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Poll: Malloy Weathers Storm, But Gets Low Marks For Handling of Budget, Public Employees

by Christine Stuart | Sep 15, 2011 7:11am
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in the Emergency Operations Center

A new Quinnipiac University poll found voters overwhelmingly approved of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s handling of Tropical Storm Irene, but his overall approval rating is still in negative territory.

The poll found 79 percent of voters approved of Malloy’s response to Irene, but disapprove of his handling of the state budget and public employee unions.

“Tropical Storm Irene put no wind in Gov. Dannel Malloy’s sails,” Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said.

Overall, 41 percent of voters approve of how Malloy is handling his job and 48 percent disapprove.

The 41 percent of voters who approve of Malloy has increased from 38 percent in June, but the number of voters who disapprove has also increased from 44 percent in June to 48 percent. But that doesn’t mean they don’t like Malloy as a person. The poll found 45 percent like Malloy, while 23 percent don’t like him as a person. Those numbers have both increased since June.

His handling of the state budget received even lower marks with 55 percent of voters disapproving of his handling of the budget and 49 percent disapproving of his handling of public employee unions.

Despite the numbers, the Malloy administration remains consistent in its response to these types of polls and how much stock they put in them.

“We have tried to be consistent in not saying much about polls because…what’s there to say?” Roy Occhiogrosso, Malloy’s senior communications adviser, said in a statement. “Polls come and go, numbers go up and down. The Governor always does what he thinks is best for the state and the right thing to do.”

The state legislature does even worse than Malloy with 57 percent of voters disapproving of how its handling its job. In June 33 percent approved and 50 percent disapproved of how the legislature was handling its job.

When it comes to Tropical Storm Irene, voters approved 61 to 32 percent of the state utilities’ handling of the aftermath despite more than 830,000 customers, including some who waited a week of longer for power to be restored.

Utilities restored power in a “reasonable” amount of time, 67 percent of voters say, while 28 percent say “it was too slow and there’s no excuse.”

Even those without power six days or more say 51 – 45 percent that restoration was reasonable.

“Connecticut voters are very understanding of their utility companies,” Schwartz said. “Two-thirds think the length of time it took to restore power was reasonable given the extent of the damage. That understanding, however, dropped with each day without power.”

The poll surveyed 1,230 registered voters from Sept. 8-13 and has a 2.8 percent margin of error.

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posted by: redlady | September 15, 2011  8:17am

His office doesn’t need to worry about polls this year - he’s not running a campaign; and, the voters in this State either are asleep or have the shortest memory on record.

What citizens need to realize is that his “storm management” basically centered on blaming CL&P.  He couldn’t do much more than that.  What little regional emergency plans exist momentarily need to be improved upon. Will the Gov make sure that is a priorty?
Or, is he too busy signing Executive Orders to force laws that were defeated in GA in 2011 - unionization of caretakers comes to mind.

posted by: Disgruntled | September 15, 2011  8:46am

And how were his ratings for passing out corporate welfare with the FRIST FIVE JIVE nonsense?
The folks at UBS said,today,that while appreciated it was just a drop in the bucket to them and that all their “key employees” had already been shifted to NYC.

posted by: redlady | September 16, 2011  7:40am

the FIRST FIVE is a smokescreen to lead us to believe that this Governor and the Super Majority in Hartford actually understand what is needed to create jobs.  they have no idea, anymore than the left-shoes in DC do. When they give companies more money to “create jobs” than the jobs pay, it makes no sense and rips off the taxpayer.
Government needs to get out of the business sector and stay out of it - the Free Market will take care of the bad guys.

posted by: Disgruntled | September 16, 2011  10:10am

Dan got his helicopter ride.That is all that matters.
He used the storm,like most politicians,to get his face in the papers and on the tube.
As for the free market—we are seeing it at work with the war “job creators” are waging against the current president. They will destroy anything and everything in the name of this “free market” you mention which leads to a monopoly. One bank. One oil company. One insurance company.One power company.
That is your “free market”.
Thank goodness I will not live long enough to see it happen,but it will happen.

posted by: ... | September 16, 2011  3:13pm

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Keep up the hard work Gov. You came into the worst times and the economic recovery is going painfully slow. Just keep focus on the Fall Session and support the ease of entry for small business growth in CT so we can get those who are losing out on employment the most back into the workforce.

posted by: Careful | September 16, 2011  8:51pm

JonessAC12:  You are in conflict with the lower marks, Gov. Malloy has attained in the polls. The Governor could use you as a Public Relations Man.  Do you really believe he will possibly master the pep talk you gave him?  Good luck with your confidence that the Governor will improve his sagging performance, so drastically. It’s a tall order!

posted by: redlady | September 17, 2011  5:33pm

Who should be focused on his fall session?  That is US, We the People!  We need to stay focused and engaged and in touch….otherwise we will be faced with the same kind of representation we received in the 2011 GA Session.  The Governor is focused alright….on making sure he is able to raise the revenue he needs to continue the spending.  His “cuts” are not what they appear to be and his job creation equal ZERO. Thus, his approval rating.