May 9, 2014 - Budget, Taxes Hurt Connecticut Gov, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Foley Ties Malloy, Has Big Lead In Republican Field
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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy's handling of the state budget and taxes, including his failed promise to offer $55 tax refunds, are big hurdles as he scores a split 48 - 46 percent job approval rating, with voters saying by a slight 48 - 44 percent margin he does not deserve to be reelected, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Gov. Malloy remains deadlocked 43 - 43 percent in a reelection battle with Republican challenger Tom Foley, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. The incumbent edges State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, 44 - 40 percent, and tops Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton 44 - 39 percent. He leads other little known challengers by margins of 8 to 10 percentage points.

One week before the Connecticut Republican Convention, Foley leads the GOP pack with 39 percent, followed by Boughton with 9 percent and McKinney with 8 percent. No other Republican tops 5 percent and 28 percent are undecided.

Malloy gets a divided 46 - 45 percent favorability rating. Foley's favorability is 36 - 23 percent, with 39 percent who don't know enough about him to form an opinion. For the other Republicans, anywhere from 71 percent to 84 percent don't know enough to form an opinion.

"It's deja-vu all over again as Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and 2010 Republican standard-bearer Tom Foley remain locked in a dead heat," said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

"One week before the Republican Convention, Foley is still the clear frontrunner. Mayor Mark Boughton, State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney and the rest of the pack are running way behind. Those trying to catch Foley are still struggling to gain name recognition,"

"The good news for Gov. Malloy is that the negative headlines about his cancellation of the $55 per person tax refund does not seem to affect his overall approval rating or his standing in the governor's race. The bad news is that almost all the Republicans are within single digits of Malloy, with Foley tied and Boughton and McKinney on his heels," Dr. Schwartz added.

Malloy's planned tax refund was a "campaign gimmick" which never should have been offered in the first place, Connecticut voters say 60 - 29 percent. But voters say 67 - 31 percent it is "fair to return some share of state revenues to taxpayers" when the state finances are good.

In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 18 percent of those who disapprove of the job Malloy is doing cite taxes as the main reason, while another 18 percent list the state budget or finances as 13 percent cite the economy or jobs.

Among those who approve of the job Malloy is doing, 13 percent cite his good job as governor and 9 percent list the state budget or finances.

Only 21 percent of voters say they are personally better off than they were four years ago, while 30 percent say they are worse off and 48 percent say they are about the same. The $1.5 billion tax hike Malloy signed three years ago to close the budget deficit hurt the state economy, 32 percent of voters say, while 21 percent say it helped and 39 percent say it made no difference.

Looking at Malloy's character, Connecticut voters say 59 - 36 percent that he has strong leadership qualities, 57 - 33 percent that he is honest and trustworthy and 49 - 45 percent that he cares about their needs and problems.

Voters approve 45 - 39 percent of the way he is handling education, but give him negative grades for handling other issues:
  • 35 - 53 percent for handling the budget;
  • 32 - 61 percent for handling taxes;
  • 38 - 55 percent for handling the economy and jobs.
"Economic issues are dragging Gov. Malloy down," Dr. Schwartz said. "A bright spot for Malloy is that voters think he has strong leadership qualities and is honest and trustworthy."

From May 1 - 6, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,668 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. The survey includes 443 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 4.7 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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1. (If Registered Republican) If the Republican primary for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Mark Boughton, Martha Dean, Tom Foley, Mark Lauretti, John McKinney, and Joe Visconti, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS.........................
                                          POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                                          Lib/   CONSERVATIVE  Tea
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Mod    Smwht  Very   Party
 
Boughton              9%     9%     9%    13%     6%     6%     6%
Dean                  5      5      6      4      6      8     10
Foley                39     38     39     32     49     37     46
Lauretti              3      4      1      -      2      8      5
McKinney              8     11      5     10     10      4      2
Visconti              4      5      1      2      3      7      4
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      3      3      -      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2      3      2      -      -
DK/NA                28     24     35     33     22     26     24
 
TREND: (If Registered Republican) If the Republican primary for governor were being held today, and the candidates were Mark Boughton, Martha Dean, Tom Foley, Mark Lauretti, John McKinney, and Joe Visconti for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19
                     2014    2014    2013
 
