-Colorado is the first 'purple' state where we've found a plurality of voters in support of gay marriage. 47% of voters think it should be legal to only 43% who believe it should be illegal. For the most part PPP's state by state gay marriage polling has only found deep blue states in favor of it.
When you expand the discussion to civil unions, 76% of voters support some form of legal recognition for gay couples to only 23% who think there shouldn't be any at all. Even among Republicans 60% support either gay marriage or civil unions.
-Colorado voters are also pretty liberal when it comes to the issue of marijuana legalization. 49% think it should generally be legal to only 40% who believe it should be illegal. Independents think it should be legal by a 54/34 spread.
When it comes to marijuana usage specifically for medical purposes, 68% of voters support it to only 25% that think it should be illegal. Even Republicans support it by a 50/40 margin.
Out of all the states that went for George W. Bush twice and then voted for Barack Obama, I think Colorado is probably the least likely to flip back to the GOP column next year. And the fact that voters in the state think both gay marriage and general marijuana usage should be legal makes me that much more skeptical folks there will choose Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich over Obama.
-Colorado is another swing state where the Tea Party gets very poor reviews, with only 37% of voters saying they support its goals to 48% who are opposed, including a 30/53 spread with independents. Meanwhile they narrowly support the Occupy Wall Street movement by a 41/39 margin. Asked which of the movements they have a higher opinion of, they go for Occupy Wall Street 43/39.
-Democrats lead the generic Congressional ballot in Colorado 46-42, including 40-30 with independents.
-Somewhat amazingly Tim Tebow (+46 at 59/13) already has a higher net favorability rating than John Elway (+43 at 62/19) with voters in Colorado. Tebow is a source of some partisan division though with 77% of Republicans but only 49% of Democrats expressing a positive opinion of him. New Broncos coach John Fox hasn't made a terribly strong impression on voters in the state yet with 39% seeing him favorably to 12% with a negative view, but 49% not having formed an opinion at all yet.
-There's a pretty close three way race among Colorado voters for their favorite college. The University of Colorado wins out with 22% but Air Force and Colorado State are not far behind with 17% each. Colorado College and Northern Colorado at 6% and Denver at 5% round out the field. There's a partisan divide on this issue as well- Democrats prefer Colorado to Air Force 34-7, but Republicans prefer Air Force to Colorado 28-13.
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