March 6, 2014 - Connecticut Voters Back Suicide Bill Almost 2-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Call Gov. Malloy's Tax Refund A Gimmick
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Connecticut voters support 61 - 32 percent, with support from all age, party and gender groups, allowing doctors to legally prescribe lethal drugs to help terminally ill patients end their own lives, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Support is 63 - 31 percent among men, 58 - 33 percent among women, 51 - 42 percent among Republicans, 66 - 28 percent among Democrats and 63 - 31 percent among independent voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Voters 18 to 29 years old support it 63 - 28 percent, with support at 54 - 37 percent among voters over 65.

Voters are closely divided on whether they would ask a doctor to help them take their own life, as 39 percent say no in all cases, while 33 percent say they would if they were terminally ill, and another 12 percent would if they were terminally ill and in pain.

On another emotional issue, Connecticut voters favor the death penalty 57 - 34 percent when asked a simple "favor or oppose" question.

But voters are divided 47 - 47 percent on whether they approve or disapprove of a 2012 law that replaces the death penalty with life in prison with no chance of parole. Women approve the new law 50 - 43 percent while men disapprove 52 - 43 percent.

"Public support for allowing assisted dying in Connecticut is a very personal issue, crossing partisan, gender and age lines," said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

"Support for the death penalty has dropped 10 points in three years, from a high of 67 percent to a low of 57 percent. Perhaps this is a case of opinion following policy, as Connecticut abolished the death penalty in 2012," Dr. Schwartz added. "As we've seen in our past polls on the death penalty, when voters are given the choice of the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole, support for the death penalty drops. When asked the question this way, voters are evenly divided."

Gov. Dannel Malloy's proposal to use $155 million of Connecticut's surplus to mail tax refund checks of up to $110 per household is a political gimmick, not good public policy, voters say 63 - 23 percent. Calling the idea a gimmick are Republicans, 83 - 9 percent, and independent voters, 71 - 19 percent. Democrats are divided as 41 percent call it a gimmick and 39 percent say it's good public policy. Gov. Malloy's Approval Rating for Priority Issues

In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 36 percent of voters say the economy/jobs should be the top priority for Gov. Malloy and the State Legislature, with 14 percent saying taxes, 11 percent for education and 8 percent saying budget/government spending.

Voters approve 86 - 10 percent, including 84 - 10 percent among Republicans, of the way Malloy is handling this winter's snowstorms. But he gets failing grades on other issues:
  • Negative 33 - 60 percent for his handling of the top voter priority, the economy and jobs;
  • Negative 29 - 63 percent for handling another top priority, taxes;
  • A divided 41 - 43 percent for handling education, the third priority;
  • Negative 37 - 53 percent on the budget, the fourth priority;
  • Positive 47 - 43 percent for handling gun policy, a priority for only 2 percent;
  • Positive 37 - 30 percent for handling the death penalty, which no one listed as a priority.
"Gov. Dannel Malloy gets great marks for his handling of the snowstorms, but low marks for voter priorities, the economy and jobs, taxes, education and the budget," Dr. Schwartz said.

Keno should not be allowed in restaurants, bars or convenience stores, voters say 65 - 29 percent. Voters 18 to 29 years old back Keno 62 - 29 percent, the only group to support it.

From February 26 - March 2, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,878 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 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, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

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17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Murphy is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              53%    30%    79%    49%    47%    59%    61%    50%    51%    55%
Disapprove           31     55     10     32     37     25     20     34     33     28
DK/NA                16     15     12     20     16     17     19     16     16     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Murphy is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 12
                     2014    2013    2013
 
Approve              53      52      50
Disapprove           31      32      34
DK/NA                16      16      16
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              61%    39%    88%    57%    56%    67%    58%    60%    62%    68%
Disapprove           31     56      7     33     38     24     20     33     33     28
DK/NA                 8      6      5     10      7      9     22      7      5      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 12  Jun 06  Apr 25  Mar 22  Mar 09
                     2014    2013    2013    2012    2012    2012    2011
 
