Good on snowstorms, not so good on budgets, the economy and jobs.
That’s one finding of a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s handling of various issues facing the state.
First, the good news for the Democratic governor: 86 percent of voters, including 84 percent of Republicans, approve of the way Malloy is handling this winter’s snowstorms.
But, according to the poll, Malloy gets weaker grades on economic and budgetary matters. Fifty three percent said they disapprove of the way Malloy is handling the budget, and 63 percent disapprove of the way he is handling taxes.
Almost two-thirds of voters — roughly 60 percent — disapprove of the way Malloy is handling jobs and the economy; 33 percent approve.
Malloy’s plan to use a portion f the state’s budget surplus to give state taxpayers a $55 tax refund was branded as a “political gimmick” by 63 percent of respondents. Twenty three percent called it “good public policy.”
About a third of voters said Malloy’s economic policies have hurt their personal financial situation while just 6 percent said they have helped — and 57 percent said they have made no difference.
On Malloy’s education policy, respondents were split: 41 percent approve of his handling of education and 43 percent disapprove, according to the poll.
In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 36 percent of voters say the economy and jobs should be the priority for Malloy and the legislature while 14 percent said it should be taxes and 11 percent, education.
Asked to assess the state of Connecticut’s economy, nearly 75 percent rated it as “not so good” or “poor.” Just 24 percent rated it “good.”
The poll also asked about keno, a bingo-like gambling product for bars and restaurants that state lawmakers approved last year and are poised to repeal this year. Sixty-five percent of respondents said they do not think the game should be permitted while 29 percent support it.