After nearly a year in office, Governor John Hickenlooper’s job performance is above 50 percent. A recent Ciruli Associates poll gives him 59 percent approval, which is above a poll just completed by Public Policy Polling (PPP), a North Carolina Democratic-oriented robo poll.
The Ciruli Associates poll was conducted with 500 registered voters who voted in the 2008 presidential election or are newly registered. The poll was sponsored by The Buzz, Floyd Ciruli’s blog site. It was conducted December 1 to 6, 2011, and has a margin of error plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
Hickenlooper’s approval rating is higher than Governor Jerry Brown of California, who has a 47 percent approval and a surprisingly high 17 percent who claim no opinion. California polling expert Mark DiCamillo points out that while Brown’s approval is low for a first-term California governor, these are difficult times for politicians.
PPP claims Hickenlooper’s 53 percent with a very low negative rating is very good for governors in today’s political environment. Only seven governors had higher ratings, including Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Brian Schweitzer of Montana.
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