This morning’s Quinnipiac University poll finds Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s job approval rating hovering at 37 percent, while 44 percent of respondents disapprove of the job he is doing.
Over the past year, Malloy’s job rating has largely held steady, ranging from a high of 44 percent last month to a low of 35 percent in March 2011.
Malloy isn’t up for re-election until 2014, and his administration’s response to the poll numbers is the same as it always is: “We have tried to be consistent in not saying much about polls because … what’s there to say?,” asked Roy Occhiogrosso, senior adviser to the governor, in an email to reporters. “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.”
Nearly half of the poll’s respondents — 47 percent — disapprove of the way Malloy handled the death penalty. (The governor backs the abolition of capitol punishment in Connecticut and said he intends to sign a bill doing just that very soon.)
More than half of those surveyed — 56 percent — disapprove of the way Malloy has handled the economy, while 64 percent disapprove of the way he has handled taxes.
On education, an issue at the centerpiece of the governor’s 2012 legislative agenda, he received a 43 percent disapproval rating.
If it’s any consolation for Malloy, 47 percent of the poll responders said they like him as a person, regardless of how they view his policies.
The legislature’s standing with the public is even lower than the governor’s, according to the poll. Just about a third of the respondents — 32 percent — approve of the job lawmakers are doing, while 49 percent disapprove.
The poll found broad disenchantment with the state’s economic health: 79 percent described the state’s economy as “not so good” or poor; 41 percent said they are worse off financially than they were a year ago.
President Obama’s job approval rating in Connecticut is 49 percent, a steep decline from the 71 percent approval rating he notched in a Q poll conducted in May of 2009.
The public is divided over Sen. Joseph Lieberman job performance: 45 percent approve while 41 percent disapprove. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is the most popular politician in the survey, with a job-approval rating of 58 percent.
The telephone poll of 1,745 Connecticut registered voters was conducted from April 18 to 23. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.