March 12, 2013 - Connecticut Gov Hits New High In Midst Of Gun Debate, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Tolls To Repair Roads, Reduce Gas Tax

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As the gun-control debate flashes in the State Legislature, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy wins an overall 48 - 39 percent job approval rating from voters, his highest ever, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to Gov. Malloy's split 43 - 43 percent approval in a March 6 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

In today's results, Democrats approve 72 - 15 percent, while disapproval is 69 - 21 percent among Republicans and 45 - 41 percent among independent voters. Women approve 51 - 33 percent while men are divided 45 - 46 percent.

Connecticut voters approve 48 - 39 percent approve of the governor's handling of gun policy. They also approve 76 - 17 percent of Malloy's response to the Newtown shootings and 80 - 14 percent of his response to the February blizzard. This comes on top of a 78 - 16 percent approval for his response to Hurricane Sandy.

Malloy is a strong leader in a crisis, voters say 67 - 27 percent. Voter approval on his handling of other issues is mixed:
  • 57 - 33 percent disapprove of his handling of the state budget;
  • 45 - 39 percent approve of his handling of education;
  • 61 - 29 percent disapprove of his handling of taxes;
  • 56 - 35 percent disapprove of his handling of the economy.
"Connecticut voters say Gov. Dannel Malloy is a good man to have in a crisis and give him very high grades for his response to recent crises in the state," said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll. "On the day-to-day issues of governing, such as budget, taxes and the economy, he gets failing grades."

Only 42 percent of Connecticut voters say Gov. Malloy deserves to be reelected, while 45 percent say he does not deserve four more years.

Democrats in the State Legislature get mixed grades, with 44 percent of voters approving and 46 percent disapproving. Republicans get a negative 32 - 55 percent grade from voters.

Highway Tolls

Connecticut voters oppose 58 - 39 percent putting tolls on highways in the state. But voters support tolls 57 - 40 percent if toll proceeds are used to repair the state's roads and bridges. Additionally, voters support tolls 53 - 44 percent if proceeds are used to reduce the state gas tax.

Voters are divided 44 - 45 percent in whether they support or oppose eliminating the local car tax. They oppose eliminating the tax 77 - 18 percent if that leads to higher property taxes.

Voters oppose 65 - 31 percent allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers' licenses.

Gun-Control

Voters support 66 - 29 percent stricter gun-control laws in Connecticut, with 70 - 27 percent support for a statewide ban on ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds and 71 - 26 percent support for expanding the statewide ban on the sale of assault weapons.

Republicans and Democrats in the State Legislature will not be able to work together to reduce gun violence in the state, voters say 53 - 41 percent.

By a 49 - 27 percent margin, voters trust Democrats more than Republicans on gun policy, but they still are divided 48 - 47 percent on whether the governor and the State Legislature will be able to get something done to reduce gun violence this year.

"Connecticut voters by wide margins want action on gun-control, but they have less confidence that the State Legislature will deliver on this issue," Dr. Schwartz said. "Voters trust Democrats more than Republicans on gun-control and overall they dislike Democrats less than they dislike Republicans."

From March 7 - 10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,144 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 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 information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              48%    21%    72%    41%    45%    51%
Disapprove           39     69     15     45     46     33
DK/NA                13     10     13     13      9     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                                                     APPROVE.......
                                                     High    Low
                     Mar 12  Mar 06  Aug 28  Jun 06  Mar 12  Mar 09
                     2013    2013    2012    2012    2013    2011
                                                             
Approve              48      43      43      44      48      35
Disapprove           39      43      43      47      39      40
DK/NA                13      15      14       9      13      25
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              38%    21%    57%    32%    33%    42%
Disapprove           47     67     26     56     56     40
DK/NA                15     12     17     12     11     18
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 12  Jun 06  Apr 25  Mar 21  Sep 15  Jun 03  Sep 15
                     2013    2012    2012    2012    2011    2004    2011
 
Approve              38      35      32      35      27      48      27
Disapprove           47      51      49      50      57      33      57
DK/NA                15      14      20      15      16      19      16
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in the state legislature are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              44%     7%    77%    35%    40%    48%
Disapprove           46     87     11     56     54     39
DK/NA                10      6     11      9      6     13
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in the state legislature are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              32%    56%    19%    34%    35%    29%
Disapprove           55     36     66     54     55     55
DK/NA                13      9     15     12     10     16
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Murphy is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              50%    24%    78%    40%    46%    54%
Disapprove           34     58     13     40     40     29
DK/NA                16     18      8     20     14     18
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              63%    40%    81%    60%    56%    69%
Disapprove           27     48     12     31     37     19
DK/NA                10     12      8     10      8     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Mar 12  Jun 06  Apr 25  Mar 22  Sep 16  Jun 15  Mar 09
                     2013    2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              63      61      58      64      60      54      49
Disapprove           27      25      27      23      23      25      25
DK/NA                10      14      15      14      17      21      26
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              53%     9%    88%    43%    45%    60%
Disapprove           44     90      9     53     53     36
DK/NA                 3      1      4      3      2      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
                     Mar 12  Jun 06  Apr 25  Mar 22  Sep 16  May 27  Sep 16
                     2013    2012    2012    2012    2011    2009*   2011
 
