Poll: Obama slightly ahead in Colorado, Romney won debate
October 7th, 2012
03:29 PM ET
10 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. ohioan

    Romney was aggressive, not letting the facts get in his way. Obama as always preferred being diplomatic and failed to go for the jugular. So shouldn't the use of factual data come into play when determining the winner or loser in a debate? Not here, evidently. My conclusion is Romney lied with conviction. The ektasketch is alive and well in the Romney camp.

    October 7, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. CJones

    Well Wes if you can understand what has been going on since this president was elected you will know that on his inauguration night the Republicans said that their main goal was to make sure that this president fail and be a one term president ,so their intention was not to cooperate with anything he initiated, they were not concerned about the economy and the american people. This time around that will not be their goal because he can't run anymore, so they will more than likely cooperate with him, because they will be facing an election in 2014.

    October 7, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. gocitizen

    I am voting for President Obama. Just because you get on tv in a suit and tie, and lie about what you really think, doesn't mean you've change. Romney is unstable. I don't trust him. He has no plans, etc. Just a waste of space.

    President Obama wants to keep us out of war. Romney beats the drums of war. I am in no mood to hear about going to Iran or Syria, etc. Romney won't thank them (the troops), but he'll send them. The president has ended the war in Iraq, is ending the war in Afghanistan, got bin Laden, passed healthcare, saved the auto industry, saved us from going into a Great Depression...Romney stood at a podium an averaged one lie every 90 seconds. No thank you.

    Obama 2012!

    October 7, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. Pkdusterv

    I am a army vietnam veteran the va just gave me a new pair of glasses and new hearing aids and i do pay taxex an i me of the47 percent

    October 7, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. James L.

    How can a liar in the debate for the most honored position in The United States, be called a winner? The rules of civic debate require that no false statements be used to state your position. To do so is called "cheating". Only in American a lying cheat is called the winner!

    October 7, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. Debbie F

    I live in Colorado, watched the debate with a large group of people, have spoken to lots and lots of folks since. While many say that Romney scored many style points, he lost just as many on substance. This poll seems to be pretty reflective of that.

    October 7, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. Ash

    The agreesive Lier Lier and Tax Dodger is not my candidate for a President... how can a guy, any guy, say one thing for 2 years and then turn around in 1 day and say something else altogether? I say NO to liers. I like decent people to win, White or Black... not some body who does not seem to have any decent morals... Romney is just too much of a cheat to have any credibility with independents like me, asking too much to have a fox watch over the country.

    October 7, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. Yonni

    If Romney is elected we will have 5 + Romneys trying to buy our election like their dad and grand did decades to come. We should brace for that when we case our vote for Mitt in this election.

    October 7, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. Thomas

    @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


    Sounds like you miss GW Bush a lot !

    October 7, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. blessedgeek

    I am starting to think that we should vote for Romney.


    Because he is the master hood-winker. Imagine what a master hood-winker would do for the country during negotiations.

    First, he would state a position for Israel and then another to the Palestinians (like the British colonials had done to the Jews and Arabs over Palestine). Then he would gradually mutate his position and then finally he would poke Netanyahu and and Mahmoud Abbas in the eye with brand new position.

    He would negotiate with Iran, DPRK, China, Saudi Arabia, Europe – they will all get poked in the eye. Yes, they better watch out when Romney winks at them because they will not know what hit them.

    But, of course, we have to be certain he would not wink at us first. But how could we make certain? He has already hooded his wink at Republicans and now he is hooding his wink at the rest of us. Can we trust that he would not wink at the nation. I mean, he could say that he raise the jobs in the technology sector and really accomplish that without actually telling us where those jobs would be located.

    October 7, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. Pete

    @toddcourt,it was republicans who sold you out bud,not the president,thats why you're a Dino and a poor one at that.Pres.Obama kept college rates low against the railing of republicans,you knew that right and your Bush I bet you voted for even thou you're a dem says a lot about how you think,more delushional than smart because you gave Bush,also a business man 8 years and look what he gave us.So think before you talk because if you did switch parties stay there ,there's no place for ignorence here Todd!! And keep your ignorence to yourself,you certainly don't want to give it to your kids if they intend to go to college.Hey Todd got $20,000 for your kids college,if Romney wins you'll need it smart guy!!

