October 19th, 2010
09:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Polls: All tied up in Colorado & Wisconsin Senate contests

(CNN) – Two new polls suggest dead heats in the Senate battles in Colorado and Wisconsin, two states where Democrats are trying to hold onto seats.

A St. Norbert College Survey Center/Wisconsin Public Radio poll released Tuesday indicates that Republican nominee Ron Johnson holds a 49 to 47 percent advantage over Sen. Russ Feingold among likely voters. Johnson's two-point margin is well within the poll's sampling error.

Other recent polls indicated a larger single digit lead for the Republican challenger. According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released last Wednesday, the three-term Democratic senator trailed Johnson by eight points. A Reuters/Ipsos survey also released last week indicated Johnson, a businessman who enjoys the support of many in the Tea Party movement, held a seven-point advantage over Feingold.

According to the St. Norbert poll, 42 percent of people questioned say they approve of job President Barack Obama's doing in the White House, with 52 percent saying they disapprove.

In Colorado, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday indicates Republican challenger Ken Buck has a 48 to 45 percent advantage over Sen. Michael Bennet, with 5 percent undecided. Buck's three-point margin is within the survey's sampling error. Most other recent polls indicated a slightly larger single digit advantage for the GOP nominee.

According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, among the larger sampling of all registered voters, Bennet holds a six-point advantage.

Buck, the Weld County district attorney, was once a long shot in the battle for the GOP nomination, but thanks in part to support from some in the Tea Party movement, he defeated former Lt. Gov Jane Norton, who was recruited to run by national Republicans and was the early favorite in the race.

Bennet survived a spirited Democratic primary challenge from former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. He was appointed early last year to replace Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar, who stepped down to serve as Interior Secretary in the Obama Administration.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted October 15-17, with 600 registered voters in Colorado, including 402 likely voters, questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points for registered voters and plus or minus 4.9 percentage points for likely voters.

The St. Norbert poll was conducted October 12-15, with 402 likely voters in Wisconsin questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error for likely voters is plus or minus 5 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2010 • Colorado • Ken Buck • Michael Bennet • Polls • Ron Johnson • Russ Feingold • Wisconsin
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. CNN watcher

    The GOTea Party keeps getting weaker the more it's candidates open their mouths. There's going to be disappointment for them in November.

    October 19, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Ancient Texan

    Just curious, does anyone believe this poll? Such a miracle recovery in such a short time! Doubt it.

    October 19, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. vic nashville tn

    this election many conservative pundits will be defeat

    October 19, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. Thorn666

    Last year the US Congress for 2009 was eligible for a 4.16 percent cost of living allowance pay raise meaning the average senator / congressional rep got a 4700 dollar or almost a 400.00 per month pay raise.....I do not know yet what this dispicable congress will get for 2010 but 0.0 percent for social security in 2009?????? now if I was getting 1000 per month in SS payment in 2008 my 2009 COLA based on US Congress's COLA ...I should have been receiving 1041.60 per month in regular pay....the government shorted me 499.20 minus 250.00 = 249.20 dollars and of course a percentage of my base of 1041.60 when all I received on base was same as 2008 1000 dollars... so lets assume that Congress gets another 4.16 percent COLA for 2009 then if my base had increased last years like US Congress's did then I should be receiving 1084.93 per month......but some how under OBAMA voodoo econimics I'm still at 1000 dollars base... Mr President STOP STEALING from the SENIOR CITIZENS this also includes the 500 BILLION from MEDICARE per year too ...YOU ARE NOTING BUT A THIEF and A LIAR

    October 19, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    How is that RUDE AWAKENING working for you RepubliCAN'Ts?????? Talk CRAP all summer long and HIDE behind Palin and the Tea Party now it's difficult to SEPARATE yourself from them and they are HURTING you!!! Haven't you heard the LATEST from your LEADER – the PA'IN – she said the GOP will be KICKED TO THE CURB if you don't JOIN THEM!!! ROTFLMAO!!!

    Bow to your NEW leader, GOPers (or are you GOfers?) and let that shrieking voice tell you want to do!!!

