September 21, 2000 - Lieberman Ahead 4 -1 In Connecticut Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Blumenthal Also Tops Republican Candidate 3 - 1
Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman has a 72 - 19 percent lead over his Republican challenger, Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano, among likely voters, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

Connecticut registered voters split 45 - 46 percent on whether they approve or disapprove of Sen. Lieberman running for reelection at the same time he is running for Vice President on the Democratic ticket.

And voters give Lieberman an 80 - 14 percent approval rating for the job he's doing as senator.

If Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal became the Democratic Senate candidate, he would top Giordano 64 - 19 percent among likely voters.

"Sen. Lieberman has broken all the job approval ratings records. He is the first elected official in Quinnipiac University's polls of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut to hit the 80 percent job approval mark," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz..

"Even with the dual candidacy issue, Mayor Giordano hasn't been able to make a dent in the huge Lieberman lead. Connecticut voters are divided over whether Lieberman should be running for both offices at the same time, but if he does, Connecticut voters will support him on election day."

"If Lieberman drops out of the Senate race, the Democrats will have no trouble finding a viable candidate: Attorney General Blumenthal would easily defeat Giordano, if he were the Democrat's choice to replace Lieberman," Schwartz added.

Lieberman has a 68 - 9 percent favorability rating, with 16 percent mixed and 7 percent saying they haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

Blumenthal's favorability is 55 - 7 percent, with 15 percent mixed and 22 percent saying they haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

Giordano has a negative 6 - 13 percent favorability, with 10 percent mixed and 68 percent saying they haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

By a 67 - 21 percent margin, voters approve of the job John Rowland is doing as Governor.

Sen. Christopher Dodd gets a 66 - 20 percent approval rating.

From September 13 - 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,154 Connecticut registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent, including 939 likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 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?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Approve 67% 84% 50% 69% 70% 64%

Disapprove 21 6 37 18 20 22

DK/NA 13 11 13 13 11 14



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 80% 68% 88% 82% 76% 83%

Disapprove 14 26 6 12 17 10

DK/NA 6 6 5 6 7 6



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 66% 46% 83% 66% 65% 67%

Disapprove 20 37 7 19 24 16

DK/NA 14 16 10 15 11 17



6. 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 23% 26% 25% 21% 21% 25%

Some 34 29 38 35 34 33

Only a little 31 33 26 33 32 30

None at all 12 12 11 11 12 12

DK/NA - - - - - -



7. Is your opinion of United States Senator Joseph Lieberman favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or Hvn't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Favorable 68% 50% 81% 70% 64% 72%

Unfavorable 9 19 3 7 12 6

Mixed 16 23 11 14 16 15

Hvn't hrd enough 7 7 5 8 8 6

REFUSED 1 1 - - 1 -



8. Is your opinion of Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or Hvn't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Favorable 6% 11% 2% 6% 9% 4%

Unfavorable 13 10 23 9 14 12

Mixed 10 10 11 10 10 10

Hvn't hrd enough 68 68 63 73 65 72

REFUSED 2 2 1 2 2 2



9a. 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 would you vote?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Lieberman 72% 42% 94% 75% 69% 75% Giordano 18 45 2 13 23 13

SMNE ELSE(VOL) 1 - - 1 1 - WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 1 2 2 2 DK/NA 8 10 3 9 5 10



9b. 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 would you vote?

                        ........  Likely Voters  ........
                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Lieberman 72% 41% 94% 76% 68% 76% Giordano 19 48 2 14 27 13

SMNE ELSE(VOL) 1 - - 1 1 - DK/NA 8 11 3 9 5 10



11. Regardless of how you intend to vote, do you expect Lieberman or Giordano to win the Senate election?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Lieberman 75% 66% 87% 73% 77% 72%

Giordano 8 13 4 8 10 7

DK/NA 17 21 9 19 13 20



45. How closely have you been following the news about Joseph Lieberman running for vice president and Senate at the same time? Very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, not closely at all?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very closely 30% 37% 34% 24% 32% 29%

Smwht closely 45 41 46 47 46 44

Not too closely 17 14 14 19 15 18

Not closely at all 8 8 6 9 7 8

DK/NA 1 - 1 1 - 1



46. Do you approve or disapprove of Lieberman running for Vice President and Senate at the same time?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Approve 45% 28% 56% 48% 43% 48%

