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Survey: When it comes to governor, most Colo. voters undecided

Author: Erin Prater - March 30, 2018 - Updated: March 30, 2018

In this 2016 file photo, rolls of stickers in English and Spanish sit on a table for distribution to motorists as they drop off ballots outside the Denver Election Commission headquarters in downtown Denver. (The Associated Press file photo)

A majority of Colorado voters aren’t sure who they’ll vote for in November when it comes to the gubernatorial race, a survey commissioned by Save the Children Action Network recently found.

Sixty-two percent of Republican primary voters haven’t yet made up their mind, and nearly as many of Democrats — 52% — haven’t either, according to the survey, the results of which were released this week.

Colorado gubernatorial candidates U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and former state treasurer Cary Kennedy are neck and neck among the state’s Democratic voters, each with 18 percent of the vote, the survey found. Other Democratic candidates trail far behind.

Among Republican gubernatorial contenders, Stapleton leads with 15 percent of the vote, according to the survey. Coffman came in second, with 7 percent, and other candidates trail far behind.

Among the survey’s additional findings:

  • Republicans trail Dems 42-43 on the generic gubernatorial ballot.
  • More than half — 53 percent — of Colorado voters aren’t happy with President Donald Trump’s job performance. But nearly as many — 45 percent — are pleased.
  • Education appears to be a hot topic among Coloradans. More than two-thirds — 69 percent — of Colorado voters think the state’s educational system, from preschool through college, should be high on candidates’ lists of priorities. More than half — 58% — think public education should begin with preschool, which should be offered to all 4-year-olds.

The survey was jointly compiled by a Democratic and a Republican firm, according to a spokesperson for the Washington, D.C.-based organization, the political advocacy arm of Save the Children.

Erin Prater

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post, MSNBC.com, Military.com and wire services.