December 17, 2008 - Connecticut Voters Back Same-Sex Marriage, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Rell Approval Holds As Dodd, Lieberman Scores Drop

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Connecticut voters support 52 - 39 percent, with 9 percent undecided, the State Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Given three choices, 43 percent of voters say same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, while 39 percent say they should be allowed to form civil unions but not marry and 12 percent say there should be no legal recognition of same-sex unions, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Connecticut voters oppose 61 - 33 percent amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Republicans support such an amendment 49 - 46 percent, while Democrats oppose it 73 - 23 percent and independent voters oppose it 58 - 34 percent. Men oppose an amendment to ban same-sex marriage 56 - 38 percent while women oppose it 66 - 28 percent.

Despite a faltering economy and a low satisfaction rating, Gov. Jodi Rell gets a 68 - 20 percent approval rating, including 62 - 25 percent among Democrats.

Connecticut's U.S. Senators get their lowest approval ratings ever, a negative 38 - 54 percent for Sen. Joseph Lieberman and a lackluster 47 - 41 percent for Sen. Christopher Dodd.

"Connecticut voters are not in love with same-sex marriage as a bare majority backs the State Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex couples to wed," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.

"But four out of five voters support some legal recognition for same-sex unions and by almost 2 to 1, voters do not want to change the State Constitution to ban same-sex marriage."

"Usually, governors take some of the blame for bad times, fairly or unfairly," Dr. Schwartz added. "Yet, Gov. Jodi Rell continues to be in a strong position for reelection, should she choose to run again in 2010."

"Sen. Joseph Lieberman appears to be paying a high price for his embrace of Sen. John McCain in the presidential race. This is the highest disapproval rating in any Quinnipiac University poll in any state for a sitting U.S. Senator - except for New Jersey's Robert Torricelli, just before he resigned in 2002. Among those who say they voted for Sen. Lieberman in 2006, 30 percent now say they would vote for someone else if they could.

"Sen. Dodd's low approval rating is bad news for any incumbent, but at this point there is no strong Republican challenger on the horizon as Dodd faces reelection in 2010." Economic Outlook

Only 3 percent of Connecticut voters say they will spend more on holiday gifts this year, while 58 percent will spend less and 37 percent will spend the same.

A total of 55 percent of voters are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied" with the way things are going in Connecticut today, while 43 percent are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going.

The nation's economy is "not so good" or "poor," 97 percent say, while 0 percent say it's "excellent" and 2 percent say it's "good." Looking at Connecticut's economy, 0 percent say "excellent," as 11 percent say "good" and 88 percent say "not so good" or "poor."

Five percent of voters say their personal finances are "excellent" with 48 percent saying "good" and 46 percent saying "not so good" or "poor." Things got worse in the last year, 58 percent say. Only 25 percent expect things to get better in the next year, while 18 percent expect them to get worse and 53 percent expect no change.

Despite this gloom, 67 percent expect the national economy to improve during President-elect Barack Obama's first term and 57 percent say the Obama administration will be able to solve the U.S. economic crisis.

From December 11 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,445 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling her job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              68%    74%    62%    72%    65%    71%
Disapprove           20     15     25     19     24     17
DK/NA                12     11     13      9     11     12
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              73%    68%    76%    65%    62%
Disapprove           18     22     10     21     24
DK/NA                 9     10     15     14     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling her job as Governor?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Dec 17  Jul 1   Mar 27  Nov 7   May 9   Jan 13  Jul 1
                     2008    2008    2008    2007    2007    2005    2008
                                                             
Approve              68      65      76      77      69      83      65
Disapprove           20      23      13      14      22       3      23
DK/NA                12      12      10       9       9      14      12
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              38%    68%    21%    40%    39%    37%
Disapprove           54     25     75     50     55     54
DK/NA                 8      8      4     10      6      9
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              37%    42%    38%    36%    38%
Disapprove           55     54     51     56     52
DK/NA                 8      5     11      7     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                            Highest Lowest
                                                            Approve Approve
                     Dec 17  Jul 1   Mar 27  Nov 8  May 10  Sep 21  Dec 17
                     2008    2008    2008    2007   2007    2000    2008
                             
