April 13, 2000 - Gore Tops Bush In Connecticut For Tri-State Sweep Quinnipiac College Poll Finds; Voters Want Lieberman Re-Elected 3 - 1
Vice President Al Gore beats Texas Gov. George W. Bush 48 - 39 percent among Connecticut voters, according to a Quinnipiac College Poll released today. Recent Quinnipiac College polls show:
  • New Jersey voters back Gore over Bush 50 - 37 percent in a March 30 poll;
  • New York voters back Gore over Bush 53 - 36 percent in an April 6 poll.
When Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan is added to this latest Connecticut survey, Gore gets 47 percent, to 38 percent for Bush and 4 percent for Buchanan.

By a 62 - 21 percent margin, Connecticut voters want Sen. Joseph Lieberman re-elected. Even Republicans back the Democrat 53 - 32 percent.

If Sen. Lieberman ran as the Democratic vice presidential nominee, 26 percent of voters say they would be more likely to vote for the ticket, while 10 percent say they would be less likely to vote Democratic and 61 percent say it would not make a difference.

From April 5 - 10, Quinnipiac College surveyed 950 Connecticut registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent.

"Clearly, Bush was bloodied in his tough primary fight with McCain. He has lost his lead over Gore in both New Jersey and Connecticut, both battleground states. Bush's turn to the right appears to have hurt him with independents and Democrats in Connecticut," said Quinnipiac College Poll Director Douglas Schwartz. "Gore has solidified his lead with Democrats, and taken the lead with independents, a key voting bloc."

"And Sen. Lieberman looks unstoppable in his bid for reelection. Even Republicans would like to send him back to Washington," Schwartz added. "These same voters give Gov. Rowland a very impressive 66 - 23 percent approval rating."

By a 32 - 35 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of Gore, with 28 percent mixed and 4 percent saying they haven't heard enough to form an opinion. This is up from his negative 22 - 38 percent favorability rating in an October 13 poll by the independent Quinnipiac College.

Bush's favorability is a negative 27 - 40 percent, with 27 percent mixed and 5 percent saying they haven't heard enough to form an opinion, down from 39 - 24 percent October 13.

Looking at how Gore and Bush would handle different issues, Connecticut voters say:
  • 54 - 28 percent that Gore would do a better job on gun control;
  • 48 - 28 percent that Gore would do a better job on abortion;
  • 49 - 34 percent that Gore would do a better job on education;
  • 49 - 31 percent that Gore would do a better job on health care;
  • 46 - 33 percent that Gore would do a better job on Social Security;
  • 47 - 35 percent that Bush would do a better job on taxes;
  • 45 - 36 percent that Gore would do a better job on the economy;
  • 44 - 32 percent that Bush would do a better job on crime;
  • 50 - 32 percent that Gore would do a better job on foreign policy;
  • 59 - 23 percent that Gore would do a better job on poverty;
  • 63 - 20 percent that Gore would do a better job on the environment;
  • 51 - 24 percent that Gore would do a better job on race relations;
  • 31 - 29 percent, a tie, on who would do a better job on campaign finance reform.
"On almost every issue, especially those that voters care most about -- health care and education -- Connecticut voters prefer Gore over Bush," Schwartz said.

Thirty-two percent of voters list education as the most important problem facing the nation, followed by 26 percent who list healthcare costs.

The Quinnipiac College Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut 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 of Connecticut?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Approve 66% 78% 56% 66% 70% 62% Disapprove 23 15 33 21 24 23 DK/NA 11 6 11 13 7 15



2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as President?
                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Approve 58% 28% 83% 56% 58% 58% Disapprove 38 71 13 40 40 37 DK/NA 3 - 4 5 2 5



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 71% 67% 74% 71% 71% 72% Disapprove 14 21 13 12 18 11 DK/NA 14 12 13 17 12 17



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 63% 41% 79% 63% 61% 64% Disapprove 22 40 9 23 25 19 DK/NA 15 19 13 15 14 17



