February 11, 2009 - Obama's Approval In Connecticut Almost Rell-Like, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Stimulus, But Don't Think It Will Help Them

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Connecticut voters approve 69 - 18 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, short of the 75 - 19 percent approval for Republican Gov. Jodi Rell, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

President Obama gets a 92 - 2 percent approval among Democrats and 69 - 15 percent among independent voters, while Republicans turn thumbs down 49 - 31 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Connecticut voters approve 63 - 21 percent of the way Obama is handling the economy. While Republicans disapprove 52 - 26 percent, Obama's approval on the economy is consistent across all age groups and income levels.

By a 58 - 32 percent margin, voters support Obama's Economic Stimulus Package, and 52 percent are "very confident" or "somewhat confident" it will work, while 45 percent are "not too confident" or "not confident at all."

And voters say 59 - 33 percent that the Stimulus Package will not help them personally. Democrats split 45 - 43 percent on whether the package will help, while Republicans, independent voters and voters in every income and age group do not expect to benefit personally.

"President Obama starts off with a high approval rating in Connecticut - in Jodi Rell territory" said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.

"Voters are optimistic that the economy will get better under President Obama and they support his Economic Stimulus Package. But they don't expect the Stimulus Package to start working for at least a year, and most don't expect it to help them personally."

Only 5 percent of Connecticut voters expect the Stimulus Package to work in less than a year, while 73 percent say it will take longer and 19 percent say it never will work.

But 68 percent of voters, including 43 percent of Republicans, expect the economy to get better during Obama's first term.

Only 2 percent of Connecticut voters describe the national economy as "good," while 28 percent say "not so good" and 69 percent say "poor," by 1 percentage point the lowest measure of the nation's economy ever in the state.

Voter opinion of the state's economy also is the lowest ever, as 6 percent say "good," 53 percent say "not so good" and 39 percent say poor.

Looking at their own finances, 4 percent of Connecticut voters say "excellent" with 44 percent who say "good," 35 percent who say "not so good" and 15 percent who say "poor," once again the lowest measure on this question.

Only 18 percent of Connecticut voters say they are better off than they were a year ago, while 60 percent say they are worse off and 21 percent say things are the same.

Only 24 percent expect things to get better for them in the next year, while 20 percent expect things to get worse and 51 percent say things will stay the same.

"Even with a bleak outlook for the state and national economy, and their personal financial situation, Connecticut voters have high approval ratings for their Democratic President, Barack Obama, and their Republican Governor, Jodi Rell," Dr. Schwartz said.

From February 5 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,603 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 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.

17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              69%    31%    92%    69%    66%    71%
Disapprove           18     49      2     15     20     16
DK/NA                13     21      6     16     13     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Approve              71%    69%    68%    69%    68%    67%    69%    69%
Disapprove           16     18     19     15     19     20     17     19
DK/NA                13     14     13     16     13     12     14     12
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              63%    26%    86%    67%    60%    66%
Disapprove           21     52      3     18     23     19
DK/NA                16     22     11     15     17     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Approve              66%    64%    62%    64%    62%    63%    64%    63%
Disapprove           16     21     22     16     25     24     19     24
DK/NA                17     15     17     19     13     14     18     13
 
 
26. 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             -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  2      4      1      1      2      2
Not so good          28     38     25     28     28     29
Poor                 69     58     74     71     70     69
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  2      2      2      3      2      1      2      2
Not so good          33     28     26     31     26     28     30     26
Poor                 64     70     71     66     72     71     67     72
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1      1      -      1      -
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Feb 11  Dec 17  Mar 27  Sep 30  Aug 19  Dec 20  Apr 23
                     2009    2008    2008    2004    2004    2001    2001
 
Excellent             -       -       -       1       1       1       4
Good                  2       2      11      36      36      31      57
Not so good          28      29      43      45      44      54      34
Poor                 69      68      45      18      18      13       5
DK/NA                 1       -       1       1       1       1       -
 
 
27. 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                  6     12      5      4      7      6
Not so good          53     58     50     54     50     57
Poor                 39     29     44     40     42     37
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      -      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -
Good                 10      6      9      3      7
Not so good          61     49     50     54     50
Poor                 29     45     40     42     43
DK/NA                 -      1      1      2      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  9      5      7      5      6     10      6      8
Not so good          55     53     52     52     54     54     53     54
Poor                 36     41     40     42     40     37     40     38
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      1      -      1      -
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of Connecticut's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXCLNT+GOOD...
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 10  Dec 17  Jul 1   Apr 7   Nov 24  Dec 20  Feb 10
                     2009    2008    2008    2005    2004    2001    2009
 
Excellent             -       -       1       2       2       3       -
Good                  6      11      29      43      51      51       6
Not so good          53      62      48      41      36      38      53
Poor                 39      26      22      12       8       7      39
DK/NA                 1       1       1       2       3       1       1
 
 
28. 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             4%     7%     4%     3%     6%     3%
Good                 44     54     39     44     45     42
Not so good          35     26     41     36     33     38
Poor                 15     12     15     15     14     15
DK/NA                 2      1      1      2      2      2
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Excellent             4%     2%     5%     3%     8%
Good                 46     43     43     42     44
Not so good          35     38     36     36     31
Poor                 13     15     10     18     14
DK/NA                 2      2      6      1      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Excellent             5%     5%     3%     2%     4%     8%     3%     6%
Good                 38     48     41     28     47     64     36     57
Not so good          31     34     40     44     37     21     40     28
Poor                 24     13     13     25     11      6     19      7
DK/NA                 1      1      3      2      1      -      3      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Feb 11  Dec 17  Dec 20  Apr 23
                     2009    2008    2001    2001
 
