August 19, 2004 - Connecticut Voters Give New Gov Huge Approval, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Kerry Leads Bush 45 - 38 Percent
Connecticut voters give their new Governor, Jodi Rell, a huge 73 - 4 percent approval rating, among the highest ever measured in any state surveyed by the Quinnipiac University poll.

Results are consistent among Democrats, Republicans and independent voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Gov. Rell gets a 60 - 2 percent favorability rating, with 12 percent mixed and 25 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

Looking at the U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Christopher Dodd leads Republican challenger Jack Orchulli 64 - 20 percent.

Sen. Dodd gets a 52 - 13 percent favorability, with 23 percent mixed and 11 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

For Orchulli, 81 percent haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

"Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell has gone from relative obscurity, where 59 percent of voters did not know enough about her to form an opinion in a June 30 poll, to being a superstar with one of the highest job approval ratings recorded in 11 years of Quinnipiac University surveys, " said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.

"Part of this could just be relief that the ordeal with former Gov. John Rowland is over."

In the presidential race, Democratic Sen. John Kerry leads Republican President George W. Bush 45 - 38 percent, with 6 percent for independent candidate Ralph Nader. This compares to a 50 - 32 percent Kerry lead, with 9 percent for Nader in a June 30 Quinnipiac University poll.

Voters disapprove 52 - 42 percent of the job President Bush is doing, compared to a 58 - 37 percent disapproval June 30.

"A very popular Republican Governor may be helping President Bush in Connecticut, just as anti-Rowland feelings may have hurt Bush in the June 30 poll. Nonetheless, Kerry is maintaining a lead as expected in Connecticut," Dr. Schwartz said.

Going to war in Iraq was the wrong thing to do, Connecticut voters say 49 - 43 percent.

Given four choices, 35 percent of Connecticut voters say the economy is the most important issue in the presidential campaign, followed by 24 percent who say terrorism, 19 percent who say Iraq and 17 percent who say health care.

Looking at how the candidates would handle key issues, voters say:
  • 53 - 39 percent that Kerry would do a better job handling the economy;
  • 48 - 41 percent that Bush would do a better job on terrorism;
  • 46 - 44 percent that Kerry would do a better job on Iraq;
  • 56 - 31 percent that Kerry would do a better job on health care.
By a 42 - 35 percent margin, Connecticut voters have an unfavorable opinion of Bush, with 20 percent mixed.

Kerry gets a 37 - 26 percent favorability rating, with 29 percent mixed.

Laura Bush gets a 58 - 10 percent favorability rating, with 15 percent mixed.

Teresa Heinz Kerry gets a 27 - 23 percent favorability, with 20 percent mixed.

From August 12 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,079 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3 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 Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?

                        App    Dis    DK/NA
                        
Aug 19, 2004            65     21     13
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
                        
Aug 19, 2004            60      22      18
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: Is your opinion of Jodi Rell favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about her?

(* ...Lieutenant Governor Jodi Rell will be taking over as Governor. Is your opinion...?) (** Is your opinion of Lieutenant Governor Jodi Rell ...?)

                                               Hvn't
                        Fav     UnFav   Mixed  heard   REFUSED
                        
Aug 19, 2004            60       2      12     25       1
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: 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
                        
Aug 19, 2004             7      50      29      12       3
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: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?
                        App     Dis     DK/NA
                        
Aug 19, 2004            42      52       6
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: 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 
                        
Aug 19, 2004            48      40       2       2       9
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 
                        
Aug 19, 2004            45      38       6       1       2       8
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 Jodi Rell is handling her job as Governor?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 73% 76% 72% 73% 70% 75% Disapprove 4 3 5 4 5 3 DK/NA 24 21 24 23 25 23

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Approve 61% 79% 68% 74% 78% Disapprove 7 2 7 3 2 DK/NA 32 19 25 23 20



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 42% 84% 10% 41% 48% 37% Disapprove 52 13 84 52 48 54 DK/NA 6 3 5 7 3 9

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Approve 46% 34% 53% 42% 45% Disapprove 46 61 44 51 49 DK/NA 7 5 4 7 6



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 65% 60% 72% 66% 64% 67% Disapprove 21 30 17 20 26 17 DK/NA 13 10 11 15 10 16

