Do women love John Hickenlooper more than men hate him?

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A photo of Tom Tancredo and a friend from his Facebook page.
A new poll finds John Hickenlooper leading four Republican challengers in the 2014 governor's race. But the gender gap in the survey is more like a chasm, with men backing each of the GOP hopefuls but women favoring Hick by an even larger margin.

We've got a numbers breakdown, supplemented with photos, a video and the complete results.

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Governor John Hickenlooper as seen at a 2013 press conference.
The poll, conducted by Quinnipac University, shows Hickenlooper leading former Congressman Tom Tancredo, who unsuccessfully ran for guv in 2010, by 47-40 percent -- two points less than last month, but by quite a bit more than in surveys last year:

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However, this lead wouldn't exist without the strong support of women. As noted by Quinnipac, men are behind Tancredo by 47-42 percent, but women prefer Hickenlooper by 53-34 percent.

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A photo of Scott Gessler from his Facebook page.
The phenomenon repeats itself in the case of Secretary of State Scott Gessler. Overall, he trails Hickenlooper 48-38 percent....

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...but he actually leads Hick among men, 44-41 percent. In contrast, women back Hickenlooper 55-32 percent.

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Bob Beauprez and his wife Claudia with former President George H.W. Bush, in a photo from Beauprez's Facebook page.
Ditto that for another ex-Congressman, Bob Beauprez, a comparatively new entrant into the fray -- hence the lack of figures from previous surveys. He's behind Hickenlooper by 48-39 percent....

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...but would presumably win if only men voted, by 46-41 percent. Of course, women can cast ballots, too, and they like Hickenlooper a lot more: 55-33 percent.

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Mike Kopp with GOP senatorial candidate Cory Gardner in a photo from Kopp's Facebook page.
Also part of the poll for the first time is former state senator Mike Kopp. Hickenlooper leads him by 47-38 percent....

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...but is behind Kopp among men by 44-40 percent. Hickenlooper gets much more support from women in a head-to-head match-up with Kopp, though. The percentage is 54-32 percent.

Last year, plenty of political observers felt Hickenlooper's reelection bid was weakened by his decision not to bless the execution of convicted multiple-murderer Nathan Dunlap, and the Quinnipac survey shows the gun-control measures he supports remain generally unpopular. But if the Republican challengers can't carve away some of Hickenlooper's support among women in the next few months, or convince an even greater number of men to jump on board, they're still going to have a mighty tough time winning.

Here's a Quinnipac video about the results, followed by the complete document.

Quinnipac University Poll: Colorado Governor Race April 2014

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Politics archive circa June 2013: "Death penalty poll: Hickenlooper's decision to let Nathan Dunlap live loses nearly 3-1."

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18 comments
Jennifer R Osenberg
Jennifer R Osenberg

Ritter was much better for environment. Under Hick Roan Plateau, Weld, Larimer and Boulder counties are fracked to heck.

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

Deborah Watts, you should really seek psychiatric help.

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

Love Hickenlooper. Best Governor in this states history.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

LOVE do-able Bigotlooper. DETEST his hypocrisy and unconstitutional discrimination of the marijuana community. Which is perpetuating the discrimination of a disavantged minority. Oh no Gov. NoNO especially since the marijuana business is generating the CORRURT AND PREJUDICE Colorado government a shit lode of cash. Something smells funny to me and it is not the Bigotlooper associated breweries, that surely employee ILLEGAL immigrants. That he accommodates and allows, which makes U.S. all 2nd class citizens to CRIMIGRANTS. BIGOTRY thrives thanks to you John.

Lisa Goodman
Lisa Goodman

This is Tom Tancredo. You have the wrong picture.

Casey Schaefer
Casey Schaefer

I'm curious as to why so many readers don't like Hickenlooper? I think he is one of the best governors in this nation and has been incredible for Colorado.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

I think women need to be smarter then on this subject!

A Chris Heismann
A Chris Heismann

Be nice if the polls would actually mention all of the candidates - like Matt Hess, for example.

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

Stupid republicans don't they realize every abortion they stop get them another future Democrat

DougHubka
DougHubka

Republicans have been launching  their war against women all over the country.

I guess they don't understand that Colorado has been a long time supporter of women's rights and the right wing extremism won't sell with the women of Colorado.

David Barton
David Barton

Hick has done some things that annoy me, but in general it's hard to hate Cam from Ferris Bueller....

Sara Conrad
Sara Conrad

Ewwwwwww! I wouldn't vote for Hypocrite Hickenlooper if you paid me.

Maggie May
Maggie May

I don't really care for him, he's a hypocrite, like most of his ilk. BUT, if he's the only pro-choice option, I get it. The GOP, or whatever they are now, is getting really wacko when it comes to all areas of reproductive health. Gardener wanted to make an abortion a class 3 felony, it's a protected right as far as I know. Ugh!

Christopher J. Martinez
Christopher J. Martinez

I think he has been a Boon for Colorado without Question - The men you speak of are probably Wayyy Right wing GOP and Tea Party whackos -

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