March 21, 2012 - Connecticut Voters Back Med Marijuana, Sunday Liquor, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Malloy's Approval Rating Improves, Almost Even

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Connecticut voters support 68 - 27 percent a proposal to allow adults to use marijuana for medical purposes, with a physician's prescription, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. There is no gender, partisan, income, age or education group opposed.

By a smaller 54 - 42 percent margin, voters want liquor stores to sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. There are gender and partisan differences: Men support Sunday sales 60 - 37 percent while women are divided 48 - 48 percent. Support is 56 - 41 percent among Democrats and 57 - 40 percent among independent voters, while Republicans split 47 - 48 percent.

Connecticut voters oppose 63 - 35 percent allowing convenience stores at gas stations to sell beer. There is no group in favor of this idea.

Voters, however, would like more choice in alcoholic beverages at the supermarket:
  • 32 percent say supermarkets should sell only beer, as they do now;
  • 43 percent say supermarkets should be allowed to sell beer and wine;
  • 20 percent say supermarkets should be allowed to sell beer, wine and liquor.
"Connecticut may be the land of steady habits but no Sunday liquor sales is one habit voters are ready to kick," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

"Voters would like supermarkets to be allowed to sell wine, but don't want to see convenience stores at gas stations sell beer. Perhaps this is out of concern for making it too easy to drink and drive.

"Medical marijuana is supported by Connecticut voters across the board."

Connecticut voters give Gov. Dannel Malloy an almost-even 44 - 45 percent approval rating, his best score ever. Disapproval is 66 - 24 percent among Republicans and 48 - 40 percent among independent voters while Democrats approve 64 - 27 percent. Men are divided 46 - 46 percent while women disapprove 45 - 41 percent.

Voters support Gov. Malloy's proposal to limit teacher tenure 54 - 35 percent. Support is 51 - 38 percent among Democrats and 47 - 41 percent among voters in union households.

Voters have an overwhelming 66 - 12 percent favorable opinion of public school teachers, but have a 32 - 27 percent unfavorable opinion of the teachers' unions.

Teachers who do an outstanding job should get merit pay, voters say 67 - 28 percent, and it should be easier to fire bad teachers, voters say 62 - 31 percent. Voters in union households support both measures.

"Gov. Dannel Malloy's overall approval rating is up slightly because he is doing better with Democrats. This lukewarm 44 - 45 percent score is not bad for a governor who raised the income tax across the board his first year to deal with an inherited deficit," Dr. Schwartz said.

A legislative proposal to abolish the death penalty is a "bad idea," Connecticut voters say 62 - 31 percent. Women say keep the death penalty 58 - 33 percent, while men support the death penalty 66 - 29 percent. Democrats back repeal of the death penalty 48 - 44 percent, as do self-described liberals 48 - 45 percent. No other group is against the death penalty.

And if the death penalty is abolished, those already sentenced to death should still be executed, voters say 58 - 35 percent.

"As we've seen in past Quinnipiac University polls, Connecticut voters still think abolishing the death penalty is a bad idea," Schwartz said. "No doubt the gruesome Cheshire murders still affect public opinion regarding convicts on death row."

From March 14 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,622 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, 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.

20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              44%    24%    64%    40%    46%    41%    65%    46%    24%
Disapprove           45     66     27     48     46     45     23     45     66
DK/NA                11      9     10     12      8     14     12     10     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                     Mar 21  Sep 15  Jun 15  Mar 09
                     2012    2011    2011    2011
                             
Approve              44      41      38      35
Disapprove           45      48      44      40
DK/NA                11      11      18      25
                             
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              35%    19%    50%    33%    34%    36%    53%    38%    15%
Disapprove           50     69     30     56     57     45     30     48     72
DK/NA                15     12     20     12     10     20     17     14     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 21  Sep 15  Jun 15  Jul 16  Jun 10  Jun 3   Sep 15
                     2012    2011    2011    2010    2010    2004    2011
                             
Approve              35      27      33      28      29      48      27
Disapprove           50      57      50      58      57      33      57
DK/NA                15      16      17      14      14      19      16
                             
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling education?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              36%    30%    45%    33%    41%    32%    44%    39%    27%
Disapprove           41     53     30     42     41     41     32     40     51
DK/NA                23     18     25     24     18     27     24     21     22
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS     AREA...............
                     HsHlds <18  PubSch   City   Suburb Rural
 
Approve              36%    37%    40%    40%    34%    37%
Disapprove           47     48     46     35     44     42
DK/NA                17     15     13     25     22     21
 