Boucher              na       2      na
Boughton              9      11       8
Cafero               na      na       4
Dean                  5      na      na
Foley                39      36      36
Lauretti              3       6      na
McKinney              8       3      11
Visconti              4       3      na
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       4
DK/NA                28      35      37
 
 
2. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Tom Foley the Republican and Dan Malloy the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Foley                43%    90%    11%    44%    50%    37%    23%    43%    48%    46%
Malloy               43      5     78     38     38     48     55     42     42     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      1      -      1      1      1      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      3      2      2      4      3      2      1
DK/NA                10      4      9     14      9     11     17     11      8     10
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Tom Foley the Republican and Dan Malloy the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19
                     2014    2014    2013
 
Foley                43      42      43
Malloy               43      42      40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       3       2
DK/NA                10      11      14
 
 
3. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were John McKinney the Republican and Dan Malloy the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
McKinney             40%    85%    11%    40%    46%    35%    28%    39%    44%    42%
Malloy               44      6     78     39     38     49     55     45     42     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1      2      2      1      1      2      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      1      4      3      2      4      3      2      2
DK/NA                12      6     10     15     11     13     13     11     12     14
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were John McKinney the Republican and Dan Malloy the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19
                     2014    2014    2013
 
McKinney             40      37      37
Malloy               44      43      44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       4       3
DK/NA                12      14      15
 
 
4. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Mark Boughton the Republican and Dan Malloy the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Boughton             39%    83%    10%    39%    47%    32%    29%    40%    42%    38%
Malloy               44      7     78     39     38     50     51     47     41     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      1      1      1      1      1      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      1      4      3      2      4      2      3      2
DK/NA                13      8     10     17     12     14     15     10     14     17
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Mark Boughton the Republican and Dan Malloy the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19
                     2014    2014    2013
 
Boughton             39      35      36
Malloy               44      44      43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       3       3
DK/NA                13      16      16
 
 
5. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Mark Lauretti the Republican and Dan Malloy the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Lauretti             37%    80%    11%    38%    44%    32%    26%    38%    41%    37%
Malloy               45      9     76     40     40     49     50     47     42     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1      1      2      1      3      2      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      2      3      3      3      6      2      3      3
DK/NA                14      7     10     18     12     16     15     11     14     17
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Mark Lauretti the Republican and Dan Malloy the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                     May 09  Mar 04
                     2014    2014
 
Lauretti             37      34
Malloy               45      44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       3
DK/NA                14      16
 
 
6. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Visconti the Republican and Dan Malloy the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Visconti             36%    80%     7%    37%    43%    31%    30%    38%    38%    35%
Malloy               46      9     81     40     41     50     55     46     44     44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      2      1      1      1      2      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      1      3      3      2      3      2      3      3
DK/NA                14      8     10     18     12     15     11     12     14     17
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Visconti the Republican and Dan Malloy the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                     May 09  Mar 04
                     2014    2014
 
Visconti             36      34
Malloy               46      45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       3
DK/NA                14      16
 
 
7. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Martha Dean the Republican and Dan Malloy the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Dean                 37%    80%     8%    38%    44%    31%    29%    39%    40%    35%
Malloy               46      8     81     39     42     50     56     47     43     44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      1      4      3      3      4      2      3      4
DK/NA                13      9      8     18     11     15     11     11     14     17
 
 
8. Is your opinion of Tom Foley favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            36%    66%    18%    34%    42%    31%    23%    31%    40%    42%
Unfavorable          23      7     33     24     26     21     16     22     26     25
Hvn't hrd enough     39     25     47     40     32     45     59     45     33     30
REFUSED               2      1      2      2      1      3      2      2      2      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Tom Foley favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19  Aug 05  Jan 21  Mar 04  Apr 02
                     2014    2014    2013    2010    2010    2014    2009
 
Favorable            36      38      35      25      31      38      12
Unfavorable          23      21      18      24       6      21       6
Hvn't hrd enough     39      39      46      48      62      39      80
REFUSED               2       2       2       3       1       2       1
 
 
9. Is your opinion of Dan Malloy favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            46%    13%    75%    43%    39%    53%    53%    47%    44%    44%
Unfavorable          45     82     17     47     51     39     31     45     49     45
Hvn't hrd enough      6      4      6      7      7      6     13      7      4      5
REFUSED               3      2      2      3      3      2      2      1      3      5
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Dan Malloy favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19  Aug 05  Jan 21  Nov 10  Feb 10
                     2014    2014    2013    2010    2010    2009    2009
 