Approve              61      62      63      61      58      64      49
Disapprove           31      28      27      25      27      23      25
DK/NA                 8      10      10      14      15      14      26
 
 
22. What do you think should be the top priority for Governor Malloy and the State Legislature in 2014?
                            Tot
 
Economy(General)             6%
Jobs/Unemployment           25
Economy(Other Specific)      5
 
Wages/Minimum Wage           3
 
Class inequality             1
 
Budget(General)              4
Government spending          3
Budget deficit               1
 
Taxes(General)              13
Taxes(Other Specific)        1
 
Education(General)           9
Education(Other Specific)    2
 
Crime/Safety                 1
Gun Issues/Policy/Control    2
 
Healthcare                   3
Social Issues/Soc Services   2
Poverty/Homelessness         1
Immigration Issues           1
Roads/Infrastructure         1
Transportation               1
Caring about people          1
Other                        8
DK/NA                        6
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling - the budget?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              37%    15%    64%    29%    36%    37%    34%    37%    37%    39%
Disapprove           53     77     25     60     55     51     46     55     55     50
DK/NA                10      9     11     10      8     12     20      9      7     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling the budget?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 12  Apr 25  Sep 15  Mar 06  Apr 25
                     2014    2013    2013    2012    2011    2014    2012
 
Approve              37      35      33      31      36      37      31
Disapprove           53      55      57      54      55      53      54
DK/NA                10      10      10      15       9      10      15
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling - education?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              41%    25%    58%    39%    41%    41%    43%    39%    43%    44%
Disapprove           43     54     31     46     42     44     43     48     42     38
DK/NA                15     22     11     15     16     15     15     14     15     18
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling education?
                     Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 12  Apr 25  Mar 21
                     2014    2013    2013    2012    2012
 
Approve              41      43      45      38      36
Disapprove           43      43      39      43      41
DK/NA                15      15      16      20      23
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling - taxes?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              29%     8%    52%    24%    27%    31%    37%    29%    28%    30%
Disapprove           63     87     39     67     66     59     51     65     66     59
DK/NA                 8      4      9      8      6     10     12      6      6     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling taxes?
                     Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 12  Apr 25
                     2014    2013    2013    2012
 
Approve              29      29      29      25
Disapprove           63      63      61      64
DK/NA                 8       8      10      11
 
 
26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling - the economy and jobs?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              33%    11%    57%    27%    32%    33%    41%    32%    30%    36%
Disapprove           60     84     36     67     61     59     48     62     64     58
DK/NA                 7      5      7      7      6      7     11      6      5      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling the economy and jobs? (* the economy)
                     Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 12  Apr 25
                     2014    2013*   2013*   2012*
 
Approve              33      35      35      31
Disapprove           60      57      56      56
DK/NA                 7       8       9      13
 
 
27. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling - gun policy?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              47%    19%    70%    45%    40%    53%    40%    47%    47%    51%
Disapprove           43     72     21     44     52     36     43     45     44     40
DK/NA                10      9     10     10      9     11     17      8      9      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling gun policy?
                     Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 12  Mar 06
                     2014    2013    2013    2013
 
Approve              47      47      48      41
Disapprove           43      44      39      38
DK/NA                10      10      13      21
 
 
28. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling - the death penalty?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              37%    21%    55%    34%    35%    39%    46%    38%    35%    34%
Disapprove           30     47     15     31     36     25     24     30     33     29
DK/NA                33     31     30     35     29     36     30     32     32     36
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling the death penalty?
                     Mar 06  Apr 25
                     2014    2012
 
Approve              37      33
Disapprove           30      47
DK/NA                33      20
 
 
29. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling this winter's snowstorms?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              86%    84%    91%    84%    85%    86%    75%    88%    87%    89%
Disapprove           10     10      6     11     10      9     20      8      9      5
DK/NA                 5      6      2      5      5      5      5      4      4      7
 