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Approve 63% 68% 56% 69% 62% Disapprove 21 18 23 22 25 DK/NA 16 14 21 9 13



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 60% 47% 76% 59% 59% 61% Disapprove 22 35 10 22 26 18 DK/NA 18 18 14 19 15 21

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Approve 60% 60% 58% 62% 57% Disapprove 25 17 20 22 26 DK/NA 15 23 22 16 18



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


A lot 49% 54% 52% 44% 52% 46% Some 35 31 35 37 33 36 Only a little 13 12 10 14 12 14 None at all 4 3 3 4 4 4 DK/NA - - - - - -

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

A lot 52% 49% 42% 49% 46% Some 29 37 36 36 36 Only a little 11 10 21 14 13 None at all 7 3 1 1 5 DK/NA 1 1 - - -



6. 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?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Kerry 48% 11% 83% 46% 46% 50% Bush 40 82 9 38 45 36 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 - 1 3 1 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 1 - 3 3 1 DK/NA 9 6 7 10 6 11

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Kerry 41% 57% 44% 48% 45% Bush 44 32 51 40 42 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 3 - - 1 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 1 2 2 2 DK/NA 9 9 3 9 9



7. 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?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Kerry 45% 9% 81% 43% 42% 48% Bush 38 81 9 34 44 34 Nader 6 4 3 9 7 6 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - 1 1 - 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 1 - 3 2 1 DK/NA 8 5 5 10 5 11

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Kerry 36% 57% 39% 45% 43% Bush 43 30 49 38 42 Nader 7 4 8 7 6 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 - - - 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 1 2 1 1 DK/NA 9 8 3 9 7

CAND CHOICE Q7 Kerry Bush

Made up 86% 76% Might change 13 23 DK/NA 1 1



9a. (If Kerry voter q7) Is your vote more for Kerry or more against Bush?

                          Kerry  
                          Vtr q7


For Kerry 42% Against Bush 53 DK/NA 5



9b. (If Bush voter q7) Is your vote more for Bush or more against Kerry?

                          Bush 
                          Vtr q7


For Bush 76% Against Kerry 21 DK/NA 3



10. How much attention have you been paying to the election campaign for United States Senator from Connecticut - a lot, some, only a little, or none at all?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


A lot 9% 6% 12% 7% 7% 10% Some 25 26 28 24 26 24 Only a little 37 39 35 40 37 37 None at all 29 29 25 29 30 28 DK/NA - - - - - -

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

A lot 10% 12% 2% 7% 8% Some 27 26 17 22 31 Only a little 34 37 45 42 30 None at all 29 26 37 29 30 DK/NA - - - - -



11. If the election for senator were being held today, and the candidates were Christopher Dodd the Democrat and Jack Orchulli the Republican for whom would you vote?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Dodd 64% 37% 88% 65% 62% 66% Orchulli 20 48 3 17 24 17 SMONE ELSE(VOL) - - - - - - WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 1 - 3 2 1 DK/NA 14 14 8 15 12 15

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Dodd 61% 69% 54% 65% 63% Orchulli 25 17 24 20 19 SMONE ELSE(VOL) - - - 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 1 2 2 2 DK/NA 12 14 20 13 15



12. Is your opinion of - George W. Bush favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 35% 72% 8% 33% 39% 31% Unfavorable 42 8 74 42 40 44 Mixed 20 20 16 24 19 22 Hvn't hrd enough 2 - 1 1 1 2 REFUSED 1 1 1 - - 1

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Favorable 39% 26% 38% 34% 44% Unfavorable 38 47 35 45 38 Mixed 21 24 25 19 14 Hvn't hrd enough 1 3 - 2 3 REFUSED 1 - 2 - -



13. Is your opinion of - John Kerry favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 37% 12% 66% 32% 35% 38% Unfavorable 26 59 5 23 31 22 Mixed 29 23 20 37 29 29 Hvn't hrd enough 8 5 8 8 6 9 REFUSED 1 1 1 - - 1

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Favorable 30% 46% 35% 38% 29% Unfavorable 29 22 29 27 28 Mixed 33 26 29 27 28 Hvn't hrd enough 7 6 6 7 14 REFUSED 1 - 1 1 -