6. Would you like to see Joe Lieberman re-elected United States Senator, or would you like to see someone else elected Senator?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Yes/Lieberman 62% 53% 71% 61% 60% 65% No/someone else 21 32 14 20 24 18 DK/NA 16 15 15 18 15 17



7. 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 37% 39% 43% 32% 43% 31% Some 43 46 36 44 40 45 Only a little 18 13 17 21 15 21 None at all 3 2 3 3 2 3 DK/NA - - - - - -



8. Is your opinion of Al Gore favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Favorable 32% 8% 57% 26% 31% 32% Unfavorable 35 69 10 37 38 32 Mixed 28 21 28 31 26 30 Haven't hrd enough 4 2 4 5 4 5 REFUSED 1 - 1 2 1 1



9. 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 27% 58% 9% 26% 31% 24% Unfavorable 40 11 63 39 36 43 Mixed 27 27 22 29 26 27 Haven't hrd enough 5 4 5 5 5 5 REFUSED 1 - 1 2 1 1



10. Is your opinion of Pat Buchanan favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Favorable 5% 6% 4% 6% 6% 5% Unfavorable 61 56 69 59 69 54 Mixed 13 18 9 13 12 14 Haven't hrd enough 20 20 18 22 14 27 REFUSED - - - 1 - 1



11. If the election for President were being held today and the candidates were Al Gore the Democrat and George W. Bush the Republican for whom would you vote?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Al Gore 48% 10% 83% 44% 42% 53% George W. Bush 39 81 10 38 43 35 SOMEONE ELSE(VOL) 2 2 1 4 3 2 WOULDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 3 4 3 4 2 DK/NA 8 5 3 11 8 7



12. If the election for President were being held today and the candidates were Al Gore the Democrat, George W. Bush the Republican and Pat Buchanan the Reform Party candidate for whom would you vote?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Al Gore 47% 9% 81% 43% 42% 51% George W. Bush 38 80 10 36 42 34 Pat Buchanan 4 3 3 5 4 5 SOMEONE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 1 1 1 1 WOULDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 2 3 3 2 DK/NA 7 5 2 11 8 7



16. If Joe Lieberman were the Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate, would that make you more likely to vote for the Democratic ticket, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


More likely 26% 15% 35% 26% 25% 26% Less likely 10 16 7 9 11 8 Wouldn't make a diff. 61 69 54 61 61 61 DK/NA 4 1 5 4 3 5



19. Regardless of how you intend to vote, what are the things that you like most about Al Gore? (Columns percentages add up to more than 100% since up to 3 responses were allowed)
                                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Leadership Qualities 1% - 1% - - 1% Intelligent/Thoughtful/ Knowledgeable 5 2 6 5 6 5 Good Speaker 2 3 2 2 2 2 Clear on issues/Strong stand/ Believes in What he Does 1 - - 1 1 - Experience/Political Record 15 4 23 15 15 16

Support of technology/Internet 1 1 1 1 2 1

Agree on Issues/Policies(general) 4 - 6 4 4 3 Stand on Taxes 1 - 1 1 1 - Stand on Education 6 2 9 5 5 7 Stand on Abortion 4 3 7 3 2 6 Stand on Economy 3 1 6 3 4 2 Stand on Environment 13 9 20 12 15 12 Stand on Gun Control 2 1 3 1 1 2 Stand on Healthcare/Medicare 3 1 6 2 3 3 Stand on Campaign Finance 1 1 - 1 1 - Social Security 2 - 4 2 2 2 Union supporter 1 - 1 - 1 -

Honesty/Integrity/Straightforward 11 5 16 11 12 10 Morality/Ethics/ Family Values 6 4 8 7 3 10

Compassionate/Cares for People 2 1 3 1 2 2 Personality/Style/Charisma 4 3 4 3 3 4 Regular Guy/In Touch with the People/Down to Earth 1 - 1 1 - 1

Foreign Policy 1 1 2 1 1 1

Party 4 - 9 2 3 5 Political Philosophy 1 - 1 2 1 1

Best Choice of Those Running 1 - 2 2 1 2 Family Ties 1 2 1 2 1 2 Support of Clinton administration 3 2 4 3 2 3

