Poll: Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper Faces Backlash For New Gun Laws

AP

Colorado voters aren’t too pleased with Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper for signing sweeping new gun control measures into law earlier this year, according to new poll numbers from Quinnipiac University released Friday.

The poll found a majority of Colorado voters — 52 percent – disapproving of Hickenlooper’s handling of gun policy, compared with just 35 percent who said they approve. A separate release from Quinnipiac on Thursday showed a majority of 53 percent of Colorado voters saying the new gun laws go too far. 

Colorado has emerged as a test case for Democrats looking to gauge public reaction to new gun laws. A pair of Democratic lawmakers there, state Senate President John Morse and state Sen. Angela Giron, are facing a recall over their support for the gun bill. But Quinnipiac’s release Thursday found a majority of Colorado voters opposed to the recall efforts.

Hickenlooper signed the bill into law in March, establishing limits on ammunition magazines and broadening background checks for gun buyers. Friday’s poll showed the governor’s approval rating at 48 percent overall, virtually unchanged since Quinnipiac’s survey in June. But that’s considerably lower than where Hickenlooper’s numbers stood a year ago, when Quinnipiac and other polling outlets showed his approval rating hovering around 60 percent. 

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