January 14, 2010 - Blumenthal Body Slams Republicans In Connecticut, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Lieberman Approval Plummets

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Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has 35 to 47-point leads over three Republican candidates for the 2010 U.S. Senate contest, thumping former wrestling executive Linda McMahon 64 - 23 percent, bruising businessman Peter Schiff 66 - 19 percent and smacking former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons 62 - 27 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Simmons tops McMahon 37 - 27 percent in a Republican primary, with 4 percent for Schiff and 28 percent undecided, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Blumenthal, who only announced his candidacy January 6, leads Merrick Alpert in a Democratic primary 82 - 4 percent.

In matchups with Republicans, Blumenthal gets 89 to 90 percent of the Democratic voters, 60 to 64 percent of the independent voters and 30 to 38 percent of Republican voters.

Connecticut voters approve 84 - 11 percent of the job Blumenthal is doing as attorney general and give him a 74 - 13 percent favorability rating.

"Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's job approval is unbelievably high, higher than any other politician we've ever measured, other than former President George W. Bush after 9/11," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

"Rob Simmons must be wondering what happened. In September, prior to McMahon's entry, he was the clear frontrunner for the nomination. He was at 43 percent and no other Republican was in double digits. He also was ahead of Dodd. Now, Simmons is in a real Republican primary race with Linda McMahon and gets destroyed by Blumenthal."

Connecticut voters say 82 - 11 percent that Blumenthal has the right kind of experience to be a U.S. Senator; 81 - 9 percent that he is honest and trustworthy and 80 - 12 percent that he cares about their needs and problems.

McMahon does not have the right experience to be a Senator, voters say 43 - 24 percent, but she is honest and trustworthy, voters say 35 - 15 percent, and she cares about their needs and problems, voters say 37 - 26 percent.

Simmons has the experience, voters say 53 - 16 percent; is honest and trustworthy, voters say 49 - 14 percent, and cares about their needs and problems, voters say 51 - 19 percent.

Lieberman, Dodd Approval

Connecticut voters disapprove 54 - 39 percent of the job Sen. Joseph Lieberman is doing, one point off his worst grade ever and a steep drop from a 49 - 44 percent approval November 12. Republicans approve 61 - 35 percent while Democrats disapprove 67 - 27 percent and independent voters disapprove 57 - 36 percent.

Voters disapprove 58 - 36 percent of the job Sen. Christopher Dodd is doing. Only 12 percent are disappointed Dodd is not seeking reelection, because they think he is doing a good job and another 13 percent are disappointed because a Republican would have a better chance against Dodd. But 38 percent of voters say they are glad, because Dodd is not doing a good job and 27 percent are glad because it gives another Democrat a better chance to win the Senate seat.

Connecticut voters approve 64 - 28 percent of the job Gov. Jodi Rell is doing. President Barack Obama gets a 55 -41 percent approval, his lowest ever in Connecticut.

"The voters are in an anti-incumbent mood. Connecticut's Senators and President Barack Obama have seen their job approval numbers drop," Dr. Schwartz said. "Sen. Lieberman has suffered the biggest drop - to a low approval rating of 39 percent. Apparently, the national headlines Lieberman made during the health care debate have taken a toll on his popularity."

From January 8 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,430 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. The survey includes 542 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percentage points and 378 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 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. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. (If registered Democrat) If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Richard Blumenthal and Merrick Alpert, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Blumenthal           82%    87%    79%
Alpert                4      7      3
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      1
DK/NA                12      5     16
 
 
2. (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Simmons, Linda McMahon and Peter Schiff, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Simmons              37%    42%    31%
McMahon              27     27     28
Schiff                4      4      3
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      3
DK/NA                28     24     33
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Simmons, Linda McMahon and Peter Schiff, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS.......................
                     Jan 14  Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Simmons              37      28      43      42      48
McMahon              27      17      na      na      na
Schiff                4       5       2       -      na
Foley                na       9       5       5      na
Caligiuri            na       4       4       5      10
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       -       2       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       2       1       2
DK/NA                28      36      43      45      39
 
 
3. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Richard Blumenthal the Democrat and Rob Simmons the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Blumenthal           62%    30%    89%    60%    57%    66%
Simmons              27     63      2     28     35     19
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      -      -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      1      -      1
DK/NA                10      5      8     11      7     14
 
 
4. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Richard Blumenthal the Democrat and Linda McMahon the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Blumenthal           64%    36%    89%    62%    60%    68%
McMahon              23     54      2     24     30     18
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      2      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                11      8      8     11      9     12
 