Other 10 6 15 10 11 9 Don't know/No answer 39 64 18 41 40 38



20. Regardless of how you intend to vote, what are the things that you dislike most about Al Gore? (Columns percentages add up to more than 100% since up to 3 responses were allowed)

                                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Lack of Leadership Qualities 1% 1% 2% 1% 2% 1% Not Intelligent/Not Thoughtful/ Not Knowledgeable 1 2 - 1 1 1 Bad speaker/Dsn't Communicate well 2 - 4 1 2 1 Inconsistent, hypocritical on issues/Panders for votes/People pleaser 8 13 5 9 10 7 Weak, unclear on issues/Wishy- Washy/Vague/Indecisive 4 4 5 4 3 5 Boring/Stiff/Too reserved 5 2 7 5 5 4 Poor record 1 1 - 1 1 1 Lacking Exp./Political Record 1 1 - 1 1 1 Insider/ Typical Politician 1 1 1 1 2 1

Disagree on Issues/Policies(general) 3 4 1 3 3 2 Stand on Taxes 1 4 - 1 2 - Stand on Abortion 2 3 2 2 2 3 Stand on Environment 3 3 2 3 4 2 Stand on Gun Control 1 2 1 2 2 - Stand on Campaign Finance 1 2 1 1 1 1 Stand on Elian Gonzalez 3 1 4 2 2 4

Lacking Honesty/Integrity 13 24 6 13 14 11 Lacking Morality/Ethics/Family Values 1 2 - 1 1 -

Personality/Style/Charisma 6 5 9 5 5 7 Arrogant/Smug 1 1 1 1 - 1

Foreign Policy 1 - 1 1 - 1

Party 2 6 1 1 3 1 Political Philosophy 3 4 1 3 3 2 Represents concerns of the wealthy 1 - - 1 1 -

Not Qualified 1 1 - 1 - 1 Just Don't Like Him 3 4 1 3 2 3

Scandal(general) 1 - - 1 1 - Campaign Finance Scandal 7 6 8 9 6 9 Ties With Clinton 11 19 3 11 10 11

Other 10 10 11 10 11 10 Don't know/No answer 29 14 38 30 25 32



21. Regardless of how you intend to vote, what are the things that you like most about George W. Bush? (Columns percentages add up to more than 100% since up to 3 responses were allowed)

                                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Leadership Qualities 1% 2% - 1% 1% 1% Intelligent/Thoughtful/ Knowledgeable 1 2 - 1 1 1 Good Speaker 1 1 1 1 1 1 Clear on issues/Strong stand/ Believes in What he Does 1 2 1 2 1 2 Experience/Political Record 8 16 6 5 9 7 Not Insider Politician/Fresh Face 1 2 1 2 2 1

Agree on Issues/Policies(general) 5 11 1 5 6 3 Stand on Taxes 4 9 2 3 6 2 Stand on Education 4 7 3 4 5 4 Stand on Abortion 3 6 3 2 3 3 Stand on Economy 1 3 - 1 2 - Stand on Gun Control 1 2 - 1 1 - Stand on Crime/Death Penalty 2 1 2 2 3 1 Stand on Healthcare/Medicare 1 - - 1 - 1 Stand on Campaign Finance 1 - - 1 1 -

Honesty/Integrity/Straightforward 11 19 4 12 11 11 Morality/Ethics/ Family Values 5 9 2 4 3 6

Personality/Style/Charisma 5 4 7 5 5 6 Regular Guy/In Touch with the People/Down to Earth 2 3 2 1 1 2

Foreign Policy 1 1 - 1 1 -

Party 5 17 1 3 6 4 Political Philosophy 4 10 1 4 6 2

Best Choice of Those Running 2 3 - 2 1 2 Family Ties 8 13 6 7 6 10

Other 12 14 6 14 14 9 Don't know/No answer 44 12 63 48 39 49



22. Regardless of how you intend to vote, what are the things that you dislike most about George W. Bush? (Columns percentages add up to more than 100% since up to 3 responses were allowed)

