Quinnipiac has released their latest poll on the U.S. Senate race, and the news is bad for Chris Dodd. Here’s the number you all want to see:
Simmons 48% (45%)
Dodd 39% (39%)
The pollster suggests that a mild rebound in his approval rating is hopeful for Dodd, however. Dodd’s approval rating is still 42% in favor, 52% against. Those numbers are better than before, but still bad.
The worst news for Dodd: he is still losing independent voters, a crucial block, by a huge margin: 56% – 27%. Dodd does well with Democrats, winning them 74% – 16%, but gets almost no Republican votes, and only a small share of independent votes. Maybe the only good news, and it’s pretty dubious, is that there are still independents who have not made up their minds.
So the race has stabilized after fluctuating a little, and Simmons is even starting to build on his lead.
Simmons leads all GOP challengers by a very wide margin. Merrick Alpert only gets 18% of the vote against Dodd, compared with 24% in May. Simmons is still winning all congressional districts except the third, continuing that trend from last time.
35% say Dodd is honest and trustworthy. That number hasn’t changed since May.
In other polling matchups, Dodd edges Peter Schiff and Sam Caligiuri by 5% and 2% respectively. He is tied with Tom Foley. No one knows who Foley, Caligiuri or Schiff are.
Joe Lieberman breaks even with an approval/disapproval rating of 46%-46%.
President Obama’s approval ratings are down to 63% from 71% in May. This is consistent with a drop in the president’s approval nationally. Gov. Rell is doing better than the president when it comes to job approval. A majority of voters approve of his handling of the economy, though they aren’t sure that his policies will help them in the long run.