Favorable            46      46      46      40      32      21      19
Unfavorable          45      43      44      15       7      10      11
Hvn't hrd enough      6       8       7      44      59      67      69
REFUSED               3       3       3       2       2       2       1
 
 
10. Is your opinion of John McKinney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            20%    34%    12%    20%    24%    17%    27%    14%    21%    24%
Unfavorable           8      4     10      9     10      7     11      9      7      7
Hvn't hrd enough     71     61     77     71     65     76     62     76     72     67
REFUSED               1      1      1      -      1      1      -      1      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of John McKinney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19
                     2014    2014    2013
 
Favorable            20      19      16
Unfavorable           8       8       8
Hvn't hrd enough     71      72      75
REFUSED               1       1       1
 
 
11. Is your opinion of Mark Boughton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            15%    26%     7%    15%    20%    10%    13%    14%    17%    14%
Unfavorable           6      1     10      6      7      6     14      5      4      5
Hvn't hrd enough     79     72     83     78     73     84     73     80     79     80
REFUSED               -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Mark Boughton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19  Jan 21
                     2014    2014    2013    2010
 
Favorable            15      12      11       7
Unfavorable           6       4       5       2
Hvn't hrd enough     79      82      84      90
REFUSED               -       1       -       1
 
 
12. Is your opinion of Mark Lauretti favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            10%    22%     4%    10%    14%     7%    13%    10%    10%     9%
Unfavorable           7      4      9      7      8      6      7      7      6      7
Hvn't hrd enough     82     73     86     83     77     86     80     82     83     83
REFUSED               1      1      1      -      1      1      -      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Mark Lauretti favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     May 09  Mar 04
                     2014    2014
 
Favorable            10      10
Unfavorable           7       4
Hvn't hrd enough     82      85
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
13. Is your opinion of Joe Visconti favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable             9%    17%     4%     9%    13%     6%    12%    11%     8%     7%
Unfavorable           7      3      9      6      9      4     16      5      6      5
Hvn't hrd enough     84     79     87     84     78     89     70     83     86     87
REFUSED               1      -      1      -      -      1      2      -      -      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Joe Visconti favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     May 09  Mar 04
                     2014    2014
 
Favorable             9       7
Unfavorable           7       4
Hvn't hrd enough     84      89
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
14. Is your opinion of Martha Dean favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Favorable            13%    22%     4%    15%    15%    11%    12%    15%    12%    10%
Unfavorable          13      8     16     14     16     12     11     11     13     18
Hvn't hrd enough     73     69     81     70     69     77     77     74     74     70
REFUSED               1      1      -      -      -      1      -      -      -      2
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dan Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              48%    14%    78%    43%    41%    53%    58%    49%    46%    42%
Disapprove           46     83     17     49     53     39     29     45     49     51
DK/NA                 7      3      5      8      6      7     13      6      5      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dan Malloy is handling his job as Governor? (* High also 48% Mar 2014, Mar 12 2013)
                                                             APPROVE....... 
                                                             High    Low    
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19  Mar 12  Mar 06  May 09  Mar 09  
                     2014    2014    2013    2013    2013    2014*   2011    
                                                                             
Approve              48      48      47      48      43      48      35      
Disapprove           46      45      47      39      43      46      40      
DK/NA                 7       7       6      13      15       7      25      
 
 
15a. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dan Malloy is handling his job as Governor? COMBINED WITH: (If approve/disapprove q15) Do you approve/disapprove...strongly or somewhat?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve strongly     18%     3%    35%    13%    16%    19%    19%    17%    18%    18%
Approve somewhat     29     10     42     30     25     34     39     32     28     23
Disapprove somewhat  17     23     10     20     19     16     13     18     17     19
Disapprove strongly  29     60      7     29     34     24     17     26     32     32
DK/NA                 7      3      6      8      6      8     13      6      5      8
 
 
16a. (If approve q15) What is the main reason you approve of the way Dan Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                            Approve Malloy Q15
                            