 
5. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Richard Blumenthal the Democrat and Peter Schiff the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Blumenthal           66%    38%    90%    64%    62%    70%
Schiff               19     46      2     19     25     13
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      1      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                14     13      8     15     12     15
 
 
6. Is your opinion of - Richard Blumenthal favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            74%    62%    84%    74%    70%    77%
Unfavorable          13     29      1     15     20      7
Hvn't hrd enough     12      8     14     10     10     14
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      -      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Richard Blumenthal favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jan 14  Feb 10
                     2010    2009
 
Favorable            74      71
Unfavorable          13      13
Hvn't hrd enough     12      15
REFUSED               1       2
 
 
7. Is your opinion of - Merrick Alpert favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable             3%     3%     4%     2%     4%     3%
Unfavorable           3      1      5      3      4      3
Hvn't hrd enough     93     94     90     95     91     94
REFUSED               1      2      1      -      1      1
 
TREND:Is your opinion of Merrick Alpert favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jan 14  Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable             3       1       2       3       4
Unfavorable           3       3       2       1       2
Hvn't hrd enough     93      96      96      95      93
REFUSED               1       -       -       1       1
 
 
8. Is your opinion of - Rob Simmons favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            36%    56%    19%    40%    43%    30%
Unfavorable          18      9     26     17     17     18
Hvn't hrd enough     45     34     54     40     39     50
REFUSED               2      1      2      2      1      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Rob Simmons favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jan 14  Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Mar 10
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            36      40      41      39      34      39      36
Unfavorable          18      10      11      12      12      12      10
Hvn't hrd enough     45      49      46      48      53      47      53
REFUSED               2       1       2       1       1       2       1
 
 
9. Is your opinion of - Linda McMahon favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            24%    43%    10%    26%    27%    21%
Unfavorable          21     15     32     15     19     22
Hvn't hrd enough     54     42     56     58     53     55
REFUSED               1      -      2      1      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Linda McMahon favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Jan 14  Nov 12
                     2010    2009
 
Favorable            24      20
Unfavorable          21      13
Hvn't hrd enough     54      66
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
10. Is your opinion of - Peter Schiff favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable             8%    19%     2%     8%    10%     6%
Unfavorable           5      5      6      5      5      6
Hvn't hrd enough     86     75     92     86     84     88
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      1      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Peter Schiff favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jan 14  Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23
                     2010    2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable             8       7       6       7
Unfavorable           5       4       2       3
Hvn't hrd enough     86      88      92      89
REFUSED               1       1       -       1
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling her job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              64%    84%    49%    64%    70%    58%
Disapprove           28     14     41     27     26     31
DK/NA                 7      2      9      8      4     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling her job as Governor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 14  Nov 10  Sep 16  Jul 22  May 27  Jan 13  Sep 16
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2005    2009
 
Approve              64      64      59      65      73      83      59
Disapprove           28      30      34      30      20       3      34
DK/NA                 7       6       7       5       7      14       7
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              30%    21%    39%    28%    27%    32%
Disapprove           58     71     46     61     63     53
DK/NA                13      8     15     11     10     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 14  Nov 10  Sep 16  Jul 22  May 9   Jun 3   Jul 31
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2007    2004    2003
 
Approve              30      33      35      39      45      48      29
Disapprove           58      54      55      45      38      33      57
DK/NA                13      13      11      16      17      19      14
 
 
13. 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              39%    61%    27%    36%    40%    39%
Disapprove           54     35     67     57     55     54
DK/NA                 6      4      6      7      5      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 14  Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Sep 21  Dec 17
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2000    2008
 
Approve              39      49      48      46      46      80      38
Disapprove           54      44      45      46      44      14      54
DK/NA                 6       8       7       8      10       6       8
 
 
14. 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              36%    10%    62%    28%    32%    38%
Disapprove           58     86     31     64     65     53
DK/NA                 6      4      7      7      3      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 14  Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 19  Apr 2
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2001    2009
 
Approve              36      40      43      42      38      71      33
Disapprove           58      54      49      52      53      16      58
DK/NA                 6       6       8       6      10      13       9
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              84%    73%    90%    86%    83%    85%
Disapprove           11     24      2     11     14      9
DK/NA                 5      3      8      3      3      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as State Attorney General?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 14  Nov 10  Sep 16  Jul 22  May 27  Jan 14  Nov 23
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2010    2004
 
