Colorado voters oppose the concept of "gun control", but support specific gun control laws in a new Quinnipiac survey released Tuesday.
According to the poll, Colorado voters oppose "the stricter new gun control laws" in the state 55-40 percent, but when asked specifically about two of the states new gun control laws, voters flipped.
When asked about universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers, those surveyed overwhelmingly approved, 85-14. And when asked about the statewide ban on high capacity magazines that hold more than 15 rounds, voters still approve, albeit by a very slim margin, 49-48.
"Voters don't like gun control, or maybe they just don't like the words, 'gun control,'" said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "There's some support for limiting multi-round magazines, and overwhelming support for background checks."
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed a package of new gun control measures into law in 2013, including universal background checks and a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. Support for the new gun laws resulted in the first-ever recall election in state history, which ousted two Democrats -- Senate President John Morse (Colo. Springs) and state Sen. Angela Giron (Pueblo).
A third recall effort is underway against another Democrat, state Sen. Evie Hudak (Westminster), over her support of the gun control legislation.
But according to Quinnipiac's poll, Colorado voters strongly oppose the recall effort against Hudak, 49-38. And by an even larger margin, they oppose any recall efforts for legislators with whom they don't agree, saying 57-36 that organizers should wait for the regular election.