 
30. Do you think Dannel Malloy's economic policies have helped your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or haven't made a difference?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Helped                6%     3%    10%     4%     6%     5%     6%     6%     6%     5%
Hurt                 36     54     15     42     38     35     17     38     45     31
No difference        57     41     73     53     55     59     77     55     47     62
DK/NA                 1      2      2      1      1      2      -      1      2      2
 
 
31. Do you think Dannel Malloy's policies have made Connecticut safer, less safe, or haven't made a difference?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Safer                27%    12%    45%    23%    25%    30%    28%    27%    27%    31%
Less safe            12     19      3     13     14     11     10     12     13     11
No difference        55     63     48     59     58     52     56     57     56     52
DK/NA                 5      6      3      6      3      7      7      5      4      7
 
 
36. Do you support or oppose the stricter new gun control laws in Connecticut?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              57%    32%    80%    55%    47%    66%    49%    54%    58%    64%
Oppose               39     63     18     40     49     30     45     42     39     30
DK/NA                 4      4      3      5      4      5      7      4      2      5
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose the stricter new gun control laws in Connecticut?
                     Mar 06  Jun 19
                     2014    2013
 
Support              57      57
Oppose               39      37
DK/NA                 4       6
 
 
37. Do you think Connecticut's stricter new gun control laws go too far, don't go far enough, or are they about right?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Too far              36%    63%    16%    36%    48%    26%    42%    40%    36%    27%
Not far enough       30     15     45     28     22     37     26     26     30     40
About right          29     18     35     31     27     31     28     29     29     28
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      4      6      3      5      4      6
 
TREND: Do you think Connecticut's stricter new gun control laws go too far, don't go far enough, or are they about right?
                     Mar 06  Jun 19
                     2014    2013
 
Too far              36      35
Not far enough       30      27
About right          29      32
DK/NA                 5       7
 
 
38. Would you describe the state of Connecticut's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Excellent             -      -      1%     -      1%     -      -      1%     -      1%
Good                 24     12     40     20     24     25     41     26     17     26
Not so good          45     46     44     46     44     46     41     44     50     43
Poor                 28     40     13     32     30     27     15     28     32     28
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      2      2      4      1      1      2
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of Connecticut's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXCLNT+GOOD...
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 06  Jun 19  Apr 25  Jun 15  Jul 23  Dec 20  Feb 10
                     2014    2013    2012    2011    2009    2001    2009
 
Excellent             -       1       -       -       -       3       -
Good                 24      23      19      15      13      51       6
Not so good          45      41      51      48      57      38      53
Poor                 28      34      28      35      28       7      39
DK/NA                 2       2       1       -       1       1       1
 
 
39. Do you think Connecticut's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Better               16%     7%    28%    11%    15%    16%    22%    15%    16%    15%
Worse                30     44     15     34     30     30     20     30     34     31
The same             52     48     56     53     53     52     52     55     49     52
DK/NA                 2      1      1      2      2      2      6      -      1      3
 
TREND: Do you think Connecticut's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same? (*state's economy)
                     Mar 06  Jun 19  Aug 01  Feb 22
                     2014    2013    2002*   2001
 
Better               16      20      12      16
Worse                30      31      34      22
The same             52      48      52      60
DK/NA                 2       1       2       3
 
 
43. Do you think keno, an electronic bingo-like gambling game, should be allowed in Connecticut restaurants, bars and convenience stores or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  29%    23%    30%    30%    35%    23%    62%    38%    20%    12%
No                   65     71     65     64     60     70     29     57     76     81
DK/NA                 6      6      6      6      5      7     10      5      5      7
 
TREND: Do you think keno, an electronic bingo-like gambling game, should be allowed in Connecticut restaurants, bars and convenience stores or not?
                     Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 18
                     2014    2013    2010
 
Yes                  29      35      27
No                   65      59      70
DK/NA                 6       7       3
 