14. Is your opinion of - Ralph Nader favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 15% 13% 11% 19% 18% 13% Unfavorable 35 37 43 29 36 33 Mixed 25 27 20 27 26 23 Hvn't hrd enough 23 20 24 23 18 28 REFUSED 2 3 2 2 2 2

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Favorable 15% 16% 18% 14% 13% Unfavorable 35 36 47 29 37 Mixed 21 22 21 31 24 Hvn't hrd enough 27 21 13 24 25 REFUSED 1 4 1 2 1



15. Is your opinion of - Dick Cheney favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 28% 59% 8% 25% 33% 24% Unfavorable 40 9 66 41 39 41 Mixed 21 22 14 24 19 21 Hvn't hrd enough 10 9 11 9 8 12 REFUSED 1 1 1 1 - 1

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Favorable 31% 23% 24% 28% 35% Unfavorable 32 45 35 43 42 Mixed 25 20 28 19 13 Hvn't hrd enough 10 12 12 9 10 REFUSED 1 - 1 1 -



16. Is your opinion of - John Edwards favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 36% 11% 59% 37% 32% 40% Unfavorable 16 39 3 11 21 11 Mixed 20 23 15 24 18 23 Hvn't hrd enough 28 28 23 28 29 26 REFUSED - - - 1 1 -

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Favorable 32% 40% 34% 37% 35% Unfavorable 18 12 13 16 20 Mixed 25 17 31 20 16 Hvn't hrd enough 25 31 22 27 29 REFUSED 1 - - - -



17. Is your opinion of - Teresa Heinz Kerry favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about her?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 27% 9% 49% 22% 24% 29% Unfavorable 23 48 5 22 26 21 Mixed 20 19 18 23 19 21 Hvn't hrd enough 28 23 26 30 28 28 REFUSED 2 1 1 2 2 1

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Favorable 28% 31% 20% 25% 26% Unfavorable 28 19 22 22 27 Mixed 20 21 24 20 19 Hvn't hrd enough 22 28 34 31 27 REFUSED 2 1 - 2 1



18. Is your opinion of - Laura Bush favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about her?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 58% 80% 37% 60% 57% 59% Unfavorable 10 3 20 8 10 10 Mixed 15 5 24 15 12 18 Hvn't hrd enough 14 11 15 14 17 12 REFUSED 2 - 4 3 4 1

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Favorable 63% 49% 55% 59% 67% Unfavorable 10 10 10 13 7 Mixed 15 19 15 13 11 Hvn't hrd enough 10 21 15 13 12 REFUSED 3 1 5 2 3



19. Is your opinion of - Christopher Dodd favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 52% 37% 72% 51% 52% 52% Unfavorable 13 32 2 11 17 10 Mixed 23 25 17 26 20 26 Hvn't hrd enough 11 6 9 12 9 12 REFUSED 1 1 - 1 1 -

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Favorable 54% 54% 36% 55% 49% Unfavorable 13 10 20 14 14 Mixed 20 23 34 21 26 Hvn't hrd enough 12 13 10 8 10 REFUSED 1 - - 1 1



20. Is your opinion of - Jack Orchulli favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 6% 12% 2% 5% 9% 3% Unfavorable 4 2 7 4 4 5 Mixed 8 11 7 7 8 8 Hvn't hrd enough 81 73 83 82 78 83 REFUSED 1 2 - 1 1 1

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Favorable 8% 4% 3% 6% 6% Unfavorable 6 4 6 4 3 Mixed 10 7 4 8 10 Hvn't hrd enough 74 85 86 81 80 REFUSED 1 1 1 1 1



21. Is your opinion of - Jodi Rell favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about her?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 60% 65% 54% 63% 59% 61% Unfavorable 2 - 2 2 2 2 Mixed 12 10 16 11 14 11 Hvn't hrd enough 25 24 27 23 24 26 REFUSED 1 1 1 1 1 1

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Favorable 50% 67% 53% 59% 67% Unfavorable 3 1 4 1 2 Mixed 12 11 17 13 13 Hvn't hrd enough 34 20 26 26 18 REFUSED 1 1 - 1 -