    October 7, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Wanderer

    I am independent voter. Along with many of my friends who are also independent voters. None of us could deny that Romney did a good job in the debate, but it will not change our mind at all about for whom we will vote. We will vote for the one who is more honest and whose policy will protect the 99%. Romney was good in the debate because he is skillful in flip- flopping but we are part of the majority of Americans NOT that gullible.

    October 7, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  13. Dzee

    Wes..Romney is alot of things..bipartisian isn't one of them. Look at his record in Mass, 30% approval and he didn't work across the isle as he claimed. And Obamacare had to happen, the right wing can whine all day about it, but rates have gone down the past 2 years, that's a first. Romney gets elected 50,000 Americans will die from lack of coverage. Preexisting conditions won't be covered (factchecked and true, Romney lied), and states will have the burden of emergency rooms used to treat basic healthcare needs..it will not work. Pushing Medicare, healthcare, and education down to state levels is a disaster..especially considering most states are bankrupt as it is. This is just the GOP way of gutting/killing these programs and pointing the finger at somebody else..wake up.

    October 7, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    If you think Romney winning the debate is funny, let's see what happens when he becomes President! Oh wait...I know what Romney will do! HE'LL TAKE AWAY OUR LIVES, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS! So if he becomes President, run for the hills and hide because he doesn't care about what you think. He only thinks about the rich and taking away women's' rights and cutting funding for PBS. Anyone who's scared of Romney will vote for Obama, and I can assure you that I will vote for our President again! Not Mitt the narcissistic twit!

    October 7, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. phyllis

    At last weeks debate I watched Romney forcefully and aggressively prove that he will fight to make medicare a voucher program for me when I'm a senior. How can I vote for someone like that?

    October 7, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. Big Munny

    Mediocre Massachusetts governor who saved the winter Olympics with help from the feds and made a lot of money despite starting with a meager million or so. BTW, Where are the winter Olympics this time? It's right ahead of China on the list of government priorities.

    October 7, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. big dawg

    you people are all a bunch of brainwashed tools. romney is leading in colorado by at least 5 pts.

    October 7, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  18. Essie

    Romney didn't fool anyone, but himself & his supporters! Obama was presidential & truthful. We who know better, know that Pres. Obama won on facts & discipline! ~OBAMA/BIDEN 2012-2016!!!

    October 7, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  19. Obama Mama

    @Wes get rid of congress and we get rid of the drag on job creation.

    October 7, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  20. canada

    Obama is going to win.Mitt is bloody lier and should be arrested

    October 7, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  21. Fact

    It's difficult to believe what Former Governor Romney says.

    October 7, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. Craig RB

    In sports only one team wins which doesn't make the other team a bad team. What really matter is who will win the championship in November and I do think that will be Obama. Peoples' minds are made up and a debate won't necessarily change one's mind unless you're one of the vacuous Independents.

    October 7, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  23. reyla graber

    The reason Romney was able to get something donesas Governor, was not because of his political skills, but because he was dealing with relatively reasonable Democrats, who really wanted and do want to do good by the state they're representing. On the other hand Pres. Obama has faced Republicans who have vowed not to give him a second term and have therefore fought him every inch of the way– our country be damned.

    October 7, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  24. ghost

    Romney apologized for the 47% comment before the next debate cause he know Obama would have challenged him and would have forced him to respond in some way. Also lets see what he has to say about don't ask don't tell and the pro live vs pro choice. Let's see who he tries to court this time. I bet he will say something like "although I do respect a womans right to choose I believe in the sanctity of life.." or some bs like that. He will try to court both pro lifers pro choice, gays ,people who don't want gays to openly serve in the military or marry. He will be sippery than a catfish in a mud puddle.

    October 8, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  25. mike271828

    Mitt Romney has now reversed himself yet again, and now says his "47%" statement in the Secret Speech was "completely wrong". Of course it was, indeed, completely wrong: the 47% of Americans Romney was secretly vilifying behind closed doors include almost all of our serving military; most of our veteran; and tens of millions of retirees who worked hard, saved and paid taxes for 40 or 50 years, only to be now trashed by Romney as allegedly being "dependent" moochers.

    But Romney's revelation that all this was "completely wrong" will be hard on the Tea Party fanatics who have spend the time since the Secret Speech arguing, in this forum and just about everywhere else, that Mitt Romney's "47%" statement in the Secret Speech was right and 100% justified.

    But ask yourself this - if the Secret Speech had stayed secret, wouldn't the "47%" lie still be true, according to Romney? The answer is all too sadly obvious.

    October 8, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
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