I suspected it would be close.
I didn’t think it would be essentially tied.
1. If the two thousand ten election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were – Chris Dodd the Democrat, Rob Simmons the Republican, for whom would you vote?
Dodd – 42%
Simmons – 43%
That is astonishing. Simmons does especially well in the second district, but incredibly the two are tied in the first district, 44%-44%. Yes, the first district, a Democratic stronghold.
Dodd fares better against Sam Caligiuri, defeating him 47%-34%. Dodd is still not above 50%, however, against a relatively unknown state senator.
Dodd also defeats Larry Kudlow 46%-34%. Again, he isn’t above 50% against a CNBC host.
Dodd’s job approval ratings are actually up to 49% from 41% last month, suggesting that his mortgage issues are helping to drag him down. Another big problem for Dodd is that when asked if they approve of the job Dodd is doing as head of the banking committee, only 32% said yes, while 50% said no.
These numbers are nothing short of catastrophic for a longtime incumbent like Dodd.
Time to consider retirement?
Rell, Obama Popular
There’s good news for Jodi Rell and Barack Obama–Connecticut voters still like them. Rell’s approval rating is sky-high at 75%, while Obama’s is slightly lower at 67%. Rell also gets high marks for her handling of the economy and the state budget.