-The recalls of two Democratic State Senators in September weren't an anomaly when it comes to how Colorado voters are feeling about the state legislature. Republicans lead the statewide generic legislative ballot by a 47/42 margin, including a 41/30 advantage with independents. 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.
-Colorado legalized civil unions earlier this year but voters in the state are ready to take the next step and make gay marriage legal too. 53% think it should be allowed to just 39% that think it should continue to be illegal. Among voters under the age of 45 it's a 60/32 spread in support of legalizing it. 80% of voters in the state at least support civil unions, compared to only 18% who think there shouldn't be any legal recognition at all for same sex couples. Even with Republicans there's 66% support for civil unions.
-A little over a year after Colorado voters decided to legalize marijuana it doesn't look like they're having any second thoughts about that choice. 53% continue to think marijuana usage should be legal, compared to only 38% who believe it should be illegal.
-As we're finding most places there's strong support in Colorado for raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour. 56% favor it to only 33% who are opposed. It has overwhelming support from Democrats (84/9), strong support from independents (53/33), and even wins favor from about a third of Republicans (30/56).
-On the eve of the 2012 season we found that 55% of voters supported having Peyton Manning as the Broncos' quarterback, but that 22% still preferred to have Tim Tebow. With almost two seasons in the books there's now a lot less doubt about who folks want in that slot- 76% say they support Manning as the team's QB to only 10% who still prefer Tebow. Manning has a pretty stratospheric 73/5 favorability rating in the state. Tebow is still very popular with a 59/21 favorability rating. There's big party split with Republican giving him a 76/12 rating but Democrats only a 43/28 one.
Broncos' fans unsurprisingly are pretty thrilled with the job John Fox is doing as their coach. 86% approve of the job he's doing to only 4% who disapprove. That's even slightly better than the 83/5 approval rating we found for Bill Belichick with Patriots fans in September.
-Colorado's college football loyalties are pretty closely divided three ways with 26% saying they're Colorado State fans, 25% for Colorado, and 21% for Air Force. There's a partisan divide on that with Air Force winning among Republicans, Colorado among Democrats, and Colorado State among independents. Fans of all three schools are relatively happy with the job their coaches are doing, to the extent that they have opinions about it.
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