    DEMOCRATS – with all of these GAFFS and UPSETS going on now – Ya'll (that's Ebonics) better get it together and continue to STATE the CASE and mean it – UNITE the BASE and be proud of it and remember to VOTE in November 2010!!! Yes We Can!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 19, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  6. pw

    This polling crap is ridiculous have you ask any. Minorities to particpate this polling. I guess not?? You generally poll non-minorities

    October 19, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  7. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Good job Russ in closing that gap. WI don't be deceived by the misinformation, lies and Fox proganda. Feingold is without a doubt one of the best...maybe even THE best Senator because he consistently supports campaign finance reform. Also one of the few Senators not bought off by special interest crooks.

    October 19, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  8. Antwoine Williams

    Great News for Dem's....let go Dems....go get em

    October 19, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. barry

    Polls are not so accurate right now. There will be a lot of drama until Nov. 2nd. Republicans have the house it's just a question of the senate.

    October 20, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  10. 14 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    On November 2nd the voters of these states will decide that they have seen and heard enough of the DemocRATS. Obozocare now has healthcare premiums sky rocketing. Can you say "Bye, Bye DemocRATS!"????

    October 20, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  11. Danny Cali

    Americans need to stand with Democratic Party because we don't want to go back to last 8 years when GOP was President. LET VOTE FOR DEMOCRATIC AGAIN.

    October 20, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  12. LET'S GO DEMOCRATS!!!!!!

    We have to fight their million of dollars, with our millions of voices and votes!!!!!!

    October 20, 2010 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  13. J.V.Hodgson

    I really do think that until after this weekend Polls are not really relevant, especially as many democratic voters in some states appear to be significantly outnumbering Republicans OOOoops! In early voting.
    Yes Democrats need to "Get out the vote" and unlike CNN I remain unconvinced that Tea Party support in swing states favors Republicans in the final vote depending on candidate it could be damaging.
    Some polls referred to above based on 600 or 400 are frankly statistaically pathetic when claiming a 4/ 5% error in the result.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    October 20, 2010 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  14. John Brown

    The choice is very simple. Do you want to go forward? Or going back to Bush era where the billionaire clubs members drove to the white house and deregulated the market and remove the oversight to our Economy. They created the Iraq war to steer people away from the sluggish Economy. What we have now are the results of failed Bush administration. I will not vote for the failed career politician like Christine O'Donnel, Sharon Angle, Miller, Paladino, Whitman, Fiorina, Rubio and many more Republican Tea Party candidates. They are not fighting for little people like me. They are being paid to run for their billionaires buddies. They are Fake!!

    October 20, 2010 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  15. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    are you Democrats really that stupid, O'Donnell was asking a question of Coons or are you really that stupid that you cannot hear,yes you are because it was a bunch of rich paid for lawyer kids living on tax payers money, nothing but jerks and asses and so forth, those that listen to McCain's daughter are just as bad, she is nothing but a sexist blond with looks to get her by that is using daddy's and mommy's money as a platform so she can shake her rear in front of someone, she needs something stuffed in her mouth to shut her up, but that wont do it either and on to the republican national committee, you old rhinos, get off your duffs and start helping out or you can just forget about any money in 2012

    October 20, 2010 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  16. Alistair

    Go Russ Feingold!

    October 20, 2010 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  17. D. Bunker

    Any TPer in Wisconsin who votes against Feingold is a hypocrite, pure and simple. He is one of the few politicians in DC who has consistently stood up for the average American and the principles of our Constitution. He opposed the Patriot Act and he wants to limit banks and other corporate interests seeking to crush the average working American. Voting against him merely proves how easily some sucker teatards can be swayed by propaganda, fear, ignorance and lies.

    October 20, 2010 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  18. Name

    This is just sad. I never thought people would be dumb enough to vote in the same people who nearly destroyed this country into the office. I was wrong.

    October 20, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  19. Riley

    Good-bye to Russ Feingold! It's time for him to be booted out of the senate.

    October 20, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |