June 25, 1998 - Clinton Approval Is 2 - 1 Connecticut, Quinnipiac College Poll Finds; Voters Say Flag Burning Should Be Illegal, But...
Connecticut voters approve of the job President Clinton is doing 64 - 32 percent, but split 44 - 47 percent on their approval of how Congress is doing its job, according to a Quinnipiac College Poll released today.

Burning or destroying the American flag as a political protest should be illegal, Connecticut voters say 71 - 26 percent. Voters are split, however, on whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended to outlaw destruction of the flag for political reasons. Only 48 percent support a Constitutional Amendment, while 20 percent would like flag burning to be illegal, but don't support an amendment, with 3 percent undecided and the same 26 percent saying flag burning should be legal.

While a proposed Constitutional Amendment is being considered by the U.S. Congress, 55 percent of voters say an elected official's position on flag-burning would not influence their decision on election day. Twenty-one percent say they would be more likely to vote for someone who supports the amendment and 22 percent say they would be less likely.

"While a solid majority of Connecticut voters would like to make destroying the American flag illegal, many of those same voters do not want to change the U.S. Constitution to ban flag burning," said Quinnipiac College Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.

U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman's approval rating remains above 4 - 1 levels, 68 - 16 percent, while Sen. Christopher Dodd's approval is 61 - 27 percent, similar to findings of February 19 and April 2 polls by the independent Quinnipiac College

In his reelection bid, Sen. Dodd holds a 62 - 23 percent lead over his likely Republican challenger, former U.S. Rep Gary Franks. There has been no movement in this race.

By an 81 - 17 percent margin, Connecticut voters say they usually split their ticket, voting for candidates of different parties.

"Connecticut voters' willingness to support both Democrats and Republicans can be seen in the high approval ratings they give Republican Gov. John Rowland, 69 - 23 percent, and their two Democratic U.S. Senators," Schwartz said.

"These same voters support Rowland over his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Barbara Kennelly, 56 - 32 percent, while they back Democrat Dodd over Franks 62 - 23 percent.

"And despite the barrage of negative publicity, they give Clinton a 2 -1 approval rating, something they deny the Republican-controlled Congress."

By a 49 - 8 percent margin, Connecticut voters have a favorable opinion of Lieberman, with 19 percent mixed and 24 percent saying they don't know enough to form an opinion. Favorability for other leaders is:
                        Favorable  Unfavorable  Mixed  No Opinion
Dodd                    42         21           22     15
Franks                  12         23           15     50


"Gary Franks' problem is more than just a lack of name recognition. His negatives outnumber his positives 2 - 1. Even Republicans are divided in their opinion of him," Schwartz said.

From June 16 - 22, Quinnipiac College surveyed 1,088 Connecticut residents who say they are registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. The Quinnipiac College Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research.

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

                            Party Identification    Age.........................


Tot Rep Dem Ind 18-29 30-44 45-64 65 + Approve 68% 64% 75% 66% 52% 65% 74% 72% Disapprove 16 23 10 16 21 15 15 15 DK/NA 16 12 15 18 27 19 11 13

Apr 2 1998 Approve 69% Disapprove 16 DK/NA 15



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

                            Party Identification   Age.........................


Tot Rep Dem Ind 18-29 30-44 45-64 65 +

Approve 61% 44% 82% 56% 64% 61% 61% 63%

Disapprove 27 47 10 29 14 25 30 32

DK/NA 11 9 8 15 23 14 8 6

Apr 2 1998 Approve 60% Disapprove 27 DK/NA 13



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

                            Party Identification   Age.........................


Tot Rep Dem Ind 18-29 30-44 45-64 65 +

Favorable 49% 43% 57% 47% 27% 44% 57% 58%

Unfavorable 8 10 4 9 5 8 8 8

Mixed 19 23 16 19 14 17 20 22

Hvn't hrd enough 24 24 23 25 55 32 14 12

REFUSED - - - - - - 1 -

Apr 2 1998 Favorable 54% Unfavorable 9 Mixed 18 Hvn't hrd enough 19 REFUSED -



31. Is your opinion of United States Senator Christopher Dodd favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                            Party Identification   Age.........................