Approve              38      45      52      52     53      80      38
Disapprove           54      43      35      38     39      14      54
DK/NA                 8      13      13       9      8       6       8
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              47%    22%    69%    41%    43%    51%
Disapprove           41     68     22     44     48     35
DK/NA                12     10      9     15      9     14
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              49%    47%    48%    46%    44%
Disapprove           40     44     39     38     46
DK/NA                11      9     13     16     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Dec 17  Jul 1   Mar 27  Nov 8   May 10  Apr 19  Dec 17
                     2008    2008    2008    2007    2007    2001    2008
                             
Approve              47      51      51      55      60      71      47
Disapprove           41      34      28      31      26      16      41
DK/NA                12      16      21      15      14      13      12
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              19%    46%     4%    18%    21%    16%
Disapprove           77     47     95     78     75     79
DK/NA                 4      7      1      4      3      5
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Approve              18%    21%    21%    16%    22%
Disapprove           78     77     70     81     73
DK/NA                 4      2      9      4      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Dec 17  Mar 27  Nov 8   May 10  Feb 19  Dec 19  Dec 17
                     2008    2008    2007    2007    2007    2001    2008
                             
Approve              19      20      24      24      24      87      19
Disapprove           77      76      71      72      72      10      77
DK/NA                 4       4       5       4       5       2       4
 
 
5. Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            71%    34%    93%    72%    68%    74%
Unfavorable          11     34      2      8     12     10
Hvn't hrd enough     15     29      5     16     18     13
REFUSED               2      4      -      4      2      2
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Favorable            66%    76%    63%    76%    68%
Unfavorable          15     10     11      8     11
Hvn't hrd enough     17     11     27     14     17
REFUSED               2      3      -      2      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Dec 17  Mar 27  May 10  Feb 19
                     2008    2008    2007    2007
                             
Favorable            71      59      51      48
Unfavorable          11      24      15      10
Hvn't hrd enough     15      15      32      40
REFUSED               2       2       1       2
 
 
6. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Connecticut today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        2%     3%     2%     1%     3%     2%
Smwht satisfied      41     46     42     40     42     41
Smwht dissatisfied   35     34     35     37     34     36
Very dissatisfied    20     16     20     20     20     20
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Very satisfied        3%     1%     5%     3%     2%
Smwht satisfied      41     45     32     42     40
Smwht dissatisfied   36     35     45     33     37
Very dissatisfied    18     18     19     21     21
DK/NA                 2      1      -      2      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Connecticut today? Very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Dec 17  Jul 1   Mar 27  Nov 7   Jun 8   May 2   Feb 16  
                     2008    2008    2008    2007    2006    2006    2006    
                             
Very Satisfied        2       4       6       6       8       7       7      
Smwht Satisfied      41      37      48      57      54      53      61      
Smwht Dissatisfied   35      35      30      24      25      29      22      
Very Dissatisfied    20      24      14      10      12      11       9      
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       -       -      
 
 
7. How likely are you to vote to re-elect Jodi Rell for Governor in 2010? Do you think you will definitely vote for her, probably vote for her, probably not vote for her, or definitely not vote for her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Definitely           14%    26%     8%    15%    12%    17%
Probably             40     48     32     44     42     39
Probably not         18     10     25     17     20     17
Definitely not       13      8     20      9     15     11
DK/NA                14      8     15     16     12     16
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Definitely           15%    13%    24%    13%    15%
Probably             42     44     36     38     35
Probably not         17     18     19     19     19
Definitely not       10     13      3     15     18
DK/NA                15     13     18     15     14
 
TREND: How likely are you to vote to re-elect Jodi Rell for Governor in 2010? Do you think you will definitely vote for her, probably vote for her, probably
                     Dec 17  Jul 1
                     2008    2008 
                     
Definitely           14      13    
Probably             40      40
Probably not         18      20
Definitely not       13      13
DK/NA                14      13
 
 
8. How likely are you to vote to re-elect Chris Dodd for United States Senator in 2010? Do you think you will definitely vote for him, probably vote for him, probably not vote for him, or definitely not vote for him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Definitely           13%     5%    26%     6%    14%    12%
Probably             31     14     41     31     28     34
Probably not         20     22     19     20     20     20
Definitely not       27     55      8     28     31     23
DK/NA                 9      5      6     14      7     11
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Definitely           12%    11%    16%    15%    15%
Probably             31     33     23     31     33
Probably not         20     19     22     23     16
Definitely not       25     29     31     23     28
DK/NA                12      8      7      8      8
 
