorable rating from 53 percent of respondents, and 9 percent viewed him unfavorably. Of those polled, 40 percent viewed Penry favorably, and 7 percent did not.

In the Senate race, 41 percent of those polled chose 2006 gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez as their favorite; 23 percent chose Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier; and 15 percent picked Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck.

Of those surveyed, 50 percent had a favorable opinion of Beauprez and 17 percent had an unfavorable opinion of him. Frazier’s favorable/unfavorable split was 16 percent to 7 percent, and Buck’s was 29 percent to 6 percent.

Public Policy Polling of North Carolina, a nonpartisan, for-profit outfit, has released a number of polls this week about Colorado political views, including this one.

Public Policy Polling President Dean Debnam expects opinions to shift out of the “unsure” category as the primary election approaches, particularly in the Senate race.

Friday’s poll surveyed active Colorado Republicans as of Aug. 1 and has a 4.9 percent margin of error, according to Public Policy Polling.

Colorado voter registration numbers show 35 percent of active Colorado voters are Republicans, 34 percent are Democrats and 31 percent are registered with another party or unaffiliated.


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