Approve              53      53      49      53      48      71      48
Disapprove           44      43      47      43      48      22      48
DK/NA                 3       4       4       4       4       7       4
 
 
8. Do you feel that Dannel Malloy deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes/Deserves         42%    17%    65%    35%    39%    44%
No/Does not          45     73     21     53     50     41
DK/NA                13     10     14     12     10     15
 
 
9. 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        4%     1%     9%     3%     4%     5%
Smwht satisfied      36     16     56     30     34     39
Smwht dissatisfied   31     37     24     35     29     33
Very dissatisfied    28     47     11     32     33     23
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: 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?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 12  Jun 06  Apr 25  Sep 15  Jun 15  Oct 21  Sep 15
                     2013    2012    2012    2011    2011    1998    2011
 
Very satisfied        4       4       2       2       4      21       2
Smwht satisfied      36      37      37      27      30      62      27
Smwht dissatisfied   31      33      33      39      32      14      39
Very dissatisfied    28      26      27      32      35       3      32
DK/NA                 -       -       1       1       -       -       1
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling - the budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              33%    13%    51%    28%    35%    32%
Disapprove           57     78     38     64     59     55
DK/NA                10      9     11      8      6     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling the budget?
                     Mar 12  Apr 25  Sep 15  Jun 15  Mar 09
                     2013    2012    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              33      31      36      36      32
Disapprove           57      54      55      52      51
DK/NA                10      15       9      13      16
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling - education?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              45%    34%    59%    40%    45%    45%
Disapprove           39     48     26     45     38     40
DK/NA                16     18     16     15     17     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling education?
                     Mar 12  Apr 25  Mar 21
                     2013    2012    2012
 
Approve              45      38      36
Disapprove           39      43      41
DK/NA                16      20      23
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling - taxes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              29%    13%    46%    23%    28%    30%
Disapprove           61     78     42     69     65     58
DK/NA                10      9     12      8      7     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling taxes?
                     Mar 12  Apr 25
                     2013    2012
 
Approve              29      25%
Disapprove           61      64
DK/NA                10      11
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              35%    15%    56%    28%    34%    36%
Disapprove           56     76     34     65     59     53
DK/NA                 9      9     10      7      6     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling the economy?
                     Mar 12  Apr 25
                     2013    2012
 
Approve              35      31
Disapprove           56      56
DK/NA                 9      13
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling - gun policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              48%    21%    73%    40%    43%    51%
Disapprove           39     65     17     46     46     33
DK/NA                13     15     10     14     10     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling gun policy?
                     Mar 12  Mar 06
                     2013    2013
 
Approve              48      41
Disapprove           39      38
DK/NA                13      21
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of Dannel Malloy's overall response to - Hurricane Sandy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              78%    74%    85%    75%    80%    77%
Disapprove           16     18     11     20     16     16
DK/NA                 6      8      4      6      4      7
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of Dannel Malloy's overall response to - the Newtown school shootings?
                    Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              76%    59%    88%    73%    69%    81%
Disapprove           17     33      4     21     23     12
DK/NA                 7      8      8      6      7      7
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of Dannel Malloy's overall response to - the February blizzard?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              80%    73%    85%    80%    80%    80%
Disapprove           14     16     11     15     14     14
DK/NA                 6     11      3      5      6      6
 
 
18. Do you think Dannel Malloy is a strong leader in a crisis or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Strong leader        67%    52%    81%    62%    62%    70%
Not strong leader    27     44     13     32     32     23
DK/NA                 6      4      6      5      5      6
 
 
19. Do you think Dannel Malloy has a likable personality or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  53%    35%    69%    49%    51%    56%
No                   36     53     23     41     38     34
DK/NA                10     12      8     10     11     10
 
 
20. Do you support or oppose - stricter gun control laws in Connecticut?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              66%    43%    86%    61%    55%    76%
Oppose               29     55     12     32     41     19
DK/NA                 4      3      2      6      4      5
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose stricter gun control laws in Connecticut?
                     Mar 12  Mar 06
                     2013    2013
 
Support              66      66
Oppose               29      30
DK/NA                 4       5
 
 
21. Do you support or oppose - expanding the statewide ban on the sale of assault weapons?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              71%    52%    89%    66%    57%    83%
Oppose               26     44      9     31     40     14
DK/NA                 3      4      2      3      3      3
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose expanding the statewide ban on the sale of assault weapons?
                     Mar 12  Mar 06
                     2013    2013
 