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?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Very satisfied 7% 12% 4% 5% 8% 6% Smwht satisfied 50 58 47 50 48 51 Smwht dissatisfied 29 23 31 30 28 29 Very dissatisfied 12 7 14 13 14 10 DK/NA 3 1 5 1 2 3

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Very satisfied 9% 6% 8% 4% 8% Smwht satisfied 47 50 53 54 46 Smwht dissatisfied 27 31 21 31 28 Very dissatisfied 17 12 11 8 14 DK/NA 1 1 6 4 4



23. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Very satisfied 6% 16% 0% 3% 7% 4% Smwht satisfied 36 60 16 37 43 31 Smwht dissatisfied 31 16 39 35 26 36 Very dissatisfied 26 6 44 24 23 28 DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 1

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Very satisfied 5% 5% 4% 6% 7% Smwht satisfied 43 32 42 35 34 Smwht dissatisfied 26 33 28 33 35 Very dissatisfied 24 29 25 25 24 DK/NA 2 1 - 1 -



24. If you had to choose, which of the following issues will be most important to your vote for president the economy, the situation in Iraq, terrorism or health care?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Economy 35% 23% 36% 41% 39% 32% Iraq 19 15 27 18 17 22 Terrorism 24 44 12 21 25 23 Health care 17 14 20 15 16 17 DK/NA 5 3 6 5 4 6

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Economy 40% 37% 34% 33% 29% Iraq 18 19 33 17 22 Terrorism 27 20 25 26 24 Health care 9 19 4 20 21 DK/NA 6 5 4 4 4



25. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on health care, -- George W. Bush or John Kerry?
                                                                        MOST IMP
                                                                        ISSUE Q24
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     HealthCare 
                                                                                 
Bush                    31%     60%     10%     28%     35%     28%     24%      
Kerry                   56      24      83      58      55      57      61       
DK/NA                   13      16       7      13      10      16      15       


MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Bush 32% 23% 38% 31% 40% Kerry 51 63 49 58 51 DK/NA 17 14 13 11 9



26. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on the economy, -- George W. Bush or John Kerry?

                                                                        MOST IMP
                                                                        ISSUE Q24
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Econonomy
                                                                             
Bush                    39%     77%     10%     36%     45%     33%     32%  
Kerry                   53      16      84      54      48      57      59   
DK/NA                    9       7       6      10       8      10      10   


MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Bush 42% 30% 45% 39% 44% Kerry 48 61 47 53 48 DK/NA 10 9 8 8 9



27. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on the situation in Iraq, -- George W. Bush or John Kerry?

                                                                        MOST IMP
                                                                        ISSUE Q24
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Iraq
                                                                            
Bush                    44%     83%     12%     44%     50%     39%     30% 
Kerry                   46      11      78      46      42      50      65  
DK/NA                   10       6      10      10       8      11       5  


MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Bush 47% 38% 52% 44% 48% Kerry 40 54 41 48 43 DK/NA 13 8 7 8 9



28. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job on terrorism, -- George W. Bush or John Kerry?

                                                                        MOST IMP
                                                                        ISSUE Q24
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Terrorism
                                                                              
Bush                    48%     86%     19%     46%     54%     42%     74%   
Kerry                   41       8      69      42      37      44      17    
DK/NA                   11       6      13      12       8      14       9    


MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Bush 51% 41% 50% 49% 50% Kerry 34 48 36 42 40 DK/NA 15 11 14 9 10



29. Do you think going to war with Iraq was the right thing for the United States to do or the wrong thing?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Right thing 43% 75% 16% 44% 48% 38% Wrong thing 49 17 76 50 46 52 DK/NA 8 8 7 6 6 10

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Right thing 48% 33% 43% 43% 51% Wrong thing 44 57 46 50 42 DK/NA 8 9 11 7 6



30. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as: Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Excellent 1% 3% 1% 1% 2% 1% Good 36 62 16 36 43 30 Not so good 44 26 57 45 37 49 Poor 18 7 25 18 17 18 DK/NA 1 1 1 - 1 1

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Excellent 2% 1% - 2% 1% Good 39 32 41 34 38 Not so good 39 49 40 45 42 Poor 19 17 19 18 17 DK/NA - 1 1 2 1