Both Democrats and Republican Residents Approve of Deion Sanders Job as Coach

A new Emerson College Polling survey in Colorado finds President Joe Biden with a four-point lead over former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical 2024 ballot test among Colorado voters, leading 42% to 38%. Fourteen percent plan to support someone else and 7% are undecided. 

Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling, said: “Biden’s lead over Trump is significantly lower than his nearly 14-point win over Trump in 2020 — potentially driven by independent voters who are moving towards Trump: 40% support Trump and 37% support Biden. Still, a significant portion of independent voters, 23%, plan on voting for someone else or are undecided with over a year to go until election day.”

Kimball added, “Biden’s support is about ten points higher among women than men: women voters break for Biden over Trump 47% to 33%, whereas men break for Trump over Biden 44% to 37%.”

A third of voters (33%) approve of the job Biden is doing in office, while 46% disapprove of the job he is doing and 21% are neutral. 

Governor Jared Polis holds a 41% job approval, while 28% disapprove of the Governor, and 30% are neutral. 

“Polis’ approval is highest among those over 60, at 47%, while a majority of Gen Z voters, 51%, are neutral or have no opinion towards the governor,” Kimball said. 

A plurality of voters (47%) approve of the job University of Colorado Head Coach Deion Sanders is doing as coach of the program, while 7% disapprove. Forty-six percent are unsure or have no opinion. 

“Colorado Hispanic residents are most likely to approve of the job Coach Sanders is doing at 59%, while 32% are neutral toward the coach,” Kimball said. “White voters who are more neutral in comparison – 42% approve and 51% are neutral,” Kimball said. 

Colorado Democratic and Republican voters both view Coach Sanders favorably: 54% of Democrats approve of the job he is doing as coach compared to 52% of Republicans. Independents are more split: 48% are neutral and 45% approve. 

Nearly the same number of Colorado residents think the 2016 (57%) and 2020 (58%) elections were won fair and square by Donald Trump and Joe Biden, respectively. A quarter of Colorado residents (25%) think Trump stole the 2016 election, while 28% think Biden stole the 2020 election. 

Midwest Study: The Colorado general election survey is part of a 22-state study on the Midwest region and surrounding states. Final states from the study will be released tomorrow, along with the study results by the Middle West Review that is researching perceptions of the Midwest region this Fall. 


The Emerson College Polling Colorado poll was conducted October 1-4, 2023. The sample consisted of 442 registered voters, with a credibility interval, similar to a poll’s margin of error of +/- 4.6 percentage points. The overall sample consisted of 477 Colorado residents, with a credibility interval of +/- 4.4 percentage points.  The data sets were weighted by gender, age, party, race, and education based on the general population using a sample of n=477 participants and allowing the natural fallout to create the sample of n=442. Turnout modeling is based on US Census parameters, and Colorado voter registration and voter turnout data by regions (CO SOS). Data was collected by contacting emails provided by Aristotle, along with an online panel of voters provided by Alchemer. 

It is important to remember that subsets based on demographics, such as gender, age, education, and race/ethnicity, carry with them higher credibility intervals, as the sample size is reduced. Survey results should be understood within the poll’s range of scores, and know with a confidence interval of 95% a poll will fall outside the range of scores 1 in 20 times.

This survey was conducted by Emerson College Polling, and questions included in this release are all sponsored by Emerson College. All questions asked in this survey with exact wording, along with full results and cross tabulations can be found here.