Dem convention? Who cares |

Dem convention? Who cares

Burt Hubbard
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” Jim McGinley and Joyce Anderson don’t mind that the Democratic National Convention is coming to Denver, just as long as they don’t have to be there.

Despite all the convention hoopla, a Rocky Mountain News/CBS4 News poll found more than half of Coloradans were either indifferent, annoyed or worried about the convention.

Less than 10 percent were thrilled.

“Clearly, Colorado voters are not jumping up and down about the DNC being held in Denver,” said pollster Lori Weigel.

The poll of 500 registered voters found that 34 percent were indifferent, 11 percent were annoyed and 9 percent were worried about the convention’s presence in Denver.

That compared with only 20 percent interested in the convention. Another 15 percent were excited and 9 percent thrilled, the poll found.

The poll was taken Aug. 11 through Aug. 13 by Public Opinion Strategies and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.38 percentage points.

Public Opinion Strategies generally polls for Republican candidates. RBI Strategies, a firm that generally works with Democratic candidates, consulted on the creation of the questionnaire and its analysis.

Neither McGinley of Akron on the Eastern Plains nor Anderson of Delta on the Western Slope want any part of the convention.

“I’m 300 miles away so it really doesn’t affect me,” Anderson said. “I hate to tell you this, but I don’t come to Denver unless I have no other choice.”

McGinley was in Denver when downtown streets were closed for the Denver Grand Prix in the 1990s, cutting off businesses. He said he fears the same thing will happen with the convention.

“It’s going to be a mob of people and lots of streets shut down,” McGinley said. “If I want to watch it, I’ll watch it out here on TV.”

The poll found that the enthusiasm for the convention was generally confined to Democrats in Denver and its northern suburbs.

“It’s a pretty big Denver phenomenon with not much excitement out in the rest of the state,” Weigel said.

That fits Susan Pettibone, who was unsuccessful in getting tickets to Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at Invesco Field.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Pettibone said. “It brings in money. It brings attention.”

Marc Emrich of Littleton believes the convention will help showcase the city.

“All eyes are upon us and I think that’s a good thing,” Emrich said.

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