Raleigh, N.C. – Colorado voters are skeptical that any legislative reforms could have prevented the Aurora tragedy—only 35% think it could have, and 58% think it could not have. But they overwhelmingly support a renewal of the assault weapons ban, 58-35. 52% of independents, 84% of Democrats, and even 38% of Republicans support that. Favor for a measure to outlaw certain types of body armor and SWAT Team gear is split, with 41% in support and 40% opposed.
Support has also grown for a ballot measure which would legalize and regulate limited production, possession, and use of marijuana. When PPP polled the state in mid-June, support for the so-called Amendment 64 narrowly outpaced opposition, 46-42. In PPP’s first poll of likely voters in this fall’s election, almost two months later, support has grown to 47-38. This movement is entirely because of independents, who were already in favor of the amendment by a 49-40 margin; they now support it by 30 points, 58-28. Democrats are still slightly more in favor (59-22) than Republicans opposed (26-61).