Disapprove 46 66 36 43 51 41

DK/NA 9 7 8 9 6 11



47. Does Lieberman's running for Vice President and Senate at the same time make you more likely to vote for Lieberman for Senate, less likely to vote for Lieberman for Senate, or doesn't it affect your vote for Senate?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


More likely 8% 5% 11% 9% 7% 9%

Less likely 23 41 11 21 25 21

Dsn't affect vote 66 54 77 66 67 66

DK/NA 2 - 2 4 1 3



48. As you may know, if Lieberman wins his race for Senate and Vice President, he would have to resign his Senate seat. Some people say that Lieberman should not stay in the Senate race because he can not promise to serve if elected. How convincing do you find this argument against Lieberman staying in the Senate race. Very convincing, somewhat convincing, not very convincing, or not convincing at all?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very convincing 29% 40% 20% 30% 31% 28%

Smwht convincing 26 21 34 25 23 29

Nt very convincing 17 16 16 19 18 17

Nt convincing at all 24 22 27 22 25 23

DK/NA 3 1 3 4 2 4



49. Some people say that Lieberman should stay in the Senate race because it would be good for Connecticut to continue to be represented by Lieberman in the Senate if he and Al Gore lose their race for the White House. How convincing do you find this argument in favor of Lieberman staying in the Senate race. Very convincing, somewhat convincing, not very convincing, or not convincing at all?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very convincing 33% 21% 38% 36% 30% 35%

Smwht convincing 27 18 33 28 24 29

Nt very convincing 16 22 12 16 16 15

Nt convincing at all 22 38 15 17 26 18

DK/NA 3 1 2 3 3 2



50. As you may know, if Lieberman resigns from the Senate race before October 27, Connecticut's Democratic State Central Committee would pick a replacement. Some people say that the process would be unfair since a party committee instead of a primary would pick the Democratic candidate. How convincing do you find this argument in favor of Lieberman staying in the Senate race. Very convincing, somewhat convincing, not very convincing, or not convincing at all?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very convincing 17% 15% 20% 17% 15% 19%

Smwht convincing 30 18 36 32 27 32

Nt very convincing 21 27 20 18 22 20

Nt convincing at all 26 37 19 26 30 23

DK/NA 6 4 5 6 6 5



51. As you may know, if Lieberman wins both races and has to resign his Senate seat, Governor Rowland would be able to appoint his replacement until a special election is held in 2002. Some people say that this could lead to a situation in which Connecticut chooses a Democratic Senator in November, but has a Republican installed by appointment. How convincing do you find this argument against Lieberman staying in the Senate race. Very convincing, somewhat convincing, not very convincing, or not convincing at all?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Very convincing 26% 27% 30% 23% 25% 26%

Smwht convincing 28 23 31 30 27 29

Nt very convincing 19 20 20 18 17 22

Nt convincing at all 22 29 15 25 28 18

DK/NA 4 2 5 4 3 5



52. If Lieberman wins both races and Governor Rowland appoints a replacement to fill the senate seat, do you think that a special election for Senator should be held in 2002 or do you think a special election should be held sooner than that?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Held in 2002 27% 53% 13% 21% 32% 22%

Sooner 69 43 84 74 65 73

DK/NA 4 4 3 5 3 5



53. Is your opinion of State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or Hvn't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Favorable 55% 44% 61% 55% 53% 56%

Unfavorable 7 11 5 6 11 3

Mixed 15 22 12 14 15 15

Hvn't hrd enough 22 22 21 23 20 25

DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 1



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

                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Blumenthal 63% 41% 85% 61% 61% 65% Giordano 18 44 4 15 24 14

SMNE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 - 1 1 - WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 1 2 2 2 2 DK/NA 16 14 9 21 12 19



54. If the election for United States Senator from Connecticut this November ere being held today and the candidates were Richard Blumenthal the Democrat and Philip Giordano the Republican for whom would you would vote?

                        ........  Likely Voters  ........
                        Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Blumenthal 64% 38% 86% 64% 61% 67% Giordano 19 46 4 15 26 13

SMNE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 - 1 1 - DK/NA 16 16 10 20 11 19