McInnis says he’s leading rival Penry in poll
By GARY HARMON
The campaign of former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis is crowing about a telephone poll that shows him with more than double the support among Republicans than his opponent and onetime aide, Josh Penry.
The survey of 1,649 Colorado Republican primary voters taken Sunday showed 34 percent saying they would vote for McInnis if the election were that day. Eleven percent said they would vote for Penry, a Grand Junction state senator and Senate minority leader, and 6 percent said they would vote for Dan Maes of Evergreen.
Nearly half, 49 percent, were undecided.
Penry threw cold water on the survey, pointedly noting that “early name ID is a poor predictor of Election Night victory. Just ask President Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
The poll by Magellan Mapping and Data Strategies was commissioned by the McInnis campaign, said David Flaherty of Magellan.
The results represent a response rate of 10 percent, Flaherty said.
The poll showed McInnis with 80 percent name identification and a 40 percent favorability rating against a 7 percent unfavorability rating, according to the poll results.
Penry had a 51 percent name identification and 18 percent favorability rating against 5 percent unfavorability.
For Maes, 43 percent recognized him, and 10 percent had favorable impressions against 5 percent unfavorables, the survey said.
McInnis’ most narrow lead over Penry was on the Western Slope, 18 percent. The largest was 28 percent on the south side of the state, Magellan said.
The survey has a margin of error of 2.4 percent at the 95 percent confidence interval, Magellan said.