October 28, 2008 7:59 AM
Do Coloradans think an embryo is a person? Polls say 'No'
Colorado voters don't seem likely to make history by becoming the first state in the nation to grant personhood to an embryo.
The Rocky/CBS4 News poll shows the so-called personhood amendment losing badly: 68-27.
David Montero reports:
The bad news for the proponents of the measure can be found inside the numbers. Of the 68 percent polled who said they'd vote against the ballot measure, 61 percent fell under a "definite no" category.
With such rigidity among those saying "definite no," pollster Lori Weigel said it's pretty much a slam-dunk that it will fail on Election Day.
"Once a ballot measure falls under 50 percent support, it is very difficult to turn around that dynamic," Weigel said. "For this ballot measure, this is not a hole to dig yourself out of, it's a chasm."
The measure made a big splash when it qualified for the Nov. 4 ballot after proponents collected more than 130,000 signatures. It quickly became entangled in the hot-button debate surrounding abortion.
As the shortest ballot measure - a point co-author Kristi Burton used as a selling point - it was represented by her as a simple measure without lofty goals.