TREND: How likely are you to vote to re-elect Chris Dodd for United States Senator in 2010 - Do you think you will definitely vote for him, probably vote for him, probably not vote for him, or definitely not vote for him?
                     Dec 17  Jul 1
                     2008    2008 
                     
Definitely           13      14    
Probably             31      37
Probably not         20      20
Definitely not       27      19
DK/NA                 9      10
 
9. What do you think is the most important problem facing Connecticut today?
                                    Tot
Economy Total                       59%
 Economy general                    14
 Unemployment/jobs                  36
 Stock market                        1
 Cost of living                      3
 Business leaving/Outsourcing        2
 Housing market/Real estate values   1
 Foreclosures/Mortgage crisis        1
 Economy other                       1
 
Taxes Total                         14%
 Taxes general                       7
 Property tax                        4
 Gas tax                             1
 Income Tax                          1
 Taxes other                         1
 
Budget Total                         6%
 Budget general                      1
 Budget cuts/Cuts in services        1
 Budget deficits                     2
 Gov too big/Gov spending            1
 Budget priorities                   1
 
Education Total                      5%
 Education general                   2
 Funding education                   2
 Education other                     1
 
Healthcare Total                     3%
 Healthcare/Costs/Ins/HMO's          3
 
Transportation Total                 2%
 Quality mass transit/Pub trans      1
 Poor conditions roads/highways      1
 
Politicians Total                    2%
 Politicians/Campaigns general       1
 Political corruption                1
 
Energy crisis/Gas prices general     1
Crime/Violence general               1
Immigration                          1
 
Other                                2%
DK/NA                                3%
 
TREND: What do you think is the most important problem facing Connecticut today?
                                 Dec 17  May 9   Jun 8   May 2   Feb 16  Jan 12
                                 2008    2007    2006    2006    2006    2006
 
Budget/Spending Total             6%      1       2%      1%      2%      2%
 Budget general                   1       -       1       1       1       1
 Budget cuts/Cuts in services     1       -       -       -       -       -
 Budget deficits                  2       -       -       -       -       -
 Government too big/Gov spending  1       1       1       -       1       -
 Budget priorities                1       -       -       -       -       1
 
Crime Total                       1%      1%      8%      3%      4%      4%
 Crime/Violence general           1       1       6       3       2       3
 
Economy Total                    59%     22%     19%     22%     27%     26%
 Economy general                 14       4       3       4       4       4
 Unemployment/jobs               36       8      11      11      17      14
 Stock market                     1       -       -       -       -       -
 Cost of living                   3       6       3       4       4       5
 Businesses leaving/Outsourcing   2       4       2       3       2       3
 Housing mrkt/Real estate vals    1       -       -       -       -       -
 Foreclosures/Mrtg crisis         1       -       -       -       -       -
 Economy other                    1       -       -       -       -       -
 
Education Total                   5%      8%      9%      7%     10%     10%
 Education general                2       5       6       5       5       7
 Funding education                2       2       3       2       4       3
 Education other                  1       1       -       -       -       -
 
Energy costs Total                1%      5%      7%     15%      1%      4%
 Energy costs general             1       3       2       2       1       2
 Gas prices                       -       2       5      13       -       1
 
Healthcare Total                  3%      8%      3%      3%      4%      3%
 Healthcare/Costs/Insurance/HMO's 3       8       3       3       3       3
 
Immigration                       1       2       2       2       -       -
 
Politicians/Campaigns Total       2%      1%      1%      2%      3%      3%
 Politicians/Campaigns general    1       1       -       -       -       1
 Political corruption             1       -       1       1       2       2
 
Taxes Total                      14%     29%     21%     20%     22%     19%
 Taxes general                    7      20      14      14      16      14
 Property tax                     4       6       4       4       5       3
 Gas tax                          1       1       2       1       -       1
 Income Tax                       1       2       1       1       1       1
 Taxes other                      1       -       -       -       -       -
 
Transportation/DMV Total          2%      4%      6%      8%      7%      4%
 Better mass trans/Public trans   1       1       1       1       1       -
 Poor condition of roads/highways 1       -       1       1       2       1
 
Other                             2       2       4       4       4       4
DK/NA                             3       6       7       5       7       9
  
 
10. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Excellent             -      1%     -      -      -      -
Good                  2      1      2      3      3      2
Not so good          29     45     22     27     28     29
Poor                 68     53     76     69     68     68
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      1      -
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Dec 17  Mar 27  Sep 30  Aug 19  Dec 20  Apr 23
                     2008    2008    2004    2004    2001    2001
                             
