A Quinnipiac University poll released this morning shows Governor Jodi Rell with a 75% approval rating and looking strong against all Democratic comers should she choose to run for reelection next year.
A week after announcing her austerity budget, Rell’s approval is high even amongst Democrats, 67% of whom gave her a favorable rating
Secretary of State Susan Bysiewiecz has the early lead in the Democratic field of contenders for the Governor race, with 44% percent of the vote compared to 12% for Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy and 4% for former State House Speaker Jim Amman. (Now “the Crushed” instead of “The Crusher”?)
But according to the Q-poll, at this stage Rell beats all comers by a handy margin. Rell vs. Bysiewiecz 53%-32%, Rell vs. Malloy 58%-26%, and Rell vs. Amman 61%-21%.
Senator Chris Dodd’s attempt to reassure the public about his mortgage dealings does not appear to have had the desired effect.
Fifty four percent of voters said they were not satisfied with Sen. Dodd’s explanation of allegations that he received preferential mortgage treatment and 56 percent of voters say they are less likely to vote for him because of the controversy.
“Sen. Dodd is vulnerable. His approval has sunk to a new low. More voters disapprove than approve of the job he is doing for the first time in 15 years of polling,” Schwartz said. “The mortgage controversy has taken a toll on his approval rating. Most voters are not satisfied with Dodd’s explanation and say they are less likely to vote for him next year because of it.”
Let’s put this in perspective, people. As of today’s poll, Dodd is officially less popular than Sen. Joe Lieberman. And that’s saying something.
While we’re talking about Joe Lieberman, there’s some interesting news for the Blumenthal watchers. Lieberman’s favorability rating is still negative (49% vs.43%) but Attorney General Dick Blumenthal has a 71% approval rating. A Q Poll match up between the two showed Lieberman getting his head handed to him by Blumenthal, 58%-30%. A lot can happen between now and 2012, but food for thought, no?