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Poll Finds Voter Remorse

by | Sep 29, 2011 11:27pm () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Congress, Election 2010, Town News

Over the course of 2011 Public Policy Polling found that voters in a lot of states wish they could do their gubernatorial elections over again and pick someone else.

“Connecticut is no exception but it does represent a twist- it’s the first state where we’ve found serious buyer’s remorse about a Democratic Governor. Fifty two percent of Connecticut voters say that if they could do it all over they’d vote for Republican Tom Foley, compared to only 41 percent who would stick with incumbent Dan Malloy,” the poll found.

With only 36 percent of voters approve of Malloy and 52 disapproving, Malloy is the most unpopular Democratic governor in the country that Public Policy Polling has surveyed this year.

“His numbers with independents are bad at a 36/55 approval spread but the biggest problem for him is the party base- even with Democrats just 49 percent think he’s doing a good job to 37 percent who disapprove,” the poll found. “It’s rare to find a major politician under 50 percent approval within their own party. Last year we found 20 percent of Democrats planning to vote for Foley the week before the election- now 28 percent do.”

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is one of the second most popular new Senators in the country according to the poll.

Fifty two percent of voters approve of Blumenthal to just 34 percent who disapprove. He’s on positive ground with independents at 45/38 and has an unusual amount of crossover popularity with 26 percent of Republicans approving of him.

“There are 16 new Senators this year and we’ve polled on 10 of them. Within that group Blumenthal is the second most popular behind only Joe Manchin of West Virginia,” the poll found.

Connecticut’s senior Senator Joseph Lieberman is moving up in the ranks from the most unpopular to the fourth most unpopular Senator.

Thirty nine percent of voters approve of him to 49 percent disapproving, up from a 29/58 spread on Public Policy Polling’s last poll. 

“That still makes him the 4th most unpopular Senator we’ve polled on in 2011- only Ben Nelson, Mitch McConnell, and John McCain do worse- but it’s an improvement from being the least popular Senator in the country, which was the designation he held previously,” the poll concluded.

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posted by: GoatBoyPHD | September 30, 2011  4:24am


The SEBAC drama sunk Dan for the short term. Too much drama, the ridiculous redos, the lawsuits, and too little accomplished.

A good poll would be on SEBAC popularity in CT—taxpayers attitudes before negotiations and now. I think Dan is a proxy for that vote.

posted by: NOW What? | September 30, 2011  8:27am

Malloy just scored a MAJOR jobs-creating victory with Jackson Lab’s decision to build a 1.1 billion dollar research and development facility at UConn’s Health Center. His “poll ratings” will climb enormously with each succeeding jobs-creating effort, helping to lead Connecticut OUT of its economic recession.

posted by: Disgruntled | September 30, 2011  9:25am

The Nutmeg King is over his head and folks realize that he is basically doing on the job training and posturing for his next run at another office. He squeaked into office,thanks to labor and questionable Bridgeport results.There have been too many promises made and not kept.Dan is a career politician who needs to be purged and sent back to the private sector to find out what it is like to actually work for a living and for his travel,and pay local taxes on his cars,and pay for his own transportation…
Will that happen? Doubtful,knowing how Connecticut voters vote.

posted by: Disgruntled | September 30, 2011  9:33am

I hope that the new lab works out in Dan’s effort to build a research triangle (or was it a pentagram?) upstate.
One wonders if we need more bonding though? That is the practical side of my disgruntled nature. It sounds good and one also wonders why Maine is not doing this?
As usual,the press release is very positive,especially about the quality of the rats:

“The lab also has a nonprofit business providing 2.7 million laboratory mice to more than 19,000 researchers throughout the world. Jackson’s website says that 22 researchers who used in-bred mice developed at its lab have won Nobel prizes for research”

posted by: GoatBoyPHD | September 30, 2011  10:53am


Request a mutant!

The Jackson Labs mutant order form.


They are to cloning mice what the Kaminoans are to cloning Galactic stormtroopers.

“Given the extremely high overlap between the mouse and human genomes — 99 percent of the genes are in common — the project will, by inference, elucidate the function of much of the human genome, most of which is currently unknown,” said Bob Braun, Jackson Labs professor and chairman of research, in a written statement about the NIH grant funding.

I don’t know that the project will be far enough aling in 3 years to be a player in re-relection. .

posted by: LongJohn47 | September 30, 2011  11:31am

Joe is gaining popularity because he’s almost gone.  “Absence makes the heart…”

Good riddance.

posted by: ... | September 30, 2011  5:16pm


I’d love to point to Rick Greens blurb and picture from it: http://blogs.courant.com/rick_green/2011/09/what-do-dan-malloy-and-linda-m.html

To think, a poll as reputable as PPP can’t even spell the Governor’s name right. Their numbers and methodology are probably sound, but to drop the ball on a simple Google search of Malloy’s first name? A brief visit to his .gov website?

I wonder if that is how their callers pronounced his name too? If so, that could definitely alter a respondents perception of any political figure.

posted by: Upset.Citizen | September 30, 2011  7:17pm


Build it and they will come… Hey, how’s that football stadium in East Hartford working out?

For the tax payers sake I sure hope the Jackson Lab deal is not a repeat of that!

BTW: I hope the escaped experiments do not make Lyme disease look like a joke!

I have to question why the other news outlets did not publish the poll information as well. (?)

For the record: I was not polled but I wish I had voted for the other guy!  That’s sure as heck what I’m doing next time!

posted by: Upset.Citizen | October 1, 2011  8:42am


Get ready for your insurance rates and medical treatments to change based on conditions you don’t have! 

US Gov. Accountability Office says direct-to-consumer genetic tests are not only junk but they are fraudulent!!


posted by: Disgruntled | October 3, 2011  2:03pm

“State To Rehire 56 Rookie Troopers”

The more things change with The Nutmeg King in charge,the more they stay the same. Yet another example of why Dan is unpopular.At the end of his stay the only thing,for certain,that he will leave you with is a higher tax bill.

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