Excellent             -       -       1       1       1       4
Good                  2      11      36      36      31      57
Not so good          29      43      45      44      54      34
Poor                 68      45      18      18      13       5
DK/NA                 -       1       1       1       1       -
 
 
11. Would you describe the state of Connecticut's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                 11     11      9     12     15      8
Not so good          62     68     61     64     59     65
Poor                 26     19     30     24     26     25
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      -      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Excellent             -      -     -       -      -
Good                 10     13     11     12     10
Not so good          60     67     63     62     59
Poor                 30     19     26     25     28
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      3
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of Connecticut's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Dec 17  Jul 1   Apr 7   Nov 24  Jun 4   Nov 21  Oct 9   
                     2008    2008    2005    2004    2004    2003    2003    
                             
Excellent             -       1       2       2       1       2      1       
Good                 11      29      43      51      41      37     29       
Not so good          62      48      41      36      42      43     47       
Poor                 26      22      12       8      14      18     22       
DK/NA                 1       1       2       3       2       1      1       
 
 
12. Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Excellent             5%     8%     3%     6%     6%     4%
Good                 48     55     45     48     52     44
Not so good          34     28     37     35     33     35
Poor                 12      9     14     10      8     15
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Excellent             5%     5%     3%     5%     7%
Good                 47     52     52     42     51
Not so good          33     34     33     39     27
Poor                 14      7     12     13     12
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Excellent             6%     4%     3%     4%     9%
Good                 49     48     35     51     63
Not so good          33     34     39     38     23
Poor                 11     13     23      8      4
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Dec 17  Dec 20  Apr 23   
                     2008    2001    2001   
                                            
Excellent             5      11      10     
Good                 48      65      63     
Not so good          34      18      20     
Poor                 12       5       6     
DK/NA                 1       1       1   
 
 
13. Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Better off           22%    26%    20%    23%    30%    15%
Worse off            58     51     65     57     52     64
SAME(VOL)            18     23     14     19     16     20
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Better off           21%    24%    22%    20%    26%
Worse off            62     55     57     63     52
SAME(VOL)            16     20     19     17     21
DK/NA                 1      1      3      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Better off           31%    14%    18%    24%    31%
Worse off            54     63     58     58     56
SAME(VOL)            14     22     23     17     12
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                     Dec 17  Jul 1   Apr 7   Nov 24  Nov 21  Oct 9   Jul 31  
                     2008    2008    2005    2004    2003    2003    2003    
                             
Better off           22      25      39      40      37      32      35      
Worse off            58      60      35      32      41      46      42      
Same                 18      14      25      26      21      20      22      
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1      
 
 
14. During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Get better           25%    26%    24%    26%    28%    22%
Get worse            18     14     19     19     18     18
Stay the same        53     56     53     51     51     54
DK/NA                 4      4      4      4      2      6
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Get better           27%    28%    18%    21%    26%
Get worse            21     17     18     17     19
Stay the same        50     51     60     56     50
DK/NA                 3      4      4      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Get better           30%    20%    25%    28%    25%
Get worse            17     20     19     20     17
Stay the same        50     55     54     49     56
DK/NA                 3      5      3      4      2
 
TREND: During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Dec 17  Dec 20   
                     2008    2001    
                             
Get better           25      33 
Get worse            18       7
Stay the same        53      58 
DK/NA                 4       2
 
 
15. By the end of Barack Obama's term in office, do you expect the economy to be better than it is today, worse than it is today, or about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Better               67%    50%    81%    66%    69%    66%
Worse                 8     22      3      6      9      8
Same                 20     22     13     23     18     21
DK/NA                 5      7      3      5      5      5
 
 
16. Do you think the Obama administration will be able to solve the nation's economic crisis or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  57%    29%    76%    55%    56%    58%
No                   31     55     15     33     33     29
DK/NA                12     16      9     12     11     13
 
 
17. About how many years will it take to solve the nation's economic crisis?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
1 to 2 years         12%    13%    12%    10%    15%     8%
3 to 5 years         51     49     54     50     51     50
6 to 10 years        27     26     26     29     24     29
More than 10 years    8      8      6      8      7      8
DK/NA                 3      4      2      3      2      4
 
