Friday, August 23, 2013

Majority of Coloradans oppose recall

Posted by on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

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Most Coloradans oppose the recall elections of Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron, a new poll from a small university in New Haven, Conn., has found.

Quinnipiac University's poll suggests that Coloradans not only think Giron and Morse were unfairly targeted for recall, but that voters oppose the recall process in general.

Interestingly, the poll also found that most Coloradans agree with those seeking the recalls on a key point — they oppose the gun control laws Morse and Giron championed. That finding runs contrary to a January 2012 Project New America poll, which found 55 percent of Coloradans favored tougher gun control laws.

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Colorado Voters Oppose Recall Effort By Wide Margin, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds 

By wide margins, Colorado voters oppose efforts to recall two state legislators and say 2-1 that efforts to remove legislators when people don't agree with their vote should be when they face reelection, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters say 54 - 35 percent that State Senate President John Morse should not be removed from office because of his support for stricter gun control, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds. Voters also say 52 - 36 percent that State Sen. Angela Giron should not be recalled because of her support for stricter gun control.

Colorado voters say 60 - 31 percent that when people don't agree with a legislator, they should wait for reelection, rather than attempt a recall.

While Republicans support both recall efforts by margins of 2 - 1, only 47 percent support the overall concept of recall, while 42 percent say wait for reelection.

All voters oppose 54 - 40 percent the stricter new gun control laws which led to the recall effort. Democrats support the stricter laws 78 - 16 percent, while opposition is 89 - 7 percent among Republicans and 56 - 39 percent among independent voters. Women are divided on the stricter laws 48 - 45 percent, with men opposed 64 - 33 percent.

"With wide partisan and gender divisions, Colorado voters oppose the state's stricter new gun control laws, but they don't want to recall State Senate President John Morse or Sen. Angela Giron because they supported these laws," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Philosophically, voters don't want a recall election every time they disagree with a legislator. They'd rather deal with it every four years."

Colorado voters support 82 - 16 percent requiring background checks for all gun buyers. Support is strong among all groups.

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