Excellent             4       5      11      10
Good                 44      48      65      63
Not so good          35      34      18      20
Poor                 15      12       5       6
DK/NA                 2       1       1       1
 
 
29. 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           18%    22%    18%    17%    22%    14%
Worse off            60     55     60     61     57     62
SAME(VOL)            21     22     20     22     19     23
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      1      1
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Better off           13%    17%    15%    20%    23%
Worse off            66     59     56     58     54
SAME(VOL)            19     23     28     21     20
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Better off           30%    21%     9%    17%    22%    20%    17%    19%
Worse off            52     61     63     58     62     57     60     59
SAME(VOL)            16     17     27     24     15     23     22     21
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      2
 
TREND: Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                                                             BETTER OFF....
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 11  Dec 17  Jul 1   Apr 7   Nov 24  Nov 24  Feb 11
                     2009    2008    2008    2005    2004    2004    2009
 
Better off           18      22      25      39      40      40      18
Worse off            60      58      60      35      32      32      60
Same                 21      18      14      25      26      26      21
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
30. 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           24%    26%    27%    20%    26%    23%
Get worse            20     17     19     21     19     20
Stay the same        51     51     51     54     51     52
DK/NA                 5      6      4      4      4      5
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Get better           21%    27%    17%    27%    22%
Get worse            21     20     19     19     18
Stay the same        51     48     60     51     56
DK/NA                 7      5      4      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Get better           44%    24%    16%    28%    19%    26%    25%    22%
Get worse            17     22     19     17     22     23     20     19
Stay the same        37     50     59     52     55     49     49     55
DK/NA                 2      4      6      4      4      2      5      3
 
TREND: During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Feb 11  Dec 17  Dec 20
                     2009    2008    2001
 
Get better           24      25      33
Get worse            20      18       7
Stay the same        51      53      58
DK/NA                 5       4       2
 
 
31. 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               68%    43%    86%    65%    68%    68%
Worse                10     22      2     10     11      9
Same                 18     28     10     20     17     19
DK/NA                 4      6      2      5      4      4
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Better               63%    71%    56%    71%    71%
Worse                 9      9      9     11     11
Same                 22     17     28     15     16
DK/NA                 6      3      7      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Better               77%    69%    63%    65%    69%    69%    67%    70%
Worse                 5     11     11     11      9     11     10     10
Same                 18     18     19     19     19     18     19     17
DK/NA                 1      3      7      5      3      3      4      4
 
 
32. Congress is debating President Obama's economic stimulus package which includes tax cuts and new federal spending of about 800 billion dollars. Do you support or oppose this economic stimulus package?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              58%    23%    82%    57%    58%    57%
Oppose               32     71      9     31     35     29
DK/NA                10      5      8     12      6     13
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Support              57%    58%    52%    59%    60%
Oppose               35     30     38     29     33
DK/NA                 7     12     10     12      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Support              61%    60%    54%    58%    57%    59%    57%    59%
Oppose               29     30     35     30     33     34     32     33
DK/NA                11     10     10     11     10      6     11      8
 
 
33. How confident are you that this economic stimulus package will help solve the nation's economic problems - Very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very confident        5%     1%    11%     2%     5%     5%
Smwht confident      47     19     66     49     45     49
Not too confident    26     33     16     31     28     24
Not confident at all 19     45      4     16     20     18
DK/NA                 3      2      2      3      2      4
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Very confident        6%     5%     3%     4%     5%
Smwht confident      46     47     44     48     49
Not too confident    25     22     29     29     28
Not confident at all 21     22     23     15     16
DK/NA                 2      4      2      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Very confident        5%     5%     5%     7%     5%     3%     6%     4%
Smwht confident      46     49     45     48     45     49     46     49
Not too confident    30     24     27     26     29     23     26     25
Not confident at all 15     20     20     16     19     23     18     21
DK/NA                 4      3      3      4      2      2      4      2
 
 
34. How long do you think it will take for the program to work - less than a year, more than a year, or will it never work?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Less than a year      5%     2%     6%     5%     4%     5%
More than a year     73     51     88     75     71     74
Never                19     43      4     17     22     16
DK/NA                 4      4      2      4      3      4
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Less than a year      4%     5%     7%     4%     5%
More than a year     71     71     72     77     72
Never                21     19     20     15     20
DK/NA                 3      4      1      4      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Less than a year      5%     5%     4%     7%     3%     5%     6%     4%
More than a year     79     72     71     74     76     68     73     73
Never                12     20     20     15     18     25     17     22
DK/NA                 4      2      5      4      3      1      5      1
 
 
35. Do you think the economic stimulus package will help your personal financial situation?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  33%    17%    45%    30%    32%    33%
No                   59     79     43     63     61     57
DK/NA                 9      4     13      7      7     10
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Yes                  31%    35%    25%    35%    32%
No                   59     58     71     54     62
DK/NA                10      8      4     10      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Yes                  34%    37%    27%    33%    37%    28%    34%    30%
No                   57     56     63     56     56     67     56     63
DK/NA                 9      6     11     11      7      5     10      7