Poll shows McInnis leads Ritter in race

A new Rasmussen Reports poll Monday showed former Republican congressman Scott McInnis leading Gov. Bill Ritter 48 percent to 40 percent to be Colorado’s next governor.

A telephone survey of 500 likely voters conducted Thursday showed that McInnis led Ritter by 24 points among men, while the Democratic governor had an eight-point lead among women. Higher-income voters also tended to support the Grand Junction Republican over Ritter.

A similar Rasmussen poll in September showed McInnis leading Ritter 44 percent to 39 percent.

Last week, Rasmussen released a poll that showed former Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, a Grand Junction Republican, leading the two Democrats in the race, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (42 percent to 38 percent) and former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (41 percent to 39 percent).

In the governor’s race, Rasmussen’s poll showed that unaffiliated voters favored McInnis over Ritter by 46 percent to 39 percent.

The same poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent, also showed that 17 percent of Colorado voters had a very favorable view of the governor, while 27 percent regarded him very unfavorably.

McInnis was seen favorably by 17 percent of respondents, while 12 percent had an unfavorable view of him.

Four percent of respondents said they favored some other candidate, while 7 percent said they were not sure. The only other candidate in the governor’s race is Evergreen businessman Dan Maes, a Republican.

Rasmussen Reports collects, publishes and distributes public opinion polling information nationally. Read the full report at rasmussenreports.com.


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