June 30, 2004 - New Governor Will Be Effective, Restore Trust, Connecticut Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Federal Probe Of Rowland Should Go On, Voters Say
By a 76 - 4 percent margin, with 21 percent undecided, Connecticut voters believe incoming Gov. Jodi Rell will be able to govern effectively, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Even Democrats say 71 - 5 percent that she can govern effectively.

By a 68 - 13 percent margin, voters tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University poll that Gov. Rell will be able to restore public trust in state government.

When asked to name the incoming governor, 64 percent of voters said Rell, while 36 percent had no answer or a wrong answer.

Voters give Rell a 34 -1 percent favorability rating, with 6 percent mixed and 59 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

"The poll results are good news for incoming governor Jodi Rell. Although most voters haven't heard enough about her to form an opinion, voters are overwhelmingly optimistic that she will be able to govern effectively and restore public trust in state government," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.

"Among those voters who have an opinion of her, it is overwhelmingly favorable. She has virtually no negatives, with only one percent having an unfavorable opinion of her. We've never seen such a low unfavorable number."

The federal investigation into outgoing Gov. John Rowland should continue, Connecticut voters say 67 - 30 percent. Republicans say 55 - 41 percent the investigation should continue.

Voters disapprove 66 - 27 percent of the job John Rowland did as Governor.

Jodi Rell was not aware of the alleged corruption involving Rowland, voters say 46 - 35 percent, with 19 percent undecided. Her 10-year association with Rowland does not hurt her ability to be an effective governor, voters say 79 - 15 percent.

"Jodi Rell comes into office unencumbered by Gov. Rowland's alleged wrongdoing, and voters want to give her a chance to straighten things out. Her 10 years as Governor Rowland's Lieutenant Governor has not hurt Rell. Nearly 8 in 10 say that her association with Rowland will not affect her ability to be an effective governor," Dr. Schwartz said.

Only 24 percent of Connecticut voters could name Kevin Sullivan as the incoming Lieutenant Governor. Presidential Race

Democratic challenger John Kerry has almost doubled his Connecticut lead over Republican President George W. Bush in less than a month. Sen. Kerry has a 50 - 32 percent lead over President Bush, with 9 percent for independent candidate Ralph Nader. This compares to a 46 - 36 percent Kerry lead, with 8 percent for Nader in a June 4 Quinnipiac University poll.

From June 27 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 929 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and the nation as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu and quicklinks

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Rowland is handling his job as Governor? (*Jun 30, 2004 ...the way John Rowland handled his job as Governor?)

                      App     Dis     DK/NA
                      
Jun 30, 2004 *        27      66       7
Jun 3, 2004           25      66       9
Apr 1, 2004           25      67       8
Feb 19, 2004          24      69       7
Jan 21, 2004          24      68       8
Jan 7, 2004           28      62       9
Dec 17, 2003          30      61       8 
Nov 21, 2003          37      52      12 
Oct 9, 2003           35      55      10 
Jul 31, 2003          31      58      11
Apr 30, 2003          33      54      13
Mar 13,2003           33      57      10
Oct 2, 2002           58      31      11
Jul 31, 2002          54      32      14
May 23, 2002          63      24      13
Feb 14, 2002          65      21      14
Dec 19, 2001          78      14       8
Apr 19, 2001          70      20      10
Feb 21, 2001          66      20      14
Jul 20, 2000          68      23      10
Jun 21, 2000          66      23      10
Apr 13, 2000          66      23      11
Feb 18, 2000          67      22      11
Oct 14, 1999          63      25      12
Jun 24, 1999          67      26       7
May 4, 1999           63      26      11
Oct 21, 1998          76      17       7
Oct 1, 1998           75      17       9
Jun 24, 1998          69      23       8
Apr 1, 1998           69      23       8
Feb 18, 1998          71      21       7
Nov 19, 1997          61      30       8
Oct 8, 1997           61      32       8
Jul 16, 1997          56      34      10
Feb 25, 1997          63      28       8
Nov 1, 1996           60      26      14
Oct 6, 1996           61      25      14
Jul 3, 1996           56      30      14
Mar 27, 1996          51      34      15




TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?

                      App     Dis     DK/NA


Jun 30, 2004 37 58 5 Jun 4, 2004 39 55 5 Nov 20, 2003 45 50 5 Oct 10, 2003 43 53 4 Jul 31, 2003 54 41 5 May 1, 2003 64 29 7 Mar 14, 2003 49 45 6 Oct 2, 2002 61 32 7 Jul 31, 2002 59 34 7 May 23, 2002 70 24 6 Feb 14, 2002 79 16 6 Dec 19, 2001 87 10 2 Apr 19, 2001 55 33 12 Feb 21, 2001 49 30 21



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?

