The headline should read, “Trump slumps into third place in Colorado.” But not such bad news for the billionaire, according to Time.com reporting on Wednesday. There’s some “Good news for the real estate mogul: The poll is only of voters in Colorado, which won’t matter this year,” since Colorado will not have a preference election. With 25 percent of the vote, Dr. Ben Carson is the clear leader among Colorado Republicans, even ahead of Trump 25 – 17 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
The poll represents the first time the Connecticut-based pollster, Quinnipiac University, did a preference poll of registered Republican voters in Colorado, according to the Denver Post. Also trailing Carson in the Republican race are Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida with 19 percent, the aforementioned Donald Trump with 17 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 14 percent, Carly Fiorina with 5 percent, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky with 3 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 2 percent and 11 percent undecided. In addition, 32 percent of Republicans say they “would definitely not” support Trump, followed by 21 percent who would not support Bush.
In Colorado, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton trails Carson 52 – 38 percent in a general election matchup. In fact, Clinton trails all leading Republican contenders by margins of 11 percentage points or more, the Quinnipiac Poll finds.
“A chilly if not frigid reception for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her second quest for the White House,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “As winter moves into the Rockies, Coloradans say the Democratic front-runner would get bruised and beaten by all the top GOP opponents, and absolutely crushed by Sen. Marco Rubio and Dr. Ben Carson.”
Colorado voters back any leading Republican contender over Clinton by wide margins: Rubio over Clinton 52 – 36 percent; Carson leads Clinton 52 – 38 percent; Cruz tops Clinton 51 – 38 percent; and Trump beats Clinton 48 – 37 percent.
Sanders runs better than Clinton in general election matchups: Rubio over Sanders 52 – 39 percent; Carson beats Sanders 52 – 40 percent; Cruz tops Sanders 49 – 42 percent; and Trump gets 46 percent to Sanders’ 44 percent.
Clinton has the lowest favorability rating of any top candidate in Colorado, a negative 33 – 61 percent. Trump also gets a negative 34 – 58 percent favorability rating.
Colorado voters say 67 – 30 percent that Clinton is not honest and trustworthy and 57 – 37 percent that Trump is not honest. Rubio has the best score for honesty, 58 – 28 percent, with Sanders at 56 – 30 percent, Carson at 57 – 33 percent and Cruz at 50 – 35 percent.
From November 11 – 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,262 Colorado voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points and the survey includes 474 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points and 404 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percentage points.