Support              71      68
Oppose               26      28
DK/NA                 3       5
 
 
22. Do you support or oppose - a statewide ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              70%    51%    84%    67%    60%    79%
Oppose               27     45     14     29     38     18
DK/NA                 3      3      2      3      2      3
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose a statewide ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets?
                     Mar 12  Mar 06
                     2013    2013
 
Support              70      68
Oppose               27      28
DK/NA                 3       3
 
 
23. Do you think Governor Malloy is trying to change the state's gun laws too quickly, not quickly enough, or at about the right pace?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Too quickly          29%    58%     8%    34%    39%    21%
Not quickly enough   18     10     26     15     15     21
About right          47     28     62     45     41     53
DK/NA                 6      5      4      7      5      6
 
TREND: Do you think Governor Malloy is trying to change the state's gun laws too quickly, not quickly enough, or at about the right pace?
                     Mar 12  Mar 06
                     2013    2013
 
Too quickly          29      33
Not quickly enough   18      17
About right          47      42
DK/NA                 6       9
 
 
24. Do you think Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature will be able to work together to reduce gun violence in Connecticut or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes/Work together    41%    30%    54%    35%    35%    46%
No/Don't think so    53     60     40     61     62     46
DK/NA                 6     11      6      4      4      8
 
TREND: Do you think Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature will be able to work together to reduce gun violence in Connecticut or don't you think so?
                     Mar 12  Mar 06
                     2013    2013
 
Yes/Work together    41      39
No/Don't think so    53      54
DK/NA                 6       7
 
 
25. Who do you trust to do a better job handling gun policy, the Democrats or the Republicans in the state legislature?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Democrats            49%    12%    84%    37%    43%    54%
Republicans          27     67      3     31     36     20
DK/NA                24     21     13     32     21     27
 
 
26. Do you think the governor and state legislature will be able to get something done this year to reduce gun violence in Connecticut or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Get something done   48%    27%    64%    45%    42%    54%
Don't think so       47     65     33     52     55     41
DK/NA                 4      8      2      4      3      5
 
 
27. Do you support or oppose eliminating the local car tax?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              44%    45%    42%    46%    42%    47%
Oppose               45     46     46     45     50     41
DK/NA                11      9     12      9      8     13
 
 
28. Would you support or oppose eliminating the local car tax if it led to higher property taxes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              18%    14%    17%    20%    19%    17%
Oppose               77     84     76     75     77     77
DK/NA                 5      2      7      5      5      6
 
 
29. Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favor                59%    73%    42%    68%    65%    54%
Oppose               35     21     51     28     33     37
DK/NA                 6      6      6      4      2      9
 
TREND: Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder? (*Low also 59% Jan 2005)
                                                             FAVOR........
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 12  Apr 25  Mar 10  Oct 13  Nov 07  Mar 10  Mar 12
                     2013    2012    2011    2010    2007    2011    2013*
 
Favor                59      62      67      65      63      67      59
Oppose               35      30      28      23      27      28      35
DK/NA                 6       8       5      12      10       5       6
 
 
30. As you may know, last year Governor Malloy signed into law a bill that replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Do you approve or disapprove of this law that replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              45%    26%    66%    37%    41%    50%
Disapprove           51     71     31     59     58     44
DK/NA                 4      3      3      4      1      6
 
 
31. Would you support or oppose raising the minimum wage in Connecticut, which is now $8.25 an hour?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              75%    58%    91%    72%    66%    83%
Oppose               22     40      7     26     32     15
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      2
 
TREND: Would you support or oppose raising the minimum wage in Connecticut, which is now $8.25 an hour?
                     Mar 12  Apr 25
                     2013    2012
 
Support              75      70
Oppose               22      28
DK/NA                 2       2
 
 
32. Do you support or oppose putting tolls on state highways in Connecticut?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              39%    30%    39%    44%    39%    40%
Oppose               58     68     58     55     59     57
DK/NA                 3      2      3      1      2      3
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose putting tolls on state highways in Connecticut?
                     Mar 12  Mar 18  Mar 10
                     2013    2010    2009
 
Support              39      40      35
Oppose               58      56      61
DK/NA                 3       3       3
 
 
33. Would you support or oppose putting tolls on state highways in Connecticut if the money were used for repairs to the state's roads and bridges?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              57%    51%    60%    59%    55%    59%
Oppose               40     49     39     38     43     38
DK/NA                 2      1      2      3      2      3
 
 
34. Would you support or oppose putting tolls on state highways in Connecticut if the money were used to reduce the state's gas tax?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              53%    51%    51%    55%    51%    54%
Oppose               44     47     45     43     47     42
DK/NA                 3      2      4      2      2      4
 
 
35. Do you support or oppose allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers' licenses?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              31%    14%    51%    23%    28%    34%
Oppose               65     82     44     73     70     60
DK/NA                 4      3      5      4      2      6
 
 
 

Demographic Summary