                      App     Dis    DK/NA
                              
Jun 30, 2004          66      22     12
Jun 4, 2004           63      24     14
Nov 20, 2003          52      36     12 
Oct 10, 2003          54      34     12 
Jul 31, 2003          51      33     17
May 1, 2003           53      25     22
Mar 14, 2003          60      28     12
Oct 2, 2002           58      29     13
Aug 1, 2002           64      26     10
Jul 31, 2002          64      26     10
May 23, 2002          65      23     12
Feb 14, 2002          64      21     15
Dec 19, 2001          71      19     10
Apr 19, 2001          71      22      7
Feb 21, 2001          71      20      9
Sep 21, 2000          80      14      6
Jul 20, 2000          74      15     11
Jun 21, 2000          72      14     14
Apr 13, 2000          71      14     14
Feb 18, 2000          73      14     13
Oct 14, 1999          73      16     11
Jun 24, 1999          71      19     10
May 5, 1999           67      19     14
Oct 22, 1998          70      16     14
Oct 2, 1998           71      17     12
Jun 25, 1998          68      16     16
Apr 2, 1998           69      16     15
Feb 19, 1998          69      16     15
Nov 19, 1997          69      17     13
Oct 9, 1997           71      18     11
Jul 15, 1997          72      14     15
Feb 25, 1997          66      18     16
Jul 3, 1996           68      18     14
Mar 27, 1996          66      17     17
Apr 20, 1995          63      19     18
Aug 22, 1994          55      23     22
Jul 19, 1994          58      16     26




TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?

                      App     Dis     DK/NA
                      
Jun 30, 2004            66      17      18
Jun 4, 2004             59      22      19
Nov 20, 2003            60      22      17
Oct 10, 2003            62      20      18
Jul 31, 2003            58      20      22
May 1, 2003             52      16      31
Mar 14, 2003            57      22      21
Oct 2, 2002             58      21      21
Aug 1, 2002             61      20      19
Jul 31, 2002            61      20      19
May 23, 2002            61      18      21
Feb 14, 2002            52      17      31
Dec 19, 2001            63      20      18
Apr 19, 2001            71      16      13
Feb 21, 2001            68      15      16
Sep 21, 2000            66      20      14
Jul 20, 2000            64      24      12
Jun 21, 2000            64      21      14
Apr 13, 2000            63      22      15
Feb 18, 2000            64      21      16
Oct 14, 1999            70      22       8
Jun 24, 1999            65      25      10
May 5, 1999             61      25      14
Nov 2, 1998 (LV)        62      31       7
Oct 22, 1998            62      27      11
Oct 2, 1998             60      27      12
Jun 25, 1998            61      27      11
Apr 2, 1998             60      27      13
Feb 19, 1998            59      30      11
Nov 19, 1997            57      31      12
Oct 9, 1997             56      34      10
Jul 15, 1997            62      27      12
Feb 25, 1997            54      30      16
Jul 3, 1996             56      26      18
Mar 27, 1996            58      30      13
Apr 20, 1995            60      26      15
Aug 22, 1994            56      27      17




TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Connecticut today? Very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

                      Very    Smwht   Smwht   Very
                      sat     sat     dis     dis     DK/NA


Jun 30, 2004 3 48 31 16 2 Jun 4, 2004 3 43 36 18 1 Nov 21, 2003 4 43 33 19 1 Oct 9, 2003 4 38 34 23 1 Jul 31, 2003 4 34 37 24 1 Apr 30, 2003 4 40 38 18 1 Mar 13, 2003 4 32 34 29 1 Oct 2, 2002 10 57 24 8 1 Jul 31, 2002 7 58 26 8 1 May 23, 2002 9 62 21 7 1 Feb 14, 2002 11 63 21 5 1 Dec 19, 2001 14 63 18 3 1 Feb 22, 2001 13 60 20 6 1 Oct 21, 1998 21 62 14 3 - Oct 1, 1998 20 61 14 4 1 Jun 24, 1998 14 61 17 6 1 Apr 1, 1998 14 59 19 6 1 Feb 18, 1998 14 60 20 6 1 Nov 19, 1997 7 54 28 10 1 Oct 8, 1997 8 52 28 12 1 Apr 24, 1995 4 35 40 20 1



TREND: Is your opinion of Lieutenant Governor Jodi Rell favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about her? (*Jun 30, 2004 ...Lieutenant Governor Jodi Rell will be taking over as Governor. Is your opinion...?)

                                             Hvn't
                      Fav     UnFav   Mixed  heard   REFUSED


Jun 30, 2004 * 34 1 6 59 1 Jan 7, 2004 20 2 7 70 1 Apr 19, 2001 31 3 12 53 1



TREND: If the election for president were being held today, and the candidates were John Kerry the Democrat, and George W. Bush the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                      JK      GWB     SmnEls  Wld'tVt DK/NA 


Jun 30, 2004 55 34 2 2 7 Jun 4, 2004 50 38 2 3 7



TREND: If the election for president were being held today, and the candidates were John Kerry the Democrat, George W. Bush the Republican and Ralph Nader the Independent, for whom would you vote?