Budget/State finances        8%
Budget/Tax surplus           1
 
Taxes - General              1
 
Economy/Jobs                 4
 
Minimum wage                 2
 
Unions                       1
 
Education/Teachers           3
 
Gun control                  3
 
Policies - General           2
Policies - Other specific    3
 
Storm management             2
Crisis management            4
Handling Sandy Hook          1
 
Democrat/Party               2
Political Philosophy         1
 
Good job as Governor        13
Strong Leader/Person         2
Decisive                     1
Hard worker                  2
Smart/Capable/Competent      2
Effective/Gets things done   5
Good communication skills    1
 
Cares about people/State     7
Straight forward/Direct      2
Honest/Trustworthy           2
Just like him                5
 
Other                        8
DK/NA                       12
 
 
16b. (If disapprove q15) What is the main reason you disapprove of the way Dan Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                            Disapprove Malloy Q15
                            
Budget/State finances       18%
 
Cuts to services             1
 
Taxes - General             16
Taxes - Other specific       2
 
Economy/Jobs                11
Losing businesses            2
 
Minimum Wage                 1
 
Unions - General             1
State employee unions        1
 
Education/Teachers           4
 
Gun control                  6
 
Policies - General           1
Policies - Other specific    3
 
Handling Sandy Hook          1
 
Democrat/Party               1
Political Philosophy         1
Too partisan/Doesn't work
 with other party            2
 
Poor job as Governor         2
Indecisive                   1
Not Smart/Not Capable/
 Incompetent                 2
Ineffective/Doesn't get
 things done                 1
 
Doesn't care about 
 people/State                4
Not Honest/Not Trustworthy   6
Just don't like him          3
 
Other                        6
DK/NA                        3
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              35%    23%    54%    30%    31%    38%    49%    37%    33%    29%
Disapprove           41     60     20     47     53     31     28     38     45     47
DK/NA                23     17     26     24     16     30     22     25     22     24
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19  Mar 12  Jun 06  Jun 03  Sep 15
                     2014    2014    2013    2013    2012    2004    2011
 
Approve              35      35      33      38      35      48      27
Disapprove           41      50      54      47      51      33      57
DK/NA                23      15      12      15      14      19      16
 
 
18. 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              51%    27%    73%    48%    45%    56%    54%    50%    51%    50%
Disapprove           29     58      9     29     39     20     29     26     30     33
DK/NA                20     15     18     23     16     24     17     24     19     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Murphy is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     May 09  Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 12
                     2014    2014    2013    2013
 
Approve              51      53      52      50
Disapprove           29      31      32      34
DK/NA                20      16      16      16
 
 
19. 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              64%    40%    83%    63%    56%    71%    49%    66%    67%    62%
Disapprove           26     52      7     28     37     17     30     22     26     31
DK/NA                10      9     10      9      7     12     21     12      6      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as United States Senator? (* High also 64% Mar 2012)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 09  Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 12  Jun 06  May 09  Mar 09
                     2014    2014    2013    2013    2012    2014*   2011
                                                                     
Approve              64      61      62      63      61      64      49
Disapprove           26      31      28      27      25      26      25
DK/NA                10       8      10      10      14      10      26
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              48%     7%    85%    43%    42%    54%    55%    51%    47%    44%
Disapprove           48     92     12     52     54     42     40     45     50     52
DK/NA                 4      1      4      5      3      4      6      5      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
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19  Mar 12  Jun 06  May 27  Mar 04
                     2014    2014    2013    2013    2012    2009*   2014
 
Approve              48      45      50      53      53      71      45
Disapprove           48      51      46      44      43      22      51
DK/NA                 4       4       4       3       4       7       4
 
 
21. Do you feel that Dan Malloy deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Deserves         44%     9%    75%    40%    37%    49%    47%    44%    44%    42%
No/Does not          48     87     18     51     56     42     44     48     49     49
DK/NA                 8      4      7      9      7      9      8      8      6      9
 
TREND: Do you feel that Dan Malloy deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19  Mar 12
                     2014    2014    2013    2013
 
Yes/Deserves         44      45      44      42
No/Does not          48      46      46      45
DK/NA                 8       9      10      13
 
