February 16, 2006 - Connecticut Voters Give Gov. Rell Big Valentine Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Lieberman Also Feels The Love
Gov. Jodi Rell's love affair with Connecticut voters is growing as her approval rating and her lead over two possible Democratic challengers rises to new levels in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Connecticut voters give Gov. Rell an 81 - 9 percent approval rating, up slightly from a 78 - 10 percent approval in a January 12 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University and near her all-time 83 percent high.

Rell totally dominates two possible Democratic challengers:
  • 70 - 16 percent over New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, compared to 64 - 21 percent last month;
  • 70 - 15 percent over Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, up from 68 - 17 percent.
By a 70 - 5 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of Rell, with 16 percent mixed and 9 percent who don't know enough to form an opinion.

Her challengers are relatively unknown: 59 percent don't have an opinion about DeStefano and 83 percent don't know enough about Malloy.

"Despite a proposed budget that includes some controversial items, Gov. Jodi Rell's popularity remains at near record levels," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.

DeStefano tops Malloy 38 - 19 percent among Democrats, with 35 percent undecided.

Connecticut voters support 52 - 31 percent Rell's proposal to eliminate the local property tax on automobiles and help pay for it by repealing the property tax credit on the state income tax.

"Even though support for Gov. Rell's plan to eliminate the car tax is not overwhelming, there is majority backing across the board," Dr. Schwartz said.

Senate Race

U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman gets a 63 - 25 percent approval, unchanged from January 11. By a 63 - 26 percent margin, including 69 percent of Republicans, Connecticut voters say Sen. Lieberman deserves to be reelected.

Lieberman would defeat former Gov. Lowell Weicker 62 - 21 percent.

In a possible Democratic primary, the incumbent beats businessman Ned Lamont 68 - 13 percent.

"Liberal Democrats unhappy with Sen. Lieberman's position on the war can't find much good news in this poll. While Lieberman continues to be more popular with Republicans, he still enjoys a job approval rating of nearly 2-1 among Democrats, and 61 percent of Democrats think he deserves to be re-elected," Dr. Schwartz said.

Connecticut voters disapprove 65 - 31 percent of the job President George W. Bush is doing, among the lowest approval ratings for Bush in any state surveyed by Quinnipiac University. Voters disapprove 66 - 29 percent of the way President Bush is handling the war in Iraq and say 61 - 34 percent that going to war in Iraq was the wrong thing to do.

From February 10 - 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 957 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points. The survey includes 345 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 5.3 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and the nation as a public service and for research.

For additional data-www.quinnipiac.edu and quicklinks

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling her job as Governor?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 81% 86% 75% 83% 80% 82% Disapprove 9 8 11 9 11 7 DK/NA 10 5 14 8 9 11

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Approve 81% 78% 89% 80% 85% Disapprove 6 14 8 7 10 DK/NA 13 8 3 13 5

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling her job as Governor?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Feb 16  Jan 12  Jul 27  Apr 6   Feb 18  Jan 13  Aug 19
                        2006    2006    2005    2005    2005    2005    2004


Approve 81 78 79 80 74 83 73 Disapprove 9 10 9 10 14 3 4 DK/NA 10 12 11 10 11 14 24



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


Approve 31% 74% 8% 23% 36% 26% Disapprove 65 21 90 73 60 70 DK/NA 4 5 2 4 4 4

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Feb 16  Jan 11  Jul 27  Apr 6   Feb 18  Dec 19  Feb 16
                        2006    2006    2005    2005    2005    2001    2006


Approve 31 35 36 39 40 87 31 Disapprove 65 61 59 57 55 10 65 DK/NA 4 4 5 4 6 2 4



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 63% 71% 57% 62% 60% 66% Disapprove 25 21 30 27 30 22 DK/NA 11 8 13 12 10 12



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Feb 16  Jan 11  Jul 27  Apr 6   Feb 18  Sep 21  Jul 31
                        2006    2006    2005    2005    2005    2000    2003