 
26. How would you rate the quality of Connecticut's public schools; very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very good            17%    14%    19%    16%    17%    16%    19%    15%    18%
Fairly good          60     60     60     60     62     57     61     63     54
Fairly bad           12     15     10     13     12     13     10     11     17
Very bad              4      4      3      4      3      4      3      4      4
DK/NA                 7      8      8      7      5      9      7      7      8
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS     AREA...............
                     HsHlds <18  PubSch   City   Suburb Rural
 
Very good            21%    21%    22%    12%    18%    18%
Fairly good          59     61     62     60     60     62
Fairly bad           12     12     12     16     12     10
Very bad              2      3      1      5      4      2
DK/NA                 6      3      2      7      7      8
 
TREND: How would you rate the quality of Connecticut's public schools? Very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                     Mar 21  May 9   Nov 19
                     2012    2007    1997  
 
Very good            17      16      11    
Fairly good          60      58      58    
Fairly bad           12      11      18    
Very bad              4       5       6    
DK/NA                 7       9       7    
 
 
27. How would you rate the quality of the public schools in your community; very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very good            41%    45%    39%    40%    41%    40%    39%    42%    39%
Fairly good          44     42     43     46     46     43     46     43     45
Fairly bad            8      7      9      9      8      8      7      9      9
Very bad              4      4      4      3      2      5      4      3      4
DK/NA                 3      3      4      3      2      4      3      3      3
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS     AREA...............
                     HsHlds <18  PubSch   City   Suburb Rural
 
Very good            43%    45%    49%    21%    45%    52%
Fairly good          42     41     42     55     41     39
Fairly bad            9      7      5     11      8      6
Very bad              4      5      2      9      3      1
DK/NA                 2      1      1      4      3      3
 
TREND: How would you rate the quality of the public schools in your community? Very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                     Mar 21  May 9
                     2012    2007 
 
Very good            41      40   
Fairly good          44      43   
Fairly bad            8       9   
Very bad              4       4   
DK/NA                 3       4   
 
 
28. Is your opinion of Connecticut's public school teachers favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about them?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            66%    63%    69%    66%    66%    67%    77%    67%    56%
Unfavorable          12     17      8     11     14      9      8      9     20
Hvn't hrd enough     20     19     21     20     19     22     14     22     24
REFUSED               2      1      1      3      1      3      1      2      1
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS     AREA...............
                     HsHlds <18  PubSch   City   Suburb Rural
 
Favorable            72%    76%    81%    62%    68%    71%
Unfavorable          11     12     11     12     11     12
Hvn't hrd enough     16     11      7     25     19     16
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      2      1
 
 
29. Is your opinion of the state's teachers' unions favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about them?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            27%    18%    36%    25%    30%    24%    40%    27%    16%
Unfavorable          32     50     18     34     37     28     17     31     49
Hvn't hrd enough     39     31     44     41     32     47     41     41     33
REFUSED               1      1      2      1      1      1      2      1      1
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS     AREA...............
                     HsHlds <18  PubSch   City   Suburb Rural
 
Favorable            43%    30%    30%    36%    24%    26%
Unfavorable          28     33     31     28     34     35
Hvn't hrd enough     28     35     38     35     41     38
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1
 
 
30. Some people say that public school teachers who do an outstanding job should be rewarded with additional pay, so-called merit pay. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Good idea            67%    68%    69%    64%    70%    64%    67%    71%    61%
Bad idea             28     28     26     31     25     31     27     25     33
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      5      5      6      4      6
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS     AREA...............
                     HsHlds <18  PubSch   City   Suburb Rural
 
Good idea            61%    69%    68%    72%    66%    64%
Bad idea             34     26     28     25     29     29
DK/NA                 5      5      4      3      5      7
 
 
31. Some people have suggested that firing public school teachers should be made easier. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Good idea            62%    71%    52%    66%    65%    59%    55%    67%    64%
Bad idea             31     25     39     27     30     33     36     27     31
DK/NA                 7      4      9      7      5      8      9      7      5
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS     AREA...............
                     HsHlds <18  PubSch   City   Suburb Rural
 
Good idea            55%    66%    68%    55%    63%    68%
Bad idea             39     30     27     39     30     27
DK/NA                 7      4      5      6      7      5
 
 
32. Governor Malloy wants to limit teacher tenure. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Good idea            54%    56%    51%    56%    56%    51%    54%    55%    54%
Bad idea             35     34     38     33     36     34     38     35     33
DK/NA                11     10     11     11      8     15      8     10     13
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS     AREA...............
                     HsHlds <18  PubSch   City   Suburb Rural
 
