July 20, 2000 - Connecticut Voters Feel Gas Pinch, But Keep Rolling, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Lieberman Buries Giordano 5 - 1 In Senate Race
Connecticut voters are feeling the impact of the rise in gas prices, but they expect the problem to ease up, and by a 66 - 33 percent margin they say they have no plans to cut back on summer driving, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

Asked if the rise in gas prices has had an impact on them or their families, 27 percent say "a great deal," while 38 percent say "some impact" and 35 percent say "not much."

Only 17 percent of Connecticut voters expect even higher gas prices in the next month, while 35 percent expect lower prices and 47 percent say prices will be about the same.

Asked who is most responsible for the increase in gasoline prices:
  • 33 percent blame the oil companies;
  • 35 percent blame the oil-producing nations;
  • 19 percent blame the federal government;
  • 8 percent blame American consumers.
"Connecticut voters are feeling the impact of rising gas prices, but they haven't connected this problem to the political process. Despite the media coverage of this issue, only 3 percent mentioned gas prices as the most important problem or issue they want the next President to address," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.

"Neither political candidate appears to have the edge on this issue, as voters split 33 - 33 percent on whether Vice President Al Gore or Texas Gov. George W. Bush would do a better job on gas prices," Schwartz added.

Asked how much a President can do to reduce gas prices, 33 percent say "a lot," while 38 percent say "some" and 28 percent say "only a little," or "nothing at all." Senate Race

Democratic incumbent Joseph Lieberman has a staggering 71 - 14 percent lead over Waterbury mayor Philip Giordano, his Republican challenger in the U.S. Senate race.

Sen. Lieberman also enjoys a 74 - 15 percent approval rating, the sixth straight poll where Lieberman has topped 70 percent. This is the longest, highest performance by any statewide official in Quinnipiac University polls of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.

Gov. John Rowland has a 68 - 23 percent approval rating, while Sen. Christopher Dodd has a 64 - 24 percent approval.

By a 56 - 8 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of Lieberman, with 18 percent mixed and 17 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

Giordano's favorability is a negative 4 - 12 percent with 6 percent mixed and 76 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

"Connecticut voters are saying `Philip who?' With less than 4 months until election day, less than a quarter of voters know enough about Republican Senate candidate Philip Giordano to express an opinion about him," Schwartz said.

"Giordano's name recognition should improve after Labor Day, however, he still will face an uphill battle to unseat the incredibly popular Sen. Lieberman.

From July 12 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,006 Connecticut registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.

The Quinnipiac University 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? *Gen X(born after 1964) *Baby boomers(born 1946-1964) *Matures(born before 1946)
                                                              Baby
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom  *GenX *Bmrs *Matures


Approve 68% 82% 55% 68% 71% 65% 71% 66% 70%

Disapprove 23 9 35 23 20 25 14 25 24

DK/NA 10 9 9 10 9 10 15 9 6



3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                              Baby
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   GenX  Bmrs  Matures


Approve 74% 64% 80% 77% 73% 74% 70% 74% 76%

Disapprove 15 24 9 13 18 13 11 17 13

DK/NA 11 12 11 10 9 13 19 9 10



4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                              Baby
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   GenX  Bmrs  Matures


Approve 64% 50% 81% 64% 63% 65% 72% 64% 63%

Disapprove 24 38 9 24 27 21 11 25 28

DK/NA 12 12 10 12 10 14 17 12 9



6. Is your opinion of United States Senator Joseph Lieberman favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                              Baby
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   GenX  Bmrs  Matures


Favorable 56% 47% 63% 58% 57% 55% 39% 56% 65%

Unfavorable 8 15 4 6 9 7 4 10 8

Mixed 18 25 14 17 19 17 18 20 16

Hvn't hrd enough 17 13 18 18 14 19 38 14 10

REFUSED 1 - - 1 1 1 1 1 1



7. Is your opinion of Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                              Baby
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   GenX  Bmrs  Matures


Favorable 4% 5% 3% 4% 5% 3% 5% 3% 3%

Unfavorable 12 11 13 12 13 11 7 15 11

Mixed 6 9 4 6 6 7 10 7 4

Hvn't hrd enough 76 72 79 77 73 78 77 73 79

REFUSED 2 3 - 1 2 1 1 1 2



8. If the election for United States Senator from Connecticut this November were being held today and the candidates were Joseph Lieberman the Democrat and Philip Giordano the Republican for whom you would vote?

                                                              Baby
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   GenX  Bmrs  Matures


Lieberman 71% 51% 90% 72% 70% 72% 62% 74% 76% Giordano 14 33 2 11 17 12 15 13 14

SMNE ELSE(VOL) 1 - - 1 1 - 2 - 0 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 1 3 2 3 4 2 1 DK/NA 12 14 6 12 11 13 17 10 9



51. Who do you think is most responsible for the increase in gas prices; the oil companies, the oil-producing nations, the federal government or American consumers?
                                                              Baby
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   GenX  Bmrs  Matures


Oil companies 33% 28% 35% 33% 36% 30% 29% 36% 30%

Oil-producing nations 35 35 35 35 31 38 31 35 37

Federal gov 19 23 14 19 18 20 29 17 16

American consumers 8 9 11 6 10 6 6 9 8

OTHER(VOL) 1 - - 2 2 1 1 1 2

DK/NA 5 6 4 4 3 6 5 2 7



52. Looking ahead to one month from now, do you think gas prices at that time will be - higher than they are today, about the same, or lower than they are today?
                                                              Baby
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   GenX  Bmrs  Matures


Higher 17% 13% 20% 16% 17% 17% 23% 19% 12%

Lower 35 41 33 33 39 31 24 34 41

About the same 47 45 44 49 43 50 53 45 45

DK/NA 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 2



53. How much of an impact has the recent rise in gas prices had on you and your family - a great deal, some, or not much?
                                                              Baby
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   GenX  Bmrs  Matures


Great deal 27% 22% 31% 27% 24% 29% 38% 27% 21%

Some 38 40 35 37 39 37 37 40 35

Not much 35 38 33 35 37 34 24 33 43

DK/NA - - - - - 1 1 - 1



54. Will the price of gas cause you to drive less than you might have otherwise this summer, or not?
                                                              Baby
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   GenX  Bmrs  Matures


Yes/Will drive less 33% 30% 33% 35% 30% 36% 36% 31% 33%

No/Will not drive less 66 70 66 64 70 63 64 69 66

DK/NA 1 - 1 1 - 1 - - 1

55. How much do you think a President can do to reduce the price of gas? A lot, some, only a little, or nothing at all?
                                                              Baby
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   GenX  Bmrs  Matures


A lot 33% 35% 29% 31% 33% 33% 32% 32% 33%

Some 38 35 43 39 34 41 42 40 35

Only a little 22 22 22 22 25 19 21 21 23

Nothing at all 6 7 3 7 7 4 5 6 6

DK/NA 2 - 3 1 1 2 - 1 3



44. Do you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job on gas prices?
                                                              Baby
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom   GenX  Bmrs  Matures


Gore 33% 12% 55% 32% 32% 33% 38% 34% 28%

Bush 33 63 16 27 37 30 30 36 33

SAME/NO DIF 19 14 18 21 19 19 15 17 22

DK/NA 15 12 11 19 11 19 16 14 17