Approve 63 62 67 67 69 80 51 Disapprove 25 24 23 22 20 14 33 DK/NA 11 13 11 11 12 6 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 57% 42% 70% 57% 53% 61% Disapprove 26 41 14 26 33 19 DK/NA 17 17 17 17 14 20

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator? (* = Also hit 52% on 2/14/2002)

                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Feb 16  Jan 11  Jul 27  Apr 6   Feb 18  Apr 19  May 1
                        2006    2006    2005    2005    2005    2001    2003 *


Approve 57 59 64 65 67 71 52 Disapprove 26 21 22 20 20 16 16 DK/NA 17 20 14 14 13 13 31



5. Is your opinion of Governor Jodi Rell favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about her?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 70% 81% 62% 70% 68% 71% Unfavorable 5 2 5 7 8 2 Mixed 16 13 19 14 14 18 Hvn't hrd enough 9 5 14 8 10 8 REFUSED - - - 1 1 -

TREND: Is your opinion of Jodi Rell favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about her? (* Lieutenant Governor Jodi Rell will be taking over as Governor. Is your opinion...?)

                        Feb 16  Jan 12  Apr 6   Nov 23  Sep 30  Aug 19  Jun 30
                        2006    2006    2005    2004    2004    2004    2004 *


Favorable 70 67 74 70 62 60 34 Unfavorable 5 5 7 3 2 2 1 Mixed 16 17 12 9 13 12 6 Haven't heard enough 9 10 6 18 22 25 59 DK/NA - 1 1 - 1 1 1



6. Is your opinion of New Haven Mayor John DeStefano favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 15% 7% 23% 13% 17% 13% Unfavorable 10 13 6 10 13 7 Mixed 15 14 13 17 17 14 Hvn't hrd enough 59 63 56 57 51 66 REFUSED 2 2 2 2 2 1

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Favorable 5% 14% 8% 27% 10% Unfavorable 5 9 10 15 10 Mixed 9 17 7 22 11 Hvn't hrd enough 77 58 75 34 68 REFUSED 3 1 - 2 1

TREND: Is your opinion of New Haven Mayor John DeStefano favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Feb 16  Jan 12  Apr 6   Nov 23
                        2006    2006    2005    2004


Favorable 15 16 25 22 Unfavorable 10 9 11 9 Mixed 15 15 14 14 Hvn't heard enough 59 59 49 53 REFUSED 2 2 2 2



7. Is your opinion of Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 6% 5% 10% 3% 7% 5% Unfavorable 6 9 4 5 7 5 Mixed 4 4 7 2 5 4 Hvn't hrd enough 83 81 79 88 80 86 REFUSED 1 - 1 1 1 1

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Favorable 16% 4% 4% 1% 2% Unfavorable 7 6 6 5 3 Mixed 6 5 1 5 2 Hvn't hrd enough 71 84 90 87 91 REFUSED - 1 - 1 2



TREND: Is your opinion of Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Feb 16  Jan 12  Apr 6   Nov 23
                        2006    2006    2005    2004


Favorable 6 8 9 8 Unfavorable 6 4 6 7 Mixed 4 4 5 8 Hvn't heard enough 83 83 78 75 REFUSED 1 1 1 2



8. If the 2006 election for governor were being held today, and the candidates were John DeStefano the Democrat and Jodi Rell the Republican for whom would you vote?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


DeStefano 16% 4% 28% 13% 17% 15% Rell 70 90 55 71 69 70 SMONE ELSE(VOL) - 1 - - 1 - WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 1 1 2 1 1 DK/NA 13 5 15 14 12 13

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

DeStefano 13% 17% 4% 19% 16% Rell 68 70 81 68 70 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - - - - WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 2 3 1 - DK/NA 16 11 12 12 14

TREND: If the election for governor were being held today, and the candidates were John DeStefano the Democrat and Jodi Rell the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Feb 16  Jan 12  Jul 27  Apr 6   Nov 23
                        2006    2006    2005    2005    2004


