February 14, 2002 - Connecticut Voters Take Bite From Gov's Valentine In Latest Quinnipiac University Poll: Rowland Still Has High Approval, Big Lead
Connecticut Gov. John Rowland's approval rating has slipped but the incumbent Republican still enjoys a 65 - 21 percent rating, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. This is down from a record-high 78 - 14 percent approval rating in a December 19, 2001 poll by the independent Quinnipiac University.

If the November, 2002, governor's election were held today:
  • Gov. Rowland tops former State Comptroller Bill Curry 57 - 26 percent, down from the 63 - 20 percent lead December 19;
  • Rowland beats State Senate Majority Leader George Jepsen 59 - 22 percent, down from 64 - 17 percent.
From February 8 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,217 Connecticut registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent. The survey includes 422 registered Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percent.

"Despite Connecticut's economic problems, Gov. Rowland continues to be very popular. After his job approval rating soared to a record high of 78 percent in our December poll, his approval rating had nowhere else to go but down. It now stands at 65 percent, which is about where Rowland has been over the last five years. Any sitting governor would be pleased starting off an election year with a 65 percent job approval rating," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.

Among Connecticut registered Democratic voters, Curry leads Jepsen 32 - 14 percent, with 48 percent undecided, little change from the December 19 Quinnipiac University poll.

"On the Democratic side, Curry enjoys an edge, but with 48 percent undecided, Jepsen certainly has a shot. Will the Democrats unite behind one candidate or will this be a bruising battle which could help Rowland even more?," Dr. Schwartz said.

Eleven percent of Connecticut voters are "very satisfied" with the way things are going in the state, while 63 percent are "somewhat satisfied;" 21 percent are "somewhat dissatisfied," and 5 percent are "very dissatisfied." Under Rowland, things in Connecticut have gotten better, 42 percent of voters say, while 11 percent say they've gotten worse and 40 percent say they've stayed the same.

Rowland's favorability is 50 - 14 percent among registered voters, with 23 percent mixed and 13 percent saying they haven't heard enough to form an opinion. Favorability ratings among potential challengers are:
                 Favorable     Unfavorable     Mixed     No Opinion
Bill Curry          10%            9%           12%         68%
George Jepsen        6             5            11          78 

Looking at Rowland's character traits, voters say:
  • 77 - 13 percent that he gets things done;
  • 73 - 17 percent that he has a likable personality;
  • 79 - 14 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
  • 65 - 21 percent that he is honest and trustworthy;
  • 58 - 32 percent that he cares about the needs and problems of "people like you;"
  • 72 - 12 percent that he works well with other politicians;
  • 50 - 36 percent that he shares their views on issues "important to you."
The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the nation as a public service and for research. For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Rowland is handling his job as Governor?
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 65% 87% 49% 64% 67% 62% Disapprove 21 7 32 20 20 21 DK/NA 14 6 19 16 12 17



2a. (If "approve" Q1) What is the main reason why you approve of the way John Rowland is handling his job as Governor?

                          "APPROVE" Q1...............................
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Handling budget: 13% 19% 9% 8% 16% 9% Handling budget(general) 6 8 6 3 8 4 Fiscally responsible 6 10 3 5 7 5 Spending priorities 1 1 - - 1 -

Tax policies: 3 4 2 3 5 1 Tax policy (general) 2 3 1 3 3 1 Hasn't raised taxes 1 1 1 - 2 -

Handling economy: 9 7 12 9 11 7 Economy (general) 7 6 10 6 9 5 Helping cities 2 1 2 3 2 2

Political philosophy: 4 8 1 2 5 2 Republican 2 4 - 1 2 1 Non-partisan 1 2 1 1 2 1 Conservative 1 2 - - 1 -

Doing a good job 16 14 14 18 16 16

Leadership qualities: 11 10 9 14 10 12 Good leadership(general) 2 1 2 3 3 1 Good decision maker/ Good judgement 8 8 5 10 6 10 Strong/Decisive 1 1 2 1 1 1

Experience 1 - - 1 1 -

Hasn't done anything wrong 5 4 5 6 4 6

Honest/Straight forward 3 5 3 3 3 4

Cares about Ct/ People in Ct 3 3 3 2 2 4

Handling of non-economic issues: 9 10 6 11 10 8 Handling issues(general) 3 3 2 3 3 2 Handling of education 2 4 1 2 2 3 Universities in CT 1 1 - 1 1 1 Handling 9/11 issues 1 1 - 2 1 1 Handling issues other 2 1 3 3 3 1

Other 6 4 10 5 4 8

DK/NA 17 13 23 18 13 21



2b. (If "disapprove" q1) What is the main reason why you disapprove of the way John Rowland is handling his job as Governor?