Tot Rep Dem Ind 18-29 30-44 45-64 65 +

Favorable 42% 21% 64% 39% 38% 35% 47% 50%

Unfavorable 21 39 6 22 9 18 25 25

Mixed 22 28 17 21 19 27 20 18

Hvn't hrd enough 15 12 13 18 34 20 8 7

REFUSED - - - - - - - -

Apr 2 1998 Favorable 45% Unfavorable 20 Mixed 19 Hvn't hrd enough 15 REFUSED -



32. Is your opinion of former United States Representative Gary Franks favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                            Party Identification   Age.........................


Tot Rep Dem Ind 18-29 30-44 45-64 65 +

Favorable 12% 19% 8% 12% 13% 12% 12% 14%

Unfavorable 23 18 30 20 6 21 28 26

Mixed 15 15 14 16 14 15 17 14

Hvn't hrd enough 50 48 48 52 67 52 43 46

REFUSED - - - 1 - - 1 -

Apr 2 1998 Favorable 13% Unfavorable 21 Mixed 12 Hvn't hrd enough 52 REFUSED 1



33. If the 1998 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Christopher Dodd the Democrat, and Gary Franks the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                            Party Identification   Age.........................


Tot Rep Dem Ind 18-29 30-44 45-64 65 +

Dodd/Democrat 62% 35% 91% 58% 63% 62% 63% 62%

Franks/Republican 23 48 5 22 20 25 23 22

SOMEONE ELSE(VOL) 2 5 1 2 2 2 2 5

WOULDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 3 1 4 2 3 4 3

DK/NA 9 9 2 13 13 8 7 9

Apr 2 1998 Dodd/Democrat 60% Franks/Republican 24 SOMEONE ELSE(VOL) 2 WOULDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 DK/NA 11



35. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as President?

                            Party Identification   Age.........................


Tot Rep Dem Ind 18-29 30-44 45-64 65 +

Approve 64% 38% 87% 62% 68% 63% 64% 63%

Disapprove 32 58 11 32 29 32 34 30

DK/NA 5 5 2 6 3 4 2 7

Apr 1 1998 Approve 64% Disapprove 34 DK/NA 2



36. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the United States Congress is handling its job?

                            Party Identification   Age.........................
 
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind    18-29  30-44   45-64    65 +


Approve 44% 53% 43% 39% 56% 49% 41% 33%

Disapprove 47 37 48 52 42 45 50 49

DK/NA 9 10 9 8 2 6 9 18



37. When voting in elections do you typically vote a "straight ticket", that is vote for candidates of the same party, or do you typically "split your ticket", that is vote for candidates from different parties?

                            Party Identification   Age.........................


Tot Rep Dem Ind 18-29 30-44 45-64 65 +

Straight ticket 17% 21% 24% 8% 28% 18% 11% 19%

Split 81 77 73 90 63 82 89 80

DK/NA 2 1 3 2 9 1 1 2



38. Should burning or destroying the American flag as a form of political protest be legal or should it be against the law?

                            Party Identification   Age.........................


Tot Rep Dem Ind 18-29 30-44 45-64 65 +

Legal 26% 15% 34% 25% 33% 27% 29% 12%

Illegal 71 83 63 69 67 70 66 82

DK/NA 4 2 4 5 - 3 5 6



39. If the only way to make flag destruction illegal was to change the Constitution, would you favor or oppose a Constitutional amendment making it illegal to destroy the flag for political reasons?

                            Party Identification   Age.........................


Tot Rep Dem Ind 18-29 30-44 45-64 65 +

Favor 48% 56% 39% 49% 42% 51% 42% 54%

Oppose 20 25 20 18 23 17 22 23

DK/NA 3 2 4 2 2 3 2 5

Legal in Q38 26 15 34 25 33 27 29 12



40. If a candidate for the House of Representatives or the United States Senate supported a Constitutional amendment making it illegal to destroy the flag for political reasons, would that make you more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?

                            Party Identification   Age.........................


Tot Rep Dem Ind 18-29 30-44 45-64 65 +

More likely 21% 22% 20% 21% 15% 16% 20% 31%

Less likely 22 15 26 21 20 19 22 26

No difference 55 61 52 55 64 64 56 36

DK/NA 3 2 2 3 1 1 2 7