By The Hill Staff - 10/27/10 02:00 AM EDT
Rep. Salazar trails by four
Independent voters are breaking for Tipton by 15 points. He’s also winning among male, female, middle-aged and older voters.
is winning among younger voters, but the three-term lawmaker gets mixed
reviews from his constituents. When asked about him, 46 percent gave
Salazar a favorable rating while 48 percent gave him an unfavorable one.
big issue in this district is earmarks. Tipton has criticized Salazar
for bringing home millions in federal dollars and has taken a
tend to agree with him. When asked if they’d rather have a member of
Congress who’d fight to cut spending or one who will fight to bring
benefits to the district, 55 percent said they’d prefer a lawmaker who
cut spending while 36 percent wanted one who would bring back the
Independent voters also preferred a lawmaker who would cut spending.
is the brother of senator-turned-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. He’s
had Labor Secretary Hilda Solis out to campaign for him. Ken Salazar
has been notably absent in this GOP-leaning district. The Interior
secretary is unpopular among the district’s voters and has been an
issue in the race: Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion-rights
group, ran an attack ad against John Salazar — only it called him by
his brother’s name five times.
A corrected version of the ad aired later.
The Hill’s poll was conducted Oct. 19-21 by Penn Schoen Berland. The survey consisted of 400 phone interviews among likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.