 
22. 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?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Very satisfied        4%     1%    10%     2%     4%     4%     3%     3%     4%     7%
Smwht satisfied      40     14     64     35     35     44     50     40     38     34
Smwht dissatisfied   28     29     17     35     28     28     26     33     26     26
Very dissatisfied    28     55      8     28     33     23     20     24     32     33
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -      1      1      -      -      1
 
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
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19  Mar 12  Jun 06  Oct 21  Sep 15
                     2014    2014    2013    2013    2012    1998    2011
 
Very satisfied        4       4       4       4       4      21       2
Smwht satisfied      40      37      37      36      37      62      27
Smwht dissatisfied   28      31      28      31      33      14      39
Very dissatisfied    28      28      30      28      26       3      32
DK/NA                 -       -       1       -       -       -       1
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dan Malloy is handling - the budget?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              35%    10%    62%    29%    33%    37%    46%    34%    35%    34%
Disapprove           53     85     24     58     59     48     43     53     57     52
DK/NA                11      5     14     12      8     14     12     13      8     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dan Malloy is handling the budget?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 09  Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 12  Apr 25  Mar 06  Apr 25
                     2014    2014    2013    2013    2012    2014    2012
 
Approve              35      37      35      33      31      37      31
Disapprove           53      53      55      57      54      53      54
DK/NA                11      10      10      10      15      10      15
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dan Malloy is handling - education?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              45%    25%    65%    43%    46%    45%    52%    44%    48%    42%
Disapprove           39     64     19     41     41     38     34     43     37     38
DK/NA                15     12     16     16     14     17     14     13     15     21
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dan Malloy is handling education?
                     May 09  Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 12  Apr 25  Mar 21
                     2014    2014    2013    2013    2012    2012
 
Approve              45      41      43      45      38      36
Disapprove           39      43      43      39      43      41
DK/NA                15      15      15      16      20      23
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dan Malloy is handling - taxes?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              32%     9%    56%    27%    30%    34%    44%    32%    31%    29%
Disapprove           61     90     33     67     65     58     45     64     64     61
DK/NA                 6      1     11      6      4      8     11      5      5     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dan Malloy is handling taxes?
                     May 09  Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 12  Apr 25
                     2014    2014    2013    2013    2012
 
Approve              32      29      29      29      25
Disapprove           61      63      63      61      64
DK/NA                 6       8       8      10      11
 
 
26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dan Malloy is handling - the economy and jobs?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              38%     7%    66%    33%    34%    41%    46%    39%    37%    34%
Disapprove           55     90     25     59     61     50     47     56     56     56
DK/NA                 7      3      9      8      5      9      7      5      7     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dan Malloy is handling the economy and jobs? (* the economy)
                     May 09  Mar 06  Jun 19  Mar 12  Apr 25
                     2014    2014    2013*   2013*   2012*
 
Approve              38      33      35      35      31
Disapprove           55      60      57      56      56
DK/NA                 7       7       8       9      13
 
 
28. Would you say that Dan Malloy - has strong leadership qualities or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  59%    34%    83%    56%    57%    62%    69%    61%    58%    54%
No                   36     63     12     39     40     33     24     34     38     40
DK/NA                 5      3      5      5      4      6      7      4      3      5
 
TREND: Would you say that Dan Malloy has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19
                     2014    2014    2013
 
Yes                  59      60      57
No                   36      35      38
DK/NA                 5       5       5
 
 
29. Would you say that Dan Malloy - is honest and trustworthy or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  57%    37%    80%    53%    55%    59%    59%    56%    58%    58%
No                   33     53     13     36     36     30     32     36     33     29
DK/NA                10     10      7     11      9     11      9      9      9     13
 
TREND: Would you say that Dan Malloy is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19
                     2014    2014    2013
 
Yes                  57      59      57
No                   33      33      33
DK/NA                10       9      10
 
 
30. Would you say that Dan Malloy - cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  49%    22%    75%    45%    44%    52%    61%    46%    48%    46%
No                   45     75     19     49     51     41     33     48     48     45
DK/NA                 6      4      6      6      5      7      6      6      4      8
 
TREND: Would you say that Dan Malloy cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     May 09  Mar 04  Jun 19
                     2014    2014    2013
 
Yes                  49      50      47
No                   45      45      47
DK/NA                 6       5       6
 
