Poll: Obama slightly ahead in Colorado, Romney won debate
October 7th, 2012
03:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Obama slightly ahead in Colorado, Romney won debate

(CNN) – A new poll in Colorado released Sunday indicates President Barack Obama has a narrow advantage over Republican nominee Mitt Romney among likely voters in the state.

Despite Obama's advantage, the poll also shows Colorado voters overwhelmingly consider Romney the winner of the first presidential debate.

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The University of Denver survey was taken in the two days following the first presidential debate, which was hosted by the university. It shows Obama leading among likely Colorado voters by a slim margin, with 47% support to Romney's 43%, a difference that is within the poll's sampling error.

A CNN Poll of Polls taken before the debate, which averages three Colorado polls of likely voters from September 10 through 18, indicates Obama with 49% support to Romney's 46% in the state.

Following a lackluster performance by the president, a CNN/ORC International Poll right after Wednesday's showdown showed debate watchers rated Romney's energetic performance better than Obama's in their first matchup. Political pundits agreed.

The new survey shows a majority of Colorado voters followed the debate closely - 81% said they watched the debate, and another 14% said they had heard about it. And despite Obama's advantage in the state, voters who watched or heard about the debate said Romney won the matchup by a wide margin - 68% to Obama's 19%.

Of those responding to the survey, 47% were Obama supporters. Of that group, just 37% said the president did a better job at the debate.

According to the poll, 38% of likely voters in Colorado said their impression of Romney was improving. Only 18% of respondents said the same about Obama.

The Colorado poll also shows the president leading among independent voters by a wide margin - 48% to Romney 31%.

Colorado has nine electoral votes and is rated a toss-up on CNN's Electoral Map. The swing state has a large Latino population, a growing demographic whose support both parties are vying for as the weeks wind down to November.

The poll found that 63% of likely Colorado voters favor a policy allowing illegal immigrants who live and work in the United States the chance to keep their jobs with an opportunity to apply for legal status.

Obama's recent immigration policy - allowing some children of immigrants who came to the country illegally to defer deportation by two years if they meet certain requirements - is viewed favorably by a majority of respondents, with 68% supporting the policy.

The candidates will meet again in Hempstead, New York, in just over a week for the second presidential debate. Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden will face off Thursday in Danville, Kentucky in their one and only debate.

The University of Denver poll was conducted on October 4 and 5 via telephone interviews with 604 likely Colorado voters age 18 and over. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debate
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Any one with brain will vote for OBAMA. Do you think people do not know that mittens lied? That mitt the twit is a total nonsense. He lied to American people. Obama12.
    PS: the best president in USA history.

    October 7, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. toddcourt1

    I used to be a Democratic Senatorial District Delegate and this trickle up poverty isn't what I signed on for. Hillary would have done a much better job getting the US back on it's feet and back to work. Obama is no Clinton. What Bill Clinton had Barack Obama couldn't even borrow to get. Clinton had true bi-partisanship, Obama couldn't bribe a vote from legislators, even in the Democratic Senate! We don't need another 4 years of this BS. We don't need a do-over president, we need a do-er. Obama couldn't make a profit in a lemonade stand, he'd give away all the product and earnings and have too much overhead. I want a real businessman to turn our suffering economy into a surplus economy. I want someone who has proven success, and can demonstrate it in his own life. I want the same opportunities for my kids that my folks had for me, I want my kid to be able to find work when he graduates in four years. That's not going to happen under Obama. Anyone who says it will is full of it, just look at his record. Are college graduates able to find work? Hell no. Obama's gotta go.

    October 7, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Peace

    This is quite funny. Romney winning the debate in a place it was held and yet didn't pull it ahead!!! Quite a big lesson. Never try to fool people around, once they hear a person saying something different from what he said earlier, always cuts off the trust in that person.