Good idea            47%    54%    54%    44%    57%    57%
Bad idea             41     36     35     40     33     35
DK/NA                11     10     11     17     10      8
 
 
33. 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    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  54%    47%    56%    57%    60%    48%    64%    56%    45%
No                   42     48     41     40     37     48     32     40     51
DK/NA                 4      5      4      3      3      4      4      3      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YRS.......    ANNUAL HsHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-44  45-64  65+    <50K   50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  64%    47%    70%    54%    36%    47%    56%    65%
No                   33     49     28     42     59     51     40     32
DK/NA                 3      4      2      4      5      3      4      3
 
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 21  Mar 10  Mar 18  Mar 10
                     2012    2011    2010    2009
 
Yes                  54      66      56      54
No                   42      31      39      44
DK/NA                 4       3       5       2
 
 
34. Currently, convenience stores at gas stations in Connecticut are not allowed to sell beer. Do you think convenience stores at gas stations in Connecticut should be allowed to sell beer or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  35%    27%    38%    37%    43%    28%    47%    36%    27%
No                   63     72     60     60     56     69     51     62     71
DK/NA                 2      1      2      3      2      3      2      2      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YRS.......    ANNUAL HsHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-44  45-64  65+    <50K   50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  40%    32%    49%    35%    21%    30%    36%    43%
No                   57     66     48     64     77     68     62     54
DK/NA                 3      2      3      2      2      2      2      2
 
 
35. Connecticut supermarkets are currently allowed to sell beer. Do you think that supermarkets in Connecticut should be allowed to sell only beer, to sell beer and wine, or to sell beer, wine, and liquor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Only beer            32%    36%    31%    32%    32%    32%    27%    31%    38%
Beer and wine        43     44     46     41     41     45     45     47     37
Beer/wine/liquor     20     16     18     22     23     17     24     17     19
DK/NA                 5      4      4      6      4      6      5      4      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YRS.......    ANNUAL HsHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-44  45-64  65+    <50K   50-100 >100K
 
Only beer            24%    38%    22%    33%    43%    38%    34%    24%
Beer and wine        47     40     43     46     38     38     46     48
Beer/wine/liquor     24     16     32     16     12     17     18     25
DK/NA                 4      6      3      5      8      8      2      3
 
 
36. There is a proposal in the state legislature that would allow adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Good idea            68%    51%    75%    71%    69%    67%    82%    72%    51%
Bad idea             27     46     21     23     28     27     14     23     46
DK/NA                 4      2      5      5      3      6      3      5      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YRS.......    ANNUAL HsHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-44  45-64  65+    <50K   50-100 >100K
 
Good idea            68%    68%    75%    71%    59%    69%    73%    68%
Bad idea             27     28     22     26     35     26     22     30
DK/NA                 5      4      4      3      6      5      5      2
 
TREND: There is a proposal in the state legislature that would allow adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Mar 21  Mar 10
                     2012    2011
 
Good idea            68      79
Bad idea             27      17
DK/NA                 4       3	
 
 
37. There is a proposal in the state legislature to abolish the death penalty. Do you think abolishing the death penalty in Connecticut is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Good idea            31%    15%    48%    29%    29%    33%    48%    31%    18%
Bad idea             62     82     44     63     66     58     45     61     80
DK/NA                 7      3      8      8      5      9      7      8      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YRS.......    ANNUAL HsHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-44  45-64  65+    <50K   50-100 >100K
 
Good idea            38%    27%    28%    32%    36%    32%    34%    31%
Bad idea             55     66     66     60     58     62     59     64
DK/NA                 7      7      7      7      5      7      7      4
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS     AREA...............
                     HsHlds <18  PubSch   City   Suburb Rural
 
Good idea            34%    29%    29%    38%    29%    28%
Bad idea             59     65     63     54     64     66
DK/NA                 6      6      7      8      7      6
 
 
38. If Connecticut abolishes the death penalty, do you think those who have already been sentenced to the death penalty should still be executed or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  58%    72%    45%    61%    61%    56%    44%    58%    73%
No                   35     22     44     34     35     35     50     35     21
DK/NA                 7      6     10      5      4      9      6      7      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YRS.......    ANNUAL HsHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-44  45-64  65+    <50K   50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  54%    61%    54%    62%    58%    57%    57%    62%
No                   39     32     40     32     34     36     39     33
DK/NA                 6      7      6      6      8      6      4      5
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS     AREA...............
                     HsHlds <18  PubSch   City   Suburb Rural
 
Yes                  62%    63%    62%    52%    59%    64%
No                   34     32     33     40     34     31
DK/NA                 4      5      6      8      7      5
 

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