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QU Poll: Malloy with lowest approval rating ever, Blumenthal up 2-1 in 2016 reelection bid

By Quinnipiac University Poll

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Connecticut voters disapprove 58 – 32 percent of the job Gov. Dannel Malloy is doing, his lowest approval rating ever and the lowest score for any governor in the nine states surveyed this year by the independent Quinnipiac University Poll. The governor gets 4-1 negative scores for the way he his handling taxes and the state budget.

Today’s results are down from a negative 43 – 47 percent approval rating in a March 11 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Gov. Malloy gets a lackluster 58 – 33 percent approval from Democrats, while disapproval is 86 – 8 percent among Republicans and 61 – 29 percent among independent voters. Men disapprove 62 – 31 percent and women disapprove 55 – 33 percent.

The governor gets negative grades on three character ratings:
43 – 49 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
40 – 49 percent that he is honest and trustworthy;
37 – 55 percent that he cares about voters’ needs and problems.

“Gov. Dannel Malloy’s job approval rating has plummeted to 32 percent, close to the historic 24 percent low hit by disgraced former Gov. John Rowland in January 2004, and Gov. Malloy is not in the middle of a corruption scandal,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

“Malloy is getting hammered on the critical pocketbook issues, taxes, the budget and the economy and jobs.

“Only 36 percent of voters are satisfied with the way things are going in the state, one of the lowest scores since Quinnipiac University started asking this question in 1997.”

In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 33 percent of voters list the economy/jobs as the most important problem facing Connecticut today, while 28 percent list taxes and 11 percent list the state budget.

Connecticut voters give the governor negative grades for his handling of key issues:
19 – 72 percent for handling the budget;
19 – 76 percent for handling taxes;
24 – 70 percent for handling the economy and jobs;
41 – 43 percent for handling transportation;
38 – 45 percent for handling crime.

A total of 75 percent of voters say Connecticut’s economy is “not so good” or “poor,” and only 10 percent say it is getting better. Another 41 percent say it is getting worse and 48 percent say it is the same.

Only 5 percent of voters say Malloy’s economic policies have helped them personally, while 40 percent say these policies have hurt them and 52 percent say they have not made a difference.

2016 U.S. Senate Race

In an early look at Connecticut’s 2016 U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Sen. Richard Blumenthal has 2-1 leads over two possible Republican challengers:
61 – 27 percent over economist Lawrence Kudlow;
61 – 26 percent over businessman August Wolf.

Voters approve 62 – 31 percent of the job Blumenthal is doing and give him a 61 – 29 percent favorability rating. His Republican challengers are virtually unknown as 84 percent of voters don’t know enough about Kudlow to form an opinion and 88 percent don’t know enough about Wolf.

“Maybe Sen. Richard Blumenthal can lend Gov. Malloy some approval,” Dr. Schwartz said. “With 13 months until he faces reelection, Blumenthal has a 2-1 approval rating and similar 2-1 leads over possible Republican challengers.”

From October 7 – 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,735 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

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