 
18. Are you currently employed, employed part time, retired, not working but looking for a job or not working and not looking for a job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Employed             54%    56%    51%    55%    62%    46%
Part time            10      6     10     11      8     12
Retired              23     23     23     21     19     26
Looking               5      4      6      6      5      5
Not looking           7      8      8      6      4     10
DK/NA                 2      2      2      1      2      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Employed             50%    60%    48%    55%    50%
Part time            11      8      7      9     13
Retired              22     21     31     22     25
Looking               4      5      4      7      4
Not looking          10      5     10      5      6
DK/NA                 2      1      -      1      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Employed             70%    39%    32%    66%    76%
Part time            10     10      9     13      7
Retired               1     42     39     12      7
Looking               8      3      8      4      3
Not looking           9      5      9      4      7
DK/NA                 2      1      3      -      -
 
 
19. (If working full or part time q18) Because of what's going on in the economy today, how worried are you about losing your job - Very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                     WORKING Q18...........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very worried         10%     8%    10%    12%    10%    10%
Smwht worried        25     21     30     22     25     25
Not too worried      31     26     34     30     28     34
Not worried at all   34     45     26     36     37     31
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Very worried          8%     8%    16%    13%    11%
Smwht worried        27     23     17     25     27
Not too worried      20     36     41     30     34
Not worried at all   45     32     26     31     29
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Very worried         10%    10%    14%    11%     6%
Smwht worried        23     28     30     21     25
Not too worried      33     27     31     34     25
Not worried at all   33     35     24     34     44
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -
 
 
20. (All except retired q18) Do you have a 401k or some other type of retirement plan?
                     ALL EXCEPT RETIRED Q18................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  72%    82%    69%    72%    74%    70%
No                   28     16     31     28     26     30
DK/NA                 1      2      -      -      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  68%    77%    49%    77%    87%
No                   32     22     50     23     13
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -
 
 
21. (If retired q18) Are you living on some kind of retirement plan?
                     RETIRED Q18...........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  72%    73%    73%    71%    79%    66%
No                   27     24     26     27     19     32
DK/NA                 2      3      1      2      2      2
 
 
22. (If have retirement plan - Retired or Not) Because of what's going on in the economy today has that plan lost money in the last year?
                     RETIREMENT PLAN Q20 or Q21............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  79%    76%    79%    80%    80%    77%
No                   18     19     18     17     17     19
DK/NA                 3      4      3      3      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  83%    75%    60%    83%    91%
No                   14     22     35     14      7
DK/NA                 3      3      5      3      1
 
 
23. (If yes q22) Would you say your plan has lost a lot of money, some money, or only a little money?
                     LOST MONEY Q22........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
A lot                50%    43%    48%    56%    53%    46%
Some                 41     40     45     37     37     45
Only a little         8     13      5      7      8      8
DK/NA                 2      4      3      -      3      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
A lot                49%    51%    36%    47%    60%
Some                 42     38     50     42     34
Only a little         8      7     10      9      5
DK/NA                 1      3      4      1      2
 
 
24. This year are you going to spend more on holiday gifts, less or about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
More                  3%     4%     3%     3%     5%     2%
Less                 58     54     61     59     53     63
Same                 37     42     35     37     42     33
DK/NA                 2      1      1      1      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
More                  5%     1%     3%     5%     2%
Less                 62     55     59     64     55
Same                 33     41     37     31     43
DK/NA                 -      3      1      -      -
 
 
26. (If less q24) Would you say a lot less, somewhat less, or only a little less?
                     SPEND LESS Q24........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
A lot less           42%    34%    52%    35%    39%    44%
Somewhat less        39     41     33     43     39     39
Only a little        19     23     15     21     21     17
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
A lot                43%    41%    52%    42%    29%
Smwht                37     41     33     38     48
Only a little        20     18     15     20     22
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      1
 
 
27. Because of what's going on in the economy today, how worried are you that you will not have enough money to live on in retirement - Very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very worried         26%    18%    29%    27%    21%    31%
Smwht worried        39     38     40     38     37     40
Not too worried      22     21     22     24     26     19
Not worried at all   13     23      8     10     16     10
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Very worried         27%    26%    33%    32%    12%
Smwht worried        36     42     39     39     37
Not too worried      22     22     17     18     33
Not worried at all   15     10     10     12     18
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -
 
 
28. (All except retired q18) Because of what's going on in the economy today, are you planning on delaying your retirement?
                     ALL EXCEPT RETIRED Q18................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  38%    32%    39%    41%    34%    42%
No                   54     61     52     52     59     49
DK/NA                 8      7      9      7      6      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  30%    52%    47%    38%    31%
No                   62     41     43     52     64
DK/NA                 8      7      9      9      4
 