                          "DISAPPROVE" Q1...
                          Tot    Men     Wom


Handling budget: 32% 37% 29% Handling budget(general) 13 14 13 Budget deficit 14 17 12 Spending priorities 5 6 4

Taxes: 11 13 10 Tax policies(general) 6 7 5 Taxes too high 4 4 4 Cigarette tax 1 2 1

Handling economy: 5 6 5 Economy(general) 2 4 1 Cutting jobs 1 1 1 Not helping cities/ Mishandling city issues 2 1 3

Not doing a good job 4 5 3

Republican 2 1 3

Political corruption under his administration 1 2 -

Doesn't keep promises 2 3 1 Can't trust him 3 2 4

Doesn't support state employees 2 2 1

Not helping middle class 1 - 1 Not helping poor 2 1 3 Only Cares about the rich 1 - 2 Doesn't cares about Ct/People in Ct 4 2 7

Arrogant 1 1 1

Handling of non-economic issues: 14 12 15 Handling issues(general) 1 1 1 Handling of education 7 7 7 The elderly 1 - 1 Abortion 1 1 1 Health care 2 1 3 Handling issues other 2 2 2

Other 12 12 11 DK/NA 3 2 4



3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 79% 95% 65% 78% 80% 77% Disapprove 16 4 28 15 15 16 DK/NA 6 1 7 7 4 7



4. 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 64% 52% 74% 65% 63% 65% Disapprove 21 35 12 18 24 18 DK/NA 15 13 14 16 14 17



5. 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 52% 41% 66% 51% 49% 55% Disapprove 17 29 6 17 23 12 DK/NA 31 31 28 33 28 34



6. How much attention have you been paying to the campaign for Governor? A lot, some, only a little, or none at all?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


A lot 9% 13% 9% 7% 10% 8% Some 28 26 26 30 28 27 Only a little 41 42 41 41 39 42 None at all 21 18 24 21 21 21 DK/NA - 1 - 1 - 1



7. Is your opinion of Governor John Rowland favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 50% 78% 27% 49% 56% 45% Unfavorable 14 4 23 12 14 13 Mixed 23 13 31 25 20 26 Hvn't hrd enough 13 6 18 13 10 15 REFUSED 1 - 1 - - 1



8. Is your opinion of former State Comptroller Bill Curry favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 10% 7% 14% 9% 13% 7% Unfavorable 9 14 6 9 13 6 Mixed 12 11 12 12 11 13 Hvn't hrd enough 68 67 67 70 63 73 REFUSED 1 1 - - 1 -



9. Is your opinion of State Senate Majority Leader George Jepsen favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 6% 2% 9% 6% 7% 5% Unfavorable 5 7 4 4 7 3 Mixed 11 12 8 11 12 10 Hvn't hrd enough 78 77 79 79 74 81 REFUSED 1 1 - - - 1



10. If the election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were Bill Curry the Democrat and John Rowland the Republican for whom would you vote?
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Curry 26% 5% 52% 21% 25% 26% Rowland 57 87 31 59 61 54

SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - - 2 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 1 1 1 2 1 DK/NA 15 7 15 17 11 18



10. If the election for Governor were being held today and the candidates were George Jepsen the Democrat and John Rowland the Republican for whom would you vote?
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Jepsen 22% 4% 49% 18% 21% 24% Rowland 59 86 32 62 64 55

SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - 1 2 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 2 1 2 2 DK/NA 15 8 16 18 12 18



11. (If registered Democrat) If the Democratic Primary for Governor were being held today and the candidates were George Jepsen and Bill Curry for whom would you vote?
                          Registered
                          Democrats


Jepsen 14% Curry 32

SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 6 DK/NA 48



12. 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 11% 20% 6% 9% 12% 10% Smwht satisfied 63 67 58 66 64 62 Smwht dissatisfied 21 11 26 21 18 23 Very dissatisfied 5 1 9 3 5 5 DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 1



13. Since John Rowland became Governor in January 1995, do you feel that things in Connecticut have gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same?
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Gotten better 42% 57% 29% 40% 48% 36% Gotten worse 11 6 17 11 10 13 Stayed about the same 40 31 47 42 36 43 DK/NA 7 6 7 7 5 9



14. Would you say that John Rowland -- can get things done or not?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 77% 86% 69% 78% 77% 78% No 13 6 19 13 15 12 DK/NA 9 8 11 9 8 10



15. Would you say that John Rowland -- has a likable personality or not?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 73% 85% 62% 73% 73% 73% No 17 8 27 16 18 17 DK/NA 10 7 12 10 10 10



16. Would you say that John Rowland -- has strong leadership qualities or not?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 79% 90% 73% 77% 79% 79% No 14 6 20 14 15 13 DK/NA 7 4 7 9 6 9



17. Would you say that John Rowland -- is honest and trustworthy or not?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 65% 80% 53% 65% 66% 63% No 21 10 33 19 21 21 DK/NA 14 10 14 16 12 16



18. Would you say that John Rowland -- cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 58% 78% 41% 59% 62% 55% No 32 15 48 31 30 33 DK/NA 10 6 11 10 8 12



19. Would you say that John Rowland -- works well with other political leaders or not?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 72% 79% 64% 73% 73% 71% No 12 6 19 11 11 13 DK/NA 16 15 17 17 16 17



20. Would you say that John Rowland -- shares your views on issues that are important to you or not?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 50% 74% 34% 49% 53% 48% No 36 16 53 36 35 37 DK/NA 14 10 13 15 12 15



21. Do you think of John Rowland more as a liberal, moderate, or conservative?
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Liberal 10% 10% 10% 11% 10% 11% Moderate 45 54 36 47 46 45 Conservative 33 30 42 30 36 31 DK/NA 11 6 11 12 8 13



22. Do you think John Rowland is too liberal, too conservative, or about right?
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Too liberal 7% 8% 6% 6% 8% 6% Too conservative 22 5 39 21 22 21 About right 60 79 41 62 60 59 DK/NA 12 8 14 11 10 14