                                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Lack of Leadership Qualities 1% - 1% 1% - 1% Not Intelligent/Not Thoughtful/ Not Knowledgeable 5 5 6 6 6 5 Bad speaker/Dsn't Communicate well 3 5 2 2 3 2 Inconsistent, hypocritical on issues/Panders for votes 3 2 3 3 3 2 Weak, unclear on issues/Wishy- Washy/Vague/Indecisive 5 9 2 6 6 5 Poor record 1 - - 1 1 - Lacking Exp./Political Record 5 4 7 4 5 5 Insider/ Typical Politician 1 1 - 1 1 1

Disagree on Issues/Policies(general) 3 1 6 2 3 3 Stand on Taxes 2 - 3 1 3 1 Stand on Education 2 1 4 1 2 2 Stand on Abortion 6 6 7 5 4 8 Stand on Environment 2 1 2 2 2 1 Stand on Gun Control 2 1 4 2 2 2 Stand on Crime/Death Penalty 3 2 3 2 3 3 Stand on Healthcare/Medicare 1 1 1 1 1 - Stand on Campaign Finance 1 - - 1 1 - Stand on Race Relations/Civil Rights 1 - 1 - 1 - Social Security 1 1 2 - 1 -

Lacking Honesty/Integrity 7 3 7 8 7 7 Not Compassionate/Doesn't cares about people 1 1 1 1 1 1

Personality/Style/Charisma 6 4 8 6 6 7 Arrogant/Smug 4 2 3 6 3 5

Foreign Policy 1 - 2 1 1 1 Knowledge of Foreign Policy 3 4 3 3 3 4

Party 3 - 6 2 3 3 Political Philosophy 2 2 4 2 1 3 Affiliation with Religious Right 1 - 1 2 1 1 Represents concerns of the wealthy 3 - 6 2 2 4

Not Qualified 1 1 2 1 2 1 Just Don't Like Him 1 - 1 2 1 1 Drug/Alcohol issues of the past 2 2 2 2 2 2 Brought religion into campaign 1 - 1 1 1 -

Family Ties 6 2 6 7 7 5 Things come too easily/Too wealthy/Spoiled 5 4 7 5 6 5

Raised Too much Money 1 - 1 2 1 1 Negative Campaigning 3 3 2 4 3 3 Other 11 11 11 10 12 10 Don't know/No answer 30 40 22 31 27 32



23. What do you think are the most important problems or issues facing the country that you want the next President to concentrate on? (Columns percentages add up to more than 100% since up to 3 responses were allowed)

                                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Crime/Violence 5% 6% 5% 4% 4% 6% Drugs 4 2 5 4 4 4 Guns/Gun control 9 6 11 9 8 10

Minimum wage 1 - 1 1 - 1 Economy 14 13 12 16 18 10 Unemployment/Jobs 3 2 4 3 3 3 Cities/Urban decay 1 1 1 - 1 -

Trade issues/NAFTA 1 1 2 1 2 1

Taxes 12 18 5 13 15 9 Federal income tax 1 1 - 1 1 1 Budget/Deficit 4 6 4 3 5 3 Government spending 1 1 1 1 - 1 Spending priorities 1 - 1 1 1 -

Poverty/Homelessness 5 4 5 4 4 6 Welfare 3 6 3 3 3 4 Class inequality/Income disparity 1 1 3 1 1 1 Immigration 1 - 1 2 1 1

Lack of ethics/Morality/ Responsibility 2 4 - 2 2 2 Family breakdown/Family values 1 1 1 2 1 2 Child abuse/Neglect 1 1 - 1 - 1 Children's issues 2 1 3 2 1 4

Healthcare/Costs/Insurance/HMOs 26 19 29 27 21 31 Medicare 7 6 6 8 6 8 Abortion 4 6 4 4 3 5

Social Security 16 13 20 14 17 16 Elderly 4 2 3 5 3 6

Education 32 32 36 29 26 39 Funding public schools 1 1 2 - 1 1 Violence in schools 2 1 3 1 1 2

