Public Policy Polling this week released survey results from Colorado’s Third Congressional District, where first-term GOP Congressman Scott Tipton is being challenged by Democratic state Rep. Sal Pace. Although Tipton is leading among district voters, his job approval numbers come in under 40 percent.
Of 569 individuals polled, 39 percent say incumbent Tipton deserves to be re-elected but only 36 percent approve of the job he is doing. Tipton’s job approval is 12 points lower than the 48 percent job approval then-Rep. John Salazar notched in a similar poll conducted in 2010. Tipton ended up beating Salazar, whose popularity was tested by votes in favor of the Affordable Care Act.
“People are upset with the way Washington is conducting business– and it shows,” Pace said in a press release. “I decided to run to make sure that the priorities of Colorado– our agriculture, our recreation-based economy, and our entrepreneurial spirit– are the priorities in Washington. It is time we stop playing politics and start putting people back to work with practical and commonsense solutions.”
Tom Jensen, Director of Public Policy Polling, said the results of the survey suggest that, as Pace’s name recognition improves, the race will tighten up significantly.
“In Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, 39% of voters support freshman Scott Tipton for reelection, while 54% think he should be replaced. House Republicans have a 37/49 favorability rating in the district and Tipton’s approval rating is 36%, with 40% of voters giving him low marks. Tipton starts out ahead only 46-39 against challenger Sal Pace, a lead that is likely to shrink as Pace’s name recognition increases.”