March 18, 2010 - Connecticut Voters Say No To Keno, Highway Tolls, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Bysiewicz Only Clear Leader In Gov, A.G. Primaries

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By a 70 - 27 percent margin, Connecticut voters oppose allowing keno gambling in restaurants, bars and convenience stores, with strong opposition among all political and regional groups, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

By a smaller 56 - 40 percent margin, voters also oppose putting tolls on state highways in Connecticut, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. There is consistent opposition among Democrats, Republicans and independent voters, but a slight gender gap as men oppose tolls 61 - 37 percent while women oppose them 52 - 44 percent.

Connecticut voters support 56 - 39 percent allowing Sunday alcohol sales in liquor stores. Again, men support Sunday sales 62 - 33 percent while women support these sales by a narrower 50 - 46 percent.

But voters oppose 52 - 45 percent allowing grocery stores to sell wine and liquor. Here, men and women are almost identical in their opposition. Democrats split 47 - 49 percent on the measure, while opposition is 55 - 43 percent among Republicans and 53 - 44 percent among independent voters.

"Of three proposals to raise revenue for the Connecticut state budget, only Sunday liquor sales wins popular support, although the bill recently died in a legislative committee," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

"Conversely, a legislative committee just passed a bill for tolls, even though the public is against it. Voters disagree with Gov. Jodi Rell on Keno. They don't want to see an expansion of gambling."

"Undecided" is the big leader in the Democratic and Republican primary race for Governor, but former ambassador Tom Foley has gained some ground in the Republican race.

Among Democrats, 44 percent of voters are undecided, while businessman Ned Lamont gets 28 percent to Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy's 18 percent. No other candidate tops 4 percent.

On the Republican side, Foley has emerged as a leader in the primary campaign with 30 percent, but 50 percent are undecided. No other candidate tops 4 percent.

"Like Linda McMahon, Tom Foley is the only candidate for governor who is on TV, which helps him break away from the Republican pack. Even Foley, however, is largely unknown to Republicans and the big winner is still undecided," Dr. Schwartz said.

Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz leads the Democratic primary for Attorney General with 54 percent, followed by former State Sen. George Jepsen at 10 percent, with no other candidate topping 2 percent and 31 percent undecided.

Undecided gets 66 percent of the Republican vote, with 13 percent for State Sen. Andrew Roraback and no other candidate above 9 percent.

Lamont gets a 43 - 13 percent favorability among Democrats, with 42 percent who don't know enough about him to form an opinion.

Bysiewicz gets a 59 - 10 percent favorability among Democrats, with 29 percent who don't know enough.

For all other candidates for Governor or Attorney General, the "don't know enough about them" number among voters in their own party is 55 percent or higher.

Connecticut voters approve 59 - 34 percent of the job Gov. Jodi Rell is doing and disapprove 59 - 28 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing.

"Despite negative headlines, Susan Bysiewicz is still way ahead in the Democratic primary for Attorney General. One has to wonder how long she can maintain her big lead if the various controversies surrounding her campaign continue."

From March 9 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,451 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. The survey includes 549 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percentage points and 387 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 Democratic primary for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Ned Lamont, Dan Malloy, Mary Glassman, Juan Figueroa and Rudy Marconi, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Lamont               28%    33%    24%
Malloy               18     15     20
Glassman              4      3      5
Figueroa              1      -      2
Marconi               2      3      2
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      4      1
DK/NA                44     41     46
 
TREND: (If registered Democrat) If the Democratic primary for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Ned Lamont, Dan Malloy, Mary Glassman, Juan Figueroa and Rudy Marconi, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMOCRATS..........
                     Mar 18  Jan 21  Nov 10  Feb 10
                     2010    2010    2009    2009
Lamont               28      27      23      na
Malloy               18      11       9      12
Glassman              4       4      na      na
Figueroa              1       1      na      na
Marconi               2       1       1      na
Amann                na       5       3       4
LeBeau               na       2       2      na
Bysiewicz            na      na      26      44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       4       1       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       2       2
DK/NA                44      44      33      36
 
 
2. (If registered Democrat) Is your opinion of - Dan Malloy favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable            35%    33%    36%
Unfavorable           9     14      6
Hvn't hrd enough     55     52     57
REFUSED               1      -      2
 
 
3. (If registered Democrat) Is your opinion of - Ned Lamont favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable            43%    47%    41%
Unfavorable          13     17     10
Hvn't hrd enough     42     35     48
REFUSED               2      2      2
 
 
4. (If registered Democrat) Is your opinion of - Rudy Marconi favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable             6%     7%     6%
Unfavorable           3      5      1
Hvn't hrd enough     91     87     93
REFUSED               -      -      -
 