                      JK      GWB     RN      SmnEls  Wld'tVt DK/NA 


Jun 30, 2004 50 32 9 1 1 7 Jun 4, 2004 46 36 8 1 2 7



1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Rowland handled his job as Governor?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Approve 27 49 14 24 31 23 22 Disapprove 66 44 81 68 62 69 73 DK/NA 7 8 5 8 7 7 5

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Approve 37 74 13 34 41 33 29 Disapprove 58 22 83 60 54 62 68 DK/NA 5 4 4 6 5 5 3



3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Approve 66 65 66 67 63 68 70 Disapprove 22 25 20 22 25 19 22 DK/NA 12 10 14 11 12 13 9



4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Approve 66 55 71 68 60 71 66 Disapprove 17 29 11 15 23 11 19 DK/NA 18 17 17 17 17 18 15



5. 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?
                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Very satisfied 3 9 1 1 3 2 - Smwht satisfied 48 58 43 45 48 49 47 Smwht dissatisfied 31 20 35 36 32 30 35 Very dissatisfied 16 12 19 16 16 17 17 DK/NA 2 2 2 1 1 2 1



6. As you may know, Governor Rowland will be resigning on July first. Do you happen to know the name of the person who will be taking over as Governor? IF NEEDED: Who?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Yes/Jodi Rell 64 67 60 67 61 66 70 No/Wrong answer 34 30 37 31 37 32 27 REFUSED 2 2 3 1 3 2 3



7. Lieutenant Governor Jodi Rell will be taking over as Governor. Is your opinion of Jodi Rell favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about her?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Favorable 34 46 32 30 32 35 32 Unfavorable 1 - 1 1 1 - - Mixed 6 3 6 6 7 5 7 Hvn't hrd enough 59 50 61 62 58 59 60 REFUSED 1 2 1 1 2 1 1



8. Do you think that incoming governor Jodi Rell will or will not be able to govern the state effectively?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Yes/Will 76 85 71 77 74 77 79 No/Will not 4 3 5 2 7 1 3 DK/NA 21 12 24 21 19 22 19



9. Do you think that incoming governor Jodi Rell will or will not be able to restore public trust in state government?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Yes/Will 68 77 69 66 62 73 67 No/Will not 13 10 14 11 18 9 12 DK/NA 19 13 17 23 20 18 21



10. Jodi Rell was Governor Rowland's Lieutenant Governor for about 10 years. Does Jodi Rell's association with John Rowland hurt her ability to be an effective governor or not?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Yes/Hurts abiltiy 15 12 17 15 19 11 20 No/Does not 79 88 75 81 77 82 74 DK/NA 6 1 8 4 5 7 7



11. Do you think Jodi Rell was aware of the alleged corruption involving Governor Rowland or not?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Yes 35 26 36 38 37 33 35 No 46 60 44 42 48 45 43 DK/NA 19 14 20 20 16 22 22



12. Do you think the federal investigation of Governor Rowland should continue or do you think his resignation should close the case?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Yes/Should continue 67 55 71 72 70 64 77 No/Close the case 30 41 27 25 28 32 22 DK/NA 3 4 3 3 2 4 1



13. Do you happen to know the name of the person who will be taking over as Lieutenant Governor on July first? IF NEEDED: Who?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Yes/Kevin Sullivan 24 25 22 27 22 26 26 No/Wrong answer 72 70 74 70 73 71 71 REFUSED 4 5 5 3 5 3 3



14. How much attention have you been paying to the election campaign for President -- a lot, some, only a little, or none at all?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


A lot 39 48 39 36 43 35 33 Some 36 32 37 37 33 39 35 Only a little 21 18 22 22 20 22 27 None at all 4 2 3 5 4 3 5 DK/NA - 1 - - - - -



15. If the election for president were being held today, and the candidates were John Kerry the Democrat and George W. Bush the Republican for whom would you vote?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Kerry 55 12 85 53 54 56 66 Bush 34 78 8 32 38 30 26 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 2 1 3 2 2 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 1 2 3 1 2 DK/NA 7 6 5 11 3 11 5



16. If the election for president were being held today, and the candidates were John Kerry the Democrat, George W. Bush the Republican, and Ralph Nader the Independent for whom would you vote?

                                                                      Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HsHlds


Kerry 50 12 81 45 47 52 60 Bush 32 78 8 28 35 29 25 Nader 9 4 5 14 12 8 7 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - 1 1 1 1 - WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 DK/NA 7 4 5 11 3 10 6