Environment/Pollution 7 3 10 7 7 6 War/Peace/Nuclear threat 2 - 3 2 2 1

Racism/Race relations 2 - 4 2 1 3

Energy problems/Gas prices 4 4 4 5 6 3

National concerns before foreign concerns 3 3 2 5 3 4 Politicians/Government 1 1 1 1 2 - Political corruption 1 1 - - 1 - Foreign policy 13 19 11 13 17 10 National defense 5 12 2 4 6 4 Campaign finance reform 3 2 4 4 4 3

Other 11 13 7 13 10 12 Don't know/No answer 5 4 5 7 4 6



24. Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on gun control?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Gore 54% 28% 77% 52% 51% 57% Bush 28 53 13 26 33 23 SAME/NO DIFFERENCE 6 7 3 7 6 5 DK/NA 12 13 7 15 10 15



25. Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on abortion?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Gore 48% 22% 68% 48% 47% 48% Bush 28 56 13 25 28 28 SAME/NO DIFFERENCE 6 4 4 8 6 6 DK/NA 18 18 15 19 19 18

26. Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on education?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Gore 49% 22% 73% 46% 48% 50% Bush 34 63 13 34 37 30 SAME/NO DIFFERENCE 7 6 6 8 7 8 DK/NA 10 9 7 11 8 11



27. Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on health care?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Gore 49% 16% 76% 47% 46% 51% Bush 31 63 10 29 35 26 SAME/NO DIFFERENCE 7 8 3 8 7 7 DK/NA 14 13 11 16 11 17



28. Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on Social Security?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Gore 46% 17% 70% 43% 46% 45% Bush 33 62 13 33 36 30 SAME/NO DIFFERENCE 7 8 6 7 7 7 DK/NA 14 13 11 17 11 18



29. Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on taxes?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Gore 35% 9% 60% 31% 31% 38% Bush 47 81 25 46 54 40 SAME/NO DIFFERENCE 6 3 3 8 6 6 DK/NA 12 6 12 15 8 16



30. Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on the economy?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Gore 45% 13% 74% 42% 42% 48% Bush 36 69 12 35 41 31 SAME/NO DIFFERENCE 7 9 4 9 7 7 DK/NA 12 9 9 14 10 13



31. Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on crime?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Gore 32% 10% 53% 30% 28% 36% Bush 44 73 24 42 51 36 SAME/NO DIFFERENCE 10 5 7 13 9 10 DK/NA 15 12 15 15 12 18



32. Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on foreign affairs?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Gore 50% 28% 71% 46% 50% 50% Bush 32 59 15 31 36 29 SAME/NO DIFFERENCE 6 6 3 8 5 7 DK/NA 12 6 11 15 9 14



33. Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on poverty?
                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Gore 59% 39% 79% 56% 60% 59% Bush 23 45 8 23 25 22 SAME/NO DIFFERENCE 7 7 5 8 6 8 DK/NA 10 8 8 13 9 11



34. Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on the environment?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Gore 63% 49% 79% 60% 66% 60% Bush 20 37 8 19 21 18 SAME/NO DIFFERENCE 6 7 5 6 5 7 DK/NA 11 7 9 15 8 15



35. Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on race relations?
                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Gore 51% 26% 70% 49% 51% 50% Bush 24 48 9 23 25 23 SAME/NO DIFFERENCE 12 14 10 13 12 12 DK/NA 13 12 12 15 12 15



36. Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on campaign finance reform?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Gore 31% 13% 49% 27% 31% 31% Bush 29 52 15 29 31 28 SAME/NO DIFFERENCE 19 20 17 21 21 18 DK/NA 20 14 19 23 17 23



Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on...? (Mentioned as 'most important problem or issue" on Q23)

                   Mentioned as 'most important problem or issue' (Q23)


Guns/Gun Health Social Foreign Control Educ Care Security Taxes Economy Affairs Gore 69% 53% 58% 56% 18% 50% 42% Bush 20 31 22 30 70 33 46 SAME/NO DIFF 4 7 5 5 4 5 5 DK/NA 7 9 14 8 8 12 7