    October 7, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. n

    Pay close attention to the bias audacity of this statement america, "Despite Obama's advantage, the poll also shows Colorado voters overwhelmingly consider Romney the winner of the first presidential debate". It should read, Despite Romney was voted overwhelmingly, the winner of the first presidential debate, Obama still has the advantage in the Colorado poll taken after the debate. Don't let the lame stream media brainwash you. They are counting on the dummying down of America. And Romney is counting on locking you into his cage of lies.

    October 7, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. DC-is-home

    "The poll found that 63% of likely Colorado voters favor a policy allowing illegal immigrants who live and work in the United States the chance to keep their jobs with an opportunity to apply for legal status"
    ------------------------------------
    63% of the voters huh??? So...out of 604 phone calls in a state with a population of 5,116, 796... – over 5 million people...they polled 380 people who said they FAVORED a policy allowing illegal immigrants wo live and work in the US to stay...nice way to manipulate the voters about what the state of Colorado REALLY thinks...what a bunch of garbage.

    October 7, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Joan

    I watched the last debate on a network that did not have a split screen so I wasn't distracted by the other candidate when a person was speaking. I also actually LISTENED to the comments. As soon as I heard any reporter after the debate talk about how many tweets he had been getting and that he was tweeting too, I knew they had been more concerned with the tweets and hadn't listened to the substance. I turned the station on those journalists. Also, I tuned out the coverage the next day if it was all about Big Bird or body language. If the majority of coverage was about superficial fluff rather than substance and truth, then they weren't credible. I think President Obama was critcized for being presidential and not combative. He will be both in the next debate.

    October 7, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Shirlez

    pre and post debate poll margin is still the same.CNN stop making it look as if Romney gained any new points

    October 7, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. njbchicago

    When your guy sicks, call the other guy a liar. Whatever. Like this President hasn't lied to us over the past 4 years. What about Libya???????? Oh, that's right, they LIED and then TRIED TO COVER IT UP. Liberals make me sick.

    October 7, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. SafeJourney

    First Romney says the 47% statement when he thinks no one but his rich donors can hear it. Then when it gets leaked, he calls a press conference and doubles down on it. Then he writes an op ed article about it and triples down on it. He then goes around the country and calls it "inelegant" but true and continues to say that he stands by what he says, although it was poorly stated. Now Mitt says he was wrong. How totally Ignorant can you repubs be especially when you supported what mitt said. Mitt is making a fool out of all you repubs

    October 7, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. judy

    once all fact checking is done voters will see that dispite doing better in the debate the substance of romneys answers was made up of lies. Pandering to his audience has become romneys standard. Minutes after debate romney team was walking back the distortions that romney told. Lets see if Joe can call ryan out when they debate. They don't call him lying ryan for no reason.

    October 7, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Wes Monroe

    The reason I have decided to vote for Romney is because I think he will be the person to bring Washington together in a bi-partisan way. If Obama is elected we will see more of the same my way or the highway approach to running government............i.e. Obamacare

    October 7, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Wes, you clearly haven't paid any attention to the Republicans over the past four years. Republicans in the Senate gave more filibusters between 2009 and 2011 than the rest of the Senate history combined! Heck, their minority leader said it himself his top priority was to get rid of Obama at re-election at whatever the cost. During the budget negotiations, the Democrats (you read that right) were the ones who gave compromise solutions involving a balance of tax increases and spending cuts. The Republicans were the ones holding up the process because they didn't want the 1% to have a tax increase of any kind. Don't even get me started on Obamacare. If you want bi-partisanship, you are a complete idiot to vote Republican.

    October 7, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Marty, FL

    Romney sadly reaffirmed the perception of him as a flip-flopper, changing positions in the debate from just a few months ago.

    Mitt's numerous lies (unemployment, green industry, oil/gas permits, Medicare, lie of the year death panels, etc.) also revealed Romney as untrustworthy.

    Delivery may be one thing, but honesty and substance ultimately should be the winning strategy.

    October 7, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Ahh, the new liberal mantra...Romney lied...what the 67 mil veiwers saw was a President, whom after months of attacking an opponent on his wealth, his business, and his policies, via campaign speeches and commercials, fail to take him on face to face on ANY of them...only to go out the very next day and accuse him of lying...