 
29. Are you now covered by some kind of health insurance plan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  93%    96%    96%    90%    93%    94%
No                    7      4      4     10      7      6
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  92%    95%    88%    94%    98%
No                    8      5     11      6      2
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -
 
 
30. (If yes q29) Because of what's going on in the economy today how worried are you about losing your health care coverage - Very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                     HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE Q29.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very worried          9%     5%    11%    10%     8%    10%
Smwht worried        22     21     23     22     19     26
Not too worried      29     25     31     29     27     31
Not worried at all   38     48     33     39     46     31
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.   INCOME.............
                     <50    50+    <50    50-100 >100K
 
Very worried          8%    10%    11%    10%     3%
Smwht worried        19     26     27     21     20
Not too worried      30     28     33     29     25
Not worried at all   42     35     29     39     52
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -
 
 
31. Do you approve or disapprove of the Connecticut Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in Connecticut?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              52%    30%    65%    50%    45%    58%
Disapprove           39     62     27     39     46     33
DK/NA                 9      8      8     11     10      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......
                     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              67%    56%    39%
Disapprove           22     37     50
DK/NA                11      7     10
 
 
32. Do you think same-sex couples should be allowed legally to marry, should be allowed legally to form civil unions but not marry, or should not be allowed to obtain legal recognition of their relationships?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Marry                43%    22%    57%    41%    36%    50%
Civil unions         39     53     26     45     44     34
No recognition       12     18     12     10     15     11
DK/NA                 6      7      5      4      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......
                     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Marry                62%    45%    32%
Civil unions         23     39     46
No recognition       10     11     15
DK/NA                 5      5      8
 
TREND: Do you think same-sex couples should be allowed legally to marry, should be allowed legally to form civil unions, but not marry, or should not be allowed to obtain legal recognition of their relationships?
                     
                     Dec 17  Feb 15
                     2008    2007 
                                  
Marry                43      39
Civil unions         39      33
No recognition       12      22
DK/NA                 6       6
 
 
33. Would you support or oppose amending the Connecticut State Constitution to ban same-sex marriage?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              33%    49%    23%    34%    38%    28%
Oppose               61     46     73     58     56     66
DK/NA                 6      5      4      8      7      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......
                     18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              25%    29%    41%
Oppose               70     66     51
DK/NA                 6      5      8
 
 
34.Did you vote for Senator in 2006, did something prevent you from voting, or did you choose not to vote for Senator in 2006?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Voted                74%    83%    74%    71%    74%    74%
Didn't vote          18     11     16     23     19     17
COULDN'T/INELIGIBLE   4      3      6      2      6      3
DK/NA                 3      3      4      3      2      5
 
 
 
 
 
35. (If voted in Senate race q34) Did you vote for Joe Lieberman the independent, Ned Lamont the democrat, or Alan Schlesinger the republican?
                     VOTED FOR SENATOR IN 2006.............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Lieberman            48%    62%    30%    57%    50%    45%
Lamont               35      7     63     24     35     36
Schlesinger           9     25      1      8      9      9
DIDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      1      1      2
DK/NA                 6      5      4      9      4      8
 
 
36. (If Lieberman q35) If you had a chance to vote again today, would you still vote for Joe Lieberman for Senator, or would you vote for someone else?
                     VOTED FOR LIEBERMAN IN 2006...........
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes/Lieberman        60%    76%    32%    66%    65%    56%
No/Someone else      30     19     59     22     28     33
DK/NA                 9      5     10     12      7     11
 
TREND: If you had a chance to vote again today, would you still vote for Joe Lieberman for Senator, or would you vote for someone else?
                     VOTED FOR LIEBERMAN IN 2006..
                     Dec 17  Nov 8
                     2008    2007 
                                  
Yes/Lieberman        60      78
No/Someone else      30      15
DK/NA                 9       7
 
 
37. Did Joe Lieberman's strong support for John McCain for President make you think more favorably of Lieberman, less favorably of Lieberman, or didn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
More favorably       14%    42%     3%    10%    17%    11%
Less favorably       42     11     67     36     42     43
No difference        43     47     30     52     40     45
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
More favorably       16%    13%    13%    13%    13%
Less favorably       42     43     38     47     36
No difference        41     43     48     39     49
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      2
 
 
 
 
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