Approve              84      78      78      79      78      84      71
Disapprove           11      13      14      13       9      11      15
DK/NA                 5       9       8       8      13       5      13
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              55%    21%    86%    49%    48%    61%
Disapprove           41     75     12     46     47     35
DK/NA                 4      4      2      5      5      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 71% Apr 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 14  Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  May 27  Jan 14
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009*   2010
 
Approve              55      58      57      63      71      71      55
Disapprove           41      35      36      32      22      22      41
DK/NA                 4       7       6       5       7       7       4
 
 
17. Which comes closest to your point of view about Senator Dodd's decision to not seek reelection - I'm glad because he wasn't doing a good job, I'm glad because I wanted to see a Democratic candidate who had a better chance of winning the general election, I'm disappointed because he was doing a good job, or I'm disappointed because the Republicans had a better chance of winning if Dodd stayed in the race?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Glad/not good job    38%    53%    19%    45%    43%    34%
Glad/wanted Dem
 with better chance  27      4     54     19     22     31
Disapp/good job      12      5     17     11     10     14
Disapp/Reps had
 better chance       13     33      3     12     18      9
DK/NA                 9      5      7     12      7     12
 
 
18. Do you think Linda McMahon has the right kind of experience to be a United States Senator from Connecticut or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  24%    39%    13%    25%    27%    21%
No                   43     35     52     41     44     42
DK/NA                33     26     35     35     29     37
 
TREND: Do you think Linda McMahon has the right kind of experience to be a United States Senator from Connecticut or not?
                     Jan 14  Nov 12
                     2010    2009
 
Yes                  24      25
No                   43      34
DK/NA                33      41
 
 
19. Would you say that Linda McMahon cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  37%    59%    20%    41%    40%    35%
No                   26     16     36     23     27     25
DK/NA                37     25     44     36     33     41
 
 
20. Would you say that Linda McMahon is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  35%    52%    20%    39%    40%    31%
No                   15     15     21     11     16     15
DK/NA                50     33     59     49     45     54
 
 
21. Would you say that Linda McMahon has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  38%    53%    23%    42%    41%    35%
No                   21     15     30     17     22     20
DK/NA                41     32     47     41     37     45
 
 
22. Do you think Rob Simmons has the right kind of experience to be a United States Senator from Connecticut or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  53%    65%    43%    58%    61%    46%
No                   16     13     19     16     16     17
DK/NA                30     22     38     27     23     37
 
 
23. Would you say that Rob Simmons cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  51%    64%    41%    52%    55%    48%
No                   19     15     23     20     21     18
DK/NA                30     21     37     28     24     34
 
 
24. Would you say that Rob Simmons is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  49%    58%    41%    52%    57%    42%
No                   14     17     14     12     15     14
DK/NA                37     25     44     35     28     44
 
 
25. Would you say that Rob Simmons has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  49%    64%    35%    52%    55%    44%
No                   15     14     20     13     15     16
DK/NA                36     22     45     34     30     41
 
 
26. Do you think Richard Blumenthal has the right kind of experience to be a United States Senator from Connecticut or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  82%    68%    90%    84%    80%    83%
No                   11     25      3     10     16      7
DK/NA                 8      7      8      6      4     10
 
 
27. Would you say that Richard Blumenthal cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  80%    70%    90%    80%    78%    82%
No                   12     25      2     13     17      8
DK/NA                 7      4      8      6      4     10
 
 
28. Would you say that Richard Blumenthal is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  81%    73%    86%    84%    82%    81%
No                    9     20      2      8     11      6
DK/NA                10      7     12      8      7     13
 
 
29. Would you say that Richard Blumenthal has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  82%    75%    88%    81%    80%    84%
No                    9     19      3     10     13      6
DK/NA                 9      6      8      9      7     10
 
 
30. How much have you heard or read about Senator Lieberman's stance on health care reform? A lot, some, not much or nothing at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
A lot                34%    40%    33%    34%    41%    28%
Some                 43     49     37     45     41     46
Not much             17      9     24     14     13     20
Nothing at all        5      2      5      6      5      5
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1
 
 
31. Does Senator Lieberman's stance on health care reform make you more likely to vote for him, less likely, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
More likely          15%    30%     7%    14%    16%    14%
Less likely          41     31     51     40     44     38
Doesn't make diff    38     33     35     42     35     41
DK/NA                 6      6      8      4      5      7