 
44. Dannel Malloy has proposed using 155 million dollars of the state surplus for tax refunds with checks of up to 110 dollars to be mailed to households. How much have you heard or read about this proposal; a lot, some, only a little or nothing at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
A lot                11%    15%     8%    11%    13%     9%     2%     7%    14%    17%
Some                 21     26     23     17     22     20      8     15     25     30
Only a little        23     23     24     22     22     23     19     23     25     23
Nothing at all       45     36     45     50     43     48     71     55     36     29
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
 
45. In general, do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Good idea            43%    33%    53%    42%    39%    46%    61%    43%    43%    33%
Bad idea             49     59     38     51     55     44     26     48     51     57
DK/NA                 8      9      9      8      7     10     13      8      6     10
 
 
46. Do you think that Dannel Malloy's tax refund proposal is good public policy, or a political gimmick?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Good public policy   23%     9%    39%    19%    19%    27%    34%    19%    23%    23%
A political gimmick  63     83     41     71     68     59     45     67     66     65
BOTH(VOL)             5      3      7      4      5      4      8      5      4      3
NEITHER(VOL)          2      1      2      2      3      1      5      1      2      2
DK/NA                 7      4     11      4      5      9      9      7      5      7
 
 
47. Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Favor                57%    73%    43%    61%    63%    52%    50%    62%    57%    56%
Oppose               34     19     49     31     29     39     42     29     35     34
DK/NA                 8      8      9      8      8      9      8      9      8     10
 
TREND: Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?
                                                             FAVOR........
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 06  Mar 12  Apr 25  Mar 10  Oct 13  Mar 10  Mar 06
                     2014    2013    2012    2011    2010    2011    2014
 
Favor                57      59      62      67      65      67      57
Oppose               34      35      30      28      23      28      34
DK/NA                 8       6       8       5      12       5       8
 
 
48. As you may know, in 2012 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?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              47%    30%    61%    45%    43%    50%    56%    40%    47%    50%
Disapprove           47     65     33     48     52     43     39     54     46     45
DK/NA                 6      5      6      6      5      7      6      6      7      5
 
TREND: As you may know, in 2012 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?
                     Mar 06  Mar 12
                     2014    2013
 
Approve              47      45
Disapprove           47      51
DK/NA                 6       4
 
 
49. Do you support or oppose allowing doctors to legally prescribe lethal drugs to help terminally ill patients end their own lives?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              61%    51%    66%    63%    63%    58%    63%    65%    62%    54%
Oppose               32     42     28     31     31     33     28     30     31     37
DK/NA                 7      8      7      6      6      8      9      5      7      9
 
 
50. If this became law in Connecticut, and you were diagnosed with a terminal illness and had less than 6 months to live, do you think you would probably ask a doctor to help you end your life, or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  33%    28%    33%    36%    32%    33%    25%    29%    39%    35%
No                   53     60     52     50     54     53     64     57     45     51
DK/NA                14     12     16     14     14     14     11     14     16     13
 
 
51. (If no q50) If this became law in Connecticut, and you were diagnosed with a terminal illness and had less than 6 months to live and were living in severe pain, do you think you would probably ask a doctor to help you end your life, or not?
                     WOULD NOT ASK DR TO ASSIST Q50....................................
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  22%    15%    28%    23%    23%    21%    26%    22%    22%    22%
No                   73     82     66     72     72     74     70     74     74     71
DK/NA                 5      3      6      5      5      5      4      4      4      7
 
 
51a. (COMBINED Q50 & Q51) If this became law in Connecticut, and you were diagnosed with a terminal illness and had less than 6 months to live, do you think you would probably ask a doctor to help you end your life, or not? IF NO: If this became law in Connecticut, and you were diagnosed with a terminal illness and had less than 6 months to live and were living in severe pain, do you think you would probably ask a doctor to help you end your life, or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/If terminal      33%    28%    33%    36%    32%    33%    25%    29%    39%    35%
Yes/Terminal w/pain  12      9     14     12     13     11     17     12     10     11
No                   39     49     34     36     38     39     45     42     34     36
DK/NA                17     14     19     16     17     17     13     17     18     17
 
 

Demographic Summary