DeStefano 16 21 22 19 22 Rell 70 64 61 66 59 SMONE ELSE - 1 1 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE 1 1 1 2 1 DK/NA 13 13 15 13 17



9. If the 2006 election for governor were being held today, and the candidates were Dan Malloy the Democrat and Jodi Rell the Republican for whom would you vote?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Malloy 15% 6% 29% 10% 18% 12% Rell 70 89 54 73 69 71 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 - 1 1 - WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 - 1 1 1 1 DK/NA 13 5 16 14 11 15

MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Malloy 20% 17% 9% 12% 12% Rell 64 69 77 75 71 SMONE ELSE(VOL) - 1 - 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 1 1 1 - DK/NA 15 13 13 11 15

TREND: If the election for governor were being held today, and the candidates were Dan Malloy the Democrat and Jodi Rell the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Feb 16  Jan 12  Jul 27  Apr 6   Nov 23
                        2006    2006    2005    2005    2004


Malloy 15 17 18 17 18 Rell 70 68 63 66 61 SMONE ELSE 1 1 1 - 1 WLDN'T VOTE 1 1 2 2 - DK/NA 13 13 17 14 20



10. 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 7% 9% 9% 5% 8% 6% Smwht satisfied 61 68 59 60 60 62 Smwht dissatisfied 22 16 21 24 21 23 Very dissatisfied 9 7 11 10 10 8 DK/NA - - - 1 - 1

TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Connecticut today? Very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?

                        Feb 16  Jan 12  Jul 27  Apr 7   Feb 18  Jan 13  Nov 24
                        2006    2006    2005    2005    2005    2005    2004  


Very Satisfied 7 7 6 6 5 10 8 Smwht Satisfied 61 59 60 54 53 57 58 Smwht Dissatisfied 22 23 25 29 29 24 23 Very Dissatisfied 9 10 8 11 12 8 10 DK/NA - 1 1 1 1 2 1



11. What do you think is the most important problem facing Connecticut today?

                        Tot


Economy Total 27% Economy general 4 Unemployment/jobs 17 Cost of living 4 Businesses leaving/ Outsourcing 2

Taxes Total 22% Taxes general 16 Property tax 5 Income Tax 1

Education Total 10% Education general 5 Funding education 4 School choice/Vouchers 1

Transportation Total 7% Lack of quality mass trans/Public trans 1 Highway traffic/ congestion 1 Poor condition of roads/highways 2 Transportation other 3

Crime Total 4% Crime/Violence general 2 Gangs/Youth crime 1 Drugs 1

Politics Total 3% Political corruption 2 Governor/State leadership 1

Healthcare/Costs/ Insurance/HMO's 3%

Budget Total 2% Budget general 1 Government too big/Gov spending 1

Children's issues 1 Energy costs general 1 Housing Costs/ Availability 1 Medicare 1 Poverty/Homeless 1 Senior issues 1

Other 4 DK/NA 7



12. How much have you heard or read about Governor Rell's proposal to eliminate the local property tax on cars -- A lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


A lot 30% 34% 29% 29% 34% 27% Some 44 44 43 42 42 45 Not much 14 12 16 16 13 15 Nothing at all 11 11 11 12 11 12 DK/NA - - 1 1 - -



13. To help pay for eliminating the car tax, Governor Rell's plan would involve repealing the existing property tax credit on the state income tax. Do you support or oppose Governor Rell's car tax plan?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Support 52% 61% 49% 49% 57% 47% Oppose 31 25 37 29 27 33 DK/NA 18 14 14 21 15 20



14. Looking ahead to the 2006 election for United States Senator, do you feel that Joseph Lieberman deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Deserves reelection 63% 69% 61% 61% 60% 65% Does not 26 22 30 25 29 23 DK/NA 11 9 9 14 11 12

TREND: Looking ahead to the 2006 election for United States Senator, do you feel that Joseph Lieberman deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?