 
5. (If registered Democrat) Is your opinion of - Mary Glassman favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable            12%    11%    12%
Unfavorable           5      3      6
Hvn't hrd enough     83     85     82
REFUSED               -      -      -
 
 
6. (If registered Democrat) Is your opinion of - Juan Figueroa favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable             5%     4%     6%
Unfavorable           1      2      -
Hvn't hrd enough     93     93     94
REFUSED               -      -      -
 
 
8. (If registered Democrat) If the Democratic primary for State Attorney General were being held today and the candidates were Susan Bysiewicz, George Jepsen, Cameron Staples and Sydney Schulman, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Bysiewicz            54%    52%    55%
Jepsen               10     13      8
Staples               2      1      2
Schulman              2      1      3
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1
DK/NA                31     31     31
 
TREND: (If registered Democrat) If the Democratic primary for State Attorney General were being held today and the candidates were Susan Bysiewicz, George Jepsen, Cameron Staples, and Sydney Schulman, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMS
                     Mar 18  Jan 21
                     2010    2010
Bysiewicz            54      62
Jepsen               10      10
Staples               2      na
Schulman              2      na
Jarjura              na       3
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       -
DK/NA                31      24
 
 
9. (If registered Democrat) Is your opinion of - Susan Bysiewicz favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable            59%    58%    60%
Unfavorable          10     13      9
Hvn't hrd enough     29     28     30
REFUSED               1      1      1
 
 
10. (If registered Democrat) Is your opinion of - George Jepsen favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable            20%    26%    15%
Unfavorable           5      6      4
Hvn't hrd enough     75     67     81
REFUSED               -      1      -
 
 
11. (If registered Democrat) Is your opinion of - Cameron Staples favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable             4%     5%     3%
Unfavorable           3      5      2
Hvn't hrd enough     93     90     95
REFUSED               -      -      -
 
 
12. (If registered Democrat) Is your opinion of - Sydney Schulman favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED DEMS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable             5%     6%     4%
Unfavorable           2      5      -
Hvn't hrd enough     92     88     95
REFUSED               -      1      -
 
 
13. (If registered Republican) If the Republican primary for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Tom Foley, Mike Fedele, Oz Griebel, Mark Boughton, Jeff Wright, Tom Marsh and Larry DeNardis, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Foley                30%    33%    27%
Fedele                4      4      3
Griebel               2      2      1
Boughton              4      4      4
Wright                2      3      -
Marsh                 -      -      1
DeNardis              2      3      2
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      5
DK/NA                50     47     54
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) If the Republican primary for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Tom Foley, Mike Fedele, Oz Griebel, Mark Boughton and Larry DeNardis, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS
                     Mar 18  Jan 21
                     2010    2010
Foley                30      17
Fedele                4       8
Griebel               2       2
Boughton              4       6
Wright                2      na
Marsh                 -      na
DeNardis              2       4
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       2
DK/NA                50      59
 
 
14. (If registered Republican) Is your opinion of - Tom Foley favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable            37%    42%    31%
Unfavorable           6      7      3
Hvn't hrd enough     57     50     66
REFUSED               1      1      -
 
 
15. (If registered Republican) Is your opinion of - Mike Fedele favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable            11%    11%    12%
Unfavorable           8      9      6
Hvn't hrd enough     80     80     80
REFUSED               1      1      2
 
 
16. (If registered Republican) Is your opinion of - Larry DeNardis favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable             6%     6%     6%
Unfavorable           9      9      9
Hvn't hrd enough     85     85     85
REFUSED               -      -      -
 
 
17. (If registered Republican) Is your opinion of - Oz Griebel favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable             5%     5%     4%
Unfavorable           3      3      4
Hvn't hrd enough     92     92     93
REFUSED               -      -      -
 
 
18. (If registered Republican) Is your opinion of - Mark Boughton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable             9%    13%     4%
Unfavorable           5      7      4
Hvn't hrd enough     85     80     92
REFUSED               -      -      -
 
 
19. (If registered Republican) Is your opinion of - Jeff Wright favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable             5%     8%     2%
Unfavorable           2      2      1
Hvn't hrd enough     92     90     96
REFUSED               -      -      -
 
 
20. (If registered Republican) Is your opinion of - Tom Marsh favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable             5%     5%     5%
Unfavorable           4      3      6
Hvn't hrd enough     90     91     87
REFUSED               1      1      2
 
