Dodd, Lieberman Down; Rell, Gay Marriage Up

According to a new Quinnipiac Poll, people like Gov. Jodi Rell (still), as 68% approve of her performance. They also like same-sex marriage at least somewhat, approving of the Supreme Court decision to allow gay couples to marry 52% – 39%. 43% approve of same-sex marriage in general, while 39% favor civil unions instead and 12% want no legal recognition. Voters would oppose a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage by a whopping 61% – 33%.

They’re less fond of Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman. Dodd’s approval is down to 47%, while Lieberman’s is a woeful 38%.

Jodi Rell seems immune to difficult economic times–the public doesn’t seem to hold her responsible for them in the least. In fact, 54% said they would either “definitely” or “probably” vote for her in 2010, should she run again. This, despite the fact that 55% of those asked said that they were either very or somewhat dissatisfied with the way things were going in Connecticut.

Apparently, the lousy state of things has nothing to do with Jodi Rell. People like her in good times and in bad, and they’ve liked her for four years. Apparently not even a failing economy and a bad press week can sink her even a little.

Dodd’s numbers aren’t terrible, but they aren’t great, either. Only 44% said they’d “probably” or “definitely” vote for him in 2010, while 47% they definitely or probably wouldn’t. That figure, by the way, includes 27% of Democrats.

Why the change in fortune for Dodd? Certainly the public holds him at least somewhat responsible for the current mess, plus his own mortgage woes can’t help. But I think that perhaps the public has simply soured on a man who has been their senator for close to three decades. The public wants change, and Chris Dodd simply isn’t it.

Lieberman is pretty hopeless. He’s at 38%, and he’s drawing support from that losing coalition of lots of Republicans, but not many independents or Democrats. Still, 2012 is a long way off.

Finally, while people are pessimistic about the way the state and the nation are going, 71% approve of Barack Obama, and 57% expect his administration to solve the economic crisis. Obama has a lot of goodwill, but perhaps impossibly high expectations.

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