Poll: McCain, Obama tied in Colorado | AspenTimes.com

Poll: McCain, Obama tied in Colorado

The (Fort Collins) Coloadoan Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Barack Obama and John McCain are in a virtual tie in Colorado on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, according to a new poll released this morning.

Republican McCain had support of 47 percent of likely Colorado voters, compared to 46 percent for Obama, who will be formally nominated this week in Denver, according to the Quinnipiac University poll. The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

“Colorado is one of the most important battleground states that will decide the presidency as Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama slug it out nose to nose. If the national election is close in November, a handful of votes in Colorado will be decisive,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Right now, independent voters are split with 46 percent for Sen. McCain and 44 percent for Sen. Obama.

“Who wins the election may wind up depending on whether voters look inward to the economy and fuel prices or outward to world hot spots.” The latest Quinnipiac results are virtually identical to findings of a July poll in the state by the same group. In June, the Quinnipiac poll showed Obama with a small lead in Colorado.

Questions within the latest poll give hope to both candidates.

McCain is viewed favorably by 53 percent of likely Colorado voters, compared to 48 percent for Obama, and the Republican is viewed as better able to handle relations with Russia, 51-37.

However, Colorado voters cite the economy as their most important issue, and Obama gets higher ratings than McCain on economic issues.

The Democrat leads 47-43 on the question of who can best handle the economy, and 49-42 on who can best handle the energy crisis and make the country less dependent on foreign oil.

Voter anxiety over gas prices appears to have eased as those prices have come down in recent weeks. Thirty percent of likely Colorado voters cited gas prices as the economic issue they most worry about, down from 42 percent in July and 43 percent in June.

The poll of 1,060 likely Colorado voters was conducted Aug. 15-21. It did not include questions on third-party candidates such as Libertarian Bob Barr or independent Ralph Nader.

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