Public Policy Polling
— the same outfit
that couldn't believe the results it was getting from the recall until they proved to be true — has a new poll
out that's chock full of interesting tidbits. It was conducted via automated telephone interviews between Dec. 3 and 4, and reached 928 Colorado voters.
• PPP asked "if there was an election for the state Legislature today," would the respondent go blue or red? 42 percent said Democrat, 47 percent said Republican. Don't mess with Texas (-sized love of guns and cheap energy rates), y'all. "Those numbers are perhaps also indicative of how much trouble Democrats would be in at the top of the ticket next year if the GOP candidate fields were a little bit stronger," Public Policy says.
• Support for gay marriage is running high: 53 percent support it against 39 percent. Even 66 percent of Republicans support civil unions, which were passed last session. Regardless, Colorado is the proud owner of a 2006 constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Smart move, us.
• Only 30 percent of Republicans support raising the minimum wage, but, overall, 56 percent of respondents say $10 an hour is fine with them.
• Peyton Manning
and the Denver Broncos
are enjoying a fairly good year, which may or may not be the case if one über-famous ex-quarterback was still wobbling his way through the season. Respondents agreed, with 76 percent saying they would rather having Manning and 10 percent saying Tim Tebow
. The latter's clear insanity notwithstanding, I have no idea what the remaining "Not sure" 14 percent were thinking.
Hilariously, but not surprisingly, the support for Tebow is split down party lines: 76 percent of Republicans like him, as opposed to 43 percent of Democrats.
• Marijuana is still popular, with 53 percent thinking it should be legal. These numbers sort of lose their import in the wake of Amendment 64
and the federal government's relaxed view of its implementation, but there they are.
And there's a bunch of results about how Hillary Clinton
would fare against different candidates, but who the hell wants to deal with the presidential race already?