New Poll: Colorado Voters Want Gun Safety Candidates

New Polling Shows that Colorado Voters Support Common-Sense Gun Violence Prevention Policies, Want Candidates Who Share and Support Those Views

Washington, D.C., November 3, 2020 - Today, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows that Colorado voters not only support common-sense gun violence prevention policies that are proven to be effective and life-saving, but they want candidates who likewise support these policies. Results from this poll show that of Colorado voters:

  • 70 percent support a policy that would require background checks to buy ghost gun kits, while only two in ten oppose such a measure.
  • Two-thirds, 66 percent, support a waiting period for gun purchases
  • 62 percent support Congress passing a universal background check law, double those who oppose such a law.
  • Over six in ten, 61 percent, support the state’s recently enacted Extreme Risk Law, sometimes referred to as a “red flag” law
  • 57 percent disapprove of President Trump’s job performance
  • 56 percent are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports universal background checks on all gun transactions

Brady Campaign President Kris Brown shared:

“In a tumultuous election year, voters have clearly and consistently shown that they want elected officials who will support the common-sense gun violence prevention policies that will keep them and their communities safe. This poll shows just that. Coloradans are overwhelmingly looking for elected officials who will continue to pass policies that prevent gun violence in all of its forms, from extreme risk laws to remove firearms from those who are a proven threat to themselves or others, to expanding and strengthening Brady Background checks to ensure that individuals who have proven themselves unfit to possess lethal weapons cannot purchase them. Despite what President Trump or the NRA may say, these are not controversial policies. And these policies do not infringe on anyone’s Second Amendment rights. They are laws and policies that the people of Colorado want and, as we will see tomorrow, that Coloradans voters demand.”

The Brady Campaign continues to support candidates who understand that Coloradans want these live-saving policies. In the 2020 election, the Brady Campaign has endorsed five candidates for federal office. Each of these candidates has demonstrated that they not only understand the need to pass needed common-sense gun safety legislation in Congress, but that they will not hesitate to do so.

About Gun Violence in Colorado:

In 2018, the latest year for which data is available from the CDC, 889 died from gun violence in Colorado. In 2018, 188 people were killed by gun homicide. In Colorado, the rate of gun homicide has increased by 75 percent over the last five years. Over this same period the rate of suicide by gun has increased by 12 percent. 51 percent of suicides in Colorado in 2018 were suicides by gun, 660 people, one of the highest rates in the country.

These alarming statistics clearly illustrate why Coloradans support and are demanding common-sense gun violence prevention policies. Particularly in a year where there are reports of increasing shootings and unprecedented background check increases, voters want leaders who will take action to proactively stop gun violence.

About This Survey:

This poll of 584 Colorado voters was conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) from Friday, October 30 to Saturday, October 31, 2020.


Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.

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