    October 7, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Marty, FL

    Wes,
    Unfortunately, Romney has already chosen divisive partisanship with his 47% comments, as well as kowtowing to far-right policies (to get rid of Planned Parenthood, his Bush neocon advisers, Medicare vouchers, immoral Ryan budget taking from the poor to give to the rich, etc.).

    October 7, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. G. Moore

    Ahh,, the new liberal mantra...Romney lied...what 67 mil veiwers saw was a President, whom for the past several months has attacked his opponent on his wealth, his business, and his policies, via campaign speeches and commercials, only to have him fail to comfront him on ANY of them face to face...then go out the very next day and accuse him of lying...

    October 7, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. John

    Obama can "lose" every debate, and I will vote for him over the liar, the flip-flopper, the hater of half the country, the emotionally unstable, bad for business, bad for the military, shipper of jobs over seas, pro-cayman islands, tax cheat!

    October 7, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. jane

    @Wes Monroe: Let me get this straight – because you want to 'bring Washington together in a bipartisan way' you're going to vote for the candidate belonging to the party (Republicans) who decided ON INAUGURATION DAY to do everything possible, no matter if it damages the US, to get the power back and spent the last 3+ years obstructing, lying, and filibustering EVERYTHING? Really? Okeydoke....

    October 7, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. uranus

    Who doesnt know that Mitt is a liar, he is just saying things he doesnt believe. We want to hear from someone who live up what he is saying, but Mitt doesnt have a mind set about he will dor this country. Im still surprise Why there someone people who still want to vote for him after all the lies???He dosent even want to come clear about his program or his taxes , AND HE WANTS MY VOTE????Who he thinks I am??

    October 7, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. yasmine

    ummm so the polls showed before the debate the Pres at 49% and Romney %46 and after the debate which the media has been parading as a Romney win and the people of Colorado also said Romney won...but the polls now show the President 47% and romney %43....ummm??

    October 7, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Indy

    SafeJourney

    First Romney says the 47% statement when he thinks no one but his rich donors can hear it. Then when it gets leaked, he calls a press conference and doubles down on it. Then he writes an op ed article about it and triples down on it. He then goes around the country and calls it "inelegant" but true and continues to say that he stands by what he says, although it was poorly stated. Now Mitt says he was wrong. How totally Ignorant can you repubs be especially when you supported what mitt said. Mitt is making a fool out of all you repubs

    And thats why they call him Mitts 360, he also totally changed his mind on what he has been saying on the campaign trail for the past year and he denied and lied throughout the debate. He did win the debate, but he won it by lying, which is not very becoming or Presidential.

    October 7, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. canada

    Obama is going to anyway. Mitt is the biggest lier ever

    October 7, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. SAGAR RAKSIT

    Trust will be a factor for Romney to reach deals with the congress. It will be factor for him to win the election in the first place because the Americans can not trust him for his secretiveness (not releasing his tax returns, not giving the specifics of his tax plans), his flip flopping (47 percent of American people are moochers and then saying he was wrong when under pressure, Dodd-Frank Law- first against it, now for modifyiing it), his bald-faced lies (Obama taking $716 Billion from Medicare benefits, Death Panel, and many others). He either is a pathological lier or has made Etch-a Sketch his campaign motto. He will say anything to win the election. I would submit that the majority of people who are voting for Romney are not really voting for him because they like him or like his policies, they are actuallyvoting against Obama because they hate him.

    October 7, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Randi

    Winning one debate yet trailing in all the probably-voter polls doesn't win the election.

    October 7, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Obama lost me with the Trayvon Martin debacle. It was then that I realized what a divisive leader he was – and that is how he will try to conquer. He is a failure – and the debate proved it. Without someone to write his speeches and retorts – and furthermore, wtihout a teleprompter – he is clueless. Our "picker" was broken in 2008, but no longer! Romney/Ryan for True Progess!

    October 7, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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