 
21b. (If registered Republican) If the Republican primary for State Attorney General were being held today and the candidates were Martha Deane, Andrew Roraback and John Pavia, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Deane                 9%     6%    11%
Roraback             13     17      8
Pavia                 8      7     10
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      2
DK/NA                66     64     69
 
 
22. (If registered Republican) Is your opinion of - Andrew Roraback favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable            15%    20%     8%
Unfavorable           7      6      9
Hvn't hrd enough     78     74     83
REFUSED               -      -      -
 
 
23. (If registered Republican) Is your opinion of - John Pavia favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable             8%     8%     8%
Unfavorable           6      6      5
Hvn't hrd enough     87     86     87
REFUSED               -      -      -
 
 
24. (If registered Republican) Is your opinion of - Martha Deane favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     REGISTERED REPS..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
Favorable            11%     9%    13%
Unfavorable           4      7      -
Hvn't hrd enough     85     84     85
REFUSED               1      -      2
 
 
33. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling her job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve              59%    72%    54%    58%    58%    59%
Disapprove           34     23     38     35     36     32
DK/NA                 8      5      8      6      6      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling her job as Governor? (*Low also 59% Sep 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 18  Jan 14  Nov 10  Sep 16  Jul 22  Jan 13  Mar 18
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2005    2010
Approve              59      64      64      59      65      83      59
Disapprove           34      28      30      34      30       3      34
DK/NA                 8       7       6       7       5      14       8
 
 
34. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Approve              28%    23%    36%    24%    21%    34%
Disapprove           59     71     50     62     71     49
DK/NA                13      6     14     14      8     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 18  Jan 14  Nov 10  Sep 16  Jul 22  Jun 3   Mar 18
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2004    2010
Approve              28      30      33      35      39      48      28
Disapprove           59      58      54      55      45      33      59
DK/NA                13      13      13      11      16      19      14
 
 
42. 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        1%     3%     1%     2%     1%     2%
Smwht satisfied      39     35     48     36     32     46
Smwht dissatisfied   38     35     38     38     40     36
Very dissatisfied    20     26     12     23     26     15
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1
 
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?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 18  Nov 10  Sep 16  Jul 22  May 27  Oct 21  Mar 13
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    1998    2003
Very Satisfied        1       2       3       3       3      21       4
Smwht Satisfied      39      41      38      45      53      62      32
Smwht Dissatisfied   38      39      35      35      29      14      34
Very Dissatisfied    20      17      23      17      13       3      29
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       2       -       1
 
 
46. How much of the time do you think you can trust the state government in Hartford to do what is right - almost all of the time, most of the time, only some of the time, or hardly ever?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Almost all the time   1%     2%     1%     2%     1%     2%
Most of the time     22     22     25     19     17     26
Some of the time     60     56     64     59     62     58
Hardly ever          16     20      9     19     20     13
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      2
 
 
66. Do you support or oppose putting tolls on state highways in Connecticut?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Support              40%    39%    42%    41%    37%    44%
Oppose               56     58     55     56     61     52
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      2      4
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose putting tolls on state highways in Connecticut?
                     Mar 18  Mar 10
                     2010    2009
Support              40      35
Oppose               56      61
DK/NA                 3       3
 
 
67. Currently, Connecticut liquor stores are not allowed to sell alcohol on Sunday. Do you think Connecticut liquor stores should be allowed to sell alcohol on Sunday or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Yes                  56%    50%    58%    56%    62%    50%
No                   39     45     36     41     33     46
DK/NA                 5      5      6      3      5      4
 
TREND: Currently, Connecticut liquor stores are not allowed to sell alcohol on Sunday. Do you think Connecticut liquor stores should be allowed to sell alcohol on Sunday or not?
                     Mar 18  Mar 10
                     2010    2009
Yes                  56      54
No                   39      44
DK/NA                 5       2
 
 
68. As you may know Connecticut grocery stores are not allowed to sell wine or hard liquor. Do you think Connecticut grocery stores should be allowed to sell wine and hard liquor or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Yes                  45%    43%    47%    44%    46%    44%
No                   52     55     49     53     52     53
DK/NA                 3      2      4      2      3      3
 
TREND: As you may know Connecticut grocery stores, are not allowed to sell wine or hard liquor. Do you think Connecticut grocery stores should be allowed to sell wine and hard liquor or not?
                     Mar 18  Mar 10
                     2010    2009
Yes                  45      39
No                   52      58
DK/NA                 3       3
 
 
69. Do you think keno, an electronic bingo-like gambling game, should be allowed in Connecticut restaurants, bars and convenience stores or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
Yes                  27%    23%    30%    26%    30%    25%
No                   70     74     67     72     67     73
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      2      3