Poll: Beauprez could take Bennet’s seat in Senate

A new poll shows former congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez winning a 2010 showdown with Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., in a figurative matchup.

The poll, conducted by nonpartisan North Carolina outfit Public Policy Polling, showed Beauprez leading Bennet 42 percent to 39 percent. The poll of 969 Colorado voters has a 3.2 percent margin of error, Public Policy Polling said.

Beauprez has not announced he’ll run for the Senate. Two Republicans who have announced a 2010 bid for Bennet’s seat — Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier — likely would lose against Bennet if the election were held today, according to the poll. The survey shows Bennet leading Frazier 38 percent to 33 percent and leading Buck 39 percent to 35 percent.

Thirty-one percent of voting Coloradans approve of the job Bennet is doing in Washington, D.C., according to the poll. The poll found 38 percent of voters disapproved of Bennet’s performance, and 31 percent had no opinion on Bennet during the polling period of Aug. 14-16.

Thirty percent of people polled had a favorable opinion of Beauprez, while 40 percent viewed him unfavorably.

Eleven percent of poll respondents had a favorable opinion of Frazier, and 19 percent found him unfavorable. Buck received 17 percent favorable responses and 18 percent unfavorable.


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