 
36. 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%     -      -      1%     -      1%
Good                 30     15     50     24     28     32     43     34     26     24
Not so good          40     35     36     44     38     41     36     40     41     39
Poor                 29     49     11     31     33     25     18     25     32     34
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      3      1      -      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of Connecticut's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXCLNT+GOOD...
                                                             High    Low
                     May 09  Mar 06  Jun 19  Apr 25  Jun 15  Dec 20  Feb 10
                     2014    2014    2013    2012    2011    2001    2009
 
Excellent             1       -       1       -       -       3       -
Good                 30      24      23      19      15      51       6
Not so good          40      45      41      51      48      38      53
Poor                 29      28      34      28      35       7      39
DK/NA                 1       2       2       1       -       1       1
 
 
37a. (If economy excellent/good q36) How much credit do you give Governor Malloy for the state of Connecticut's economy; a lot, some, not much, or none at all?
                     Economy excellent/Good Q36
                     
A lot                15%
Some                 64
Not much             14
None at all           4
DK/NA                 2
 
 
37b. (If economy not so good/poor q36) How much blame do you give Governor Malloy for the state of Connecticut's economy; a lot, some, not much, or none at all?
                     Economy not so good/Poor Q36
                     
A lot                27%
Some                 49
Not much             17
None at all           6
DK/NA                 1
 
 
38. 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               21%     8%    36%    16%    19%    22%    29%    19%    22%    19%
Worse                27     44     11     30     30     25     24     21     30     34
The same             50     46     51     52     50     50     46     59     48     44
DK/NA                 1      1      2      2      1      2      1      1      1      3
 
TREND: Do you think Connecticut's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same? (*the state's economy)
                     May 09  Mar 06  Jun 19  Aug 01  Feb 22
                     2014    2014    2013    2002*   2001
 
Better               21      16      20      12      16
Worse                27      30      31      34      22
The same             50      52      48      52      60
DK/NA                 1       2       1       2       3
 
 
39. Compared with four years ago, do you think Connecticut's economy is better today, worse today, or about the same?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Better               31%    10%    49%    29%    32%    30%    42%    34%    30%    23%
Worse                32     57     13     34     34     30     26     30     34     36
About the same       35     32     35     35     33     36     28     33     35     39
DK/NA                 2      -      4      2      1      3      5      3      -      2
 
 
40. Compared with four years ago, are you and your family financially better off today, worse off today, or about the same?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Better off           21%    14%    30%    18%    22%    20%    38%    27%    17%    10%
Worse off            30     42     17     33     29     31     24     25     35     34
About the same       48     44     52     48     48     48     38     47     48     54
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      1      -      1      -      1
 
 
43. How much have you heard or read about Governor Malloy withdrawing his proposed $55 tax refund due to a lower than anticipated budget surplus; a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
A lot                27%    36%    20%    29%    32%    23%     8%    24%    30%    38%
Some                 31     30     30     33     30     31     24     28     35     30
Not much             16     13     20     14     14     19     19     18     16     14
Nothing at all       24     20     28     23     22     25     47     29     18     14
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      1      2      2      1      1      3
 
 
44. (Intro q44-45: Do you agree or disagree with the following statements) Malloy's tax refund should have never been offered in the first place because it was only a campaign gimmick. Do you agree or disagree?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Agree                60%    85%    39%    64%    66%    55%    54%    56%    63%    65%
Disagree             29     11     49     25     27     31     35     30     30     25
DK/NA                11      5     13     11      7     14     12     14      7     10
 
 
45. (Intro q44-45) In general, when the state is in a good financial situation, it is fair to return some share of state revenues to taxpayers in the form of a tax refund. Do you agree or disagree?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Agree                67%    67%    71%    64%    63%    70%    77%    71%    67%    56%
Disagree             31     32     26     34     34     28     22     27     31     41
DK/NA                 2      1      3      2      2      2      1      2      1      3
 
 
46. Do you think the $1.5 billion tax hike Governor Malloy signed 3 years ago to close the budget deficit helped the state's economy, hurt the state's economy, or didn't make a difference?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Helped               21%     6%    40%    15%    24%    19%    36%    18%    23%    18%
Hurt                 32     58     12     33     39     27     23     33     36     31
No difference        39     33     38     44     34     44     33     41     37     42
DK/NA                 7      3     10      8      4     10      8      7      5      9
 
 

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