                        Feb 16  Jan 11  Apr 6
                        2006    2006    2005


Yes/Deserves reelection 63 64 66 No/Does not 26 24 25 DK/NA 11 13 9



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 53% 58% 50% 51% 54% 52% Unfavorable 16 14 20 16 21 12 Mixed 23 23 24 23 20 26 Hvn't hrd enough 8 4 6 10 5 10 REFUSED - - - - - -



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

                        Feb 16  Jan 11  Dec 19  Apr 19  Feb 21  Sep 21  Jul 20
                        2006    2006    2001    2001    2001    2000    2000


Favorable 53 53 58 58 59 68 56 Unfavorable 16 14 13 14 14 9 8 Mixed 23 25 21 21 19 16 18 Haven't heard enough 8 8 9 6 7 7 17 DK/NA - - - 1 1 1 1



16. Is your opinion of former Governor Lowell Weicker favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 19% 13% 24% 20% 20% 18% Unfavorable 33 42 25 33 41 26 Mixed 18 16 16 22 17 19 Hvn't hrd enough 28 27 34 24 21 35 REFUSED 1 1 1 1 1 1

TREND: Is your opinion of former Governor Lowell Weicker favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Feb 16  Jan 11
                        2006    2006


Favorable 19 19 Unfavorable 33 32 Mixed 18 24 Hvn't hrd enough 28 24 REFUSED 1 1



17. Is your opinion of businessman Ned Lamont favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 2% 1% 3% 1% 2% 1% Unfavorable 2 3 2 1 4 1 Mixed 3 4 1 4 4 1 Hvn't hrd enough 93 92 94 95 90 96 REFUSED - - - - - -



18. If the 2006 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Joseph Lieberman the Democrat and Lowell Weicker running as an independent candidate for whom would you vote?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Lieberman 62% 70% 63% 56% 63% 61% Weicker 21 17 26 22 25 18 REPUBLICAN CAND(VOL) - 1 - - - 1 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 3 2 2 3 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 4 4 2 4 3 4 DK/NA 10 4 6 15 7 14

TREND: If the 2006 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Joseph Lieberman the Democrat and Lowell Weicker running as an independent candidate, for whom would you vote?

                        Feb 16    Jan 11
                        2006      2006


Lieberman 62 65 Weicker 21 21 SMONE ELSE 2 2 WLDN'T VOTE 4 2 DK/NA 10 10



19. (If registered democrat)If the 2006 Democratic primary for governor were being held today and the candidates were John DeStefano and Dan Malloy for whom would you vote?

                        REGISTERED DEMOCRATS
                        Tot     Men     Wom


DeStefano 38% 34% 40% Malloy 19 26 14 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 3 3 3 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 5 7 5 DK/NA 35 30 38

TREND: (If registered Democrat)If the 2006 Democratic primary for governor were being held today and the candidates were John DeStefano and Dan Malloy, for whom would you vote?

                        REGISTERED
                        DEMOCRATS.....


Feb 16 Jan 12 2006 2006

DeStefano 38 36 Malloy 19 18 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 3 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 5 3 DK/NA 35 42



20. (If registered democrat)If the 2006 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Joseph Lieberman and Ned Lamont for whom would you vote?

                        REGISTERED DEMOCRATS
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Lieberman 68% 63% 70% Lamont 13 20 9 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 1 2 DK/NA 17 16 17



21. (If registered democrat) How much will your vote in the Democratic primary for United States Senator be influenced by a candidate's position on the war in Iraq? Would you say that it is the most important single issue, that it is important, but so are other issues, or that it won't influence your vote?

                        REGISTERED DEMOCRATS
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Most important 25% 21% 27% Important as others 60 62 59 Won't influence vote 13 16 10 DK/NA 3 2 4



22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation with Iraq?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 29% 69% 9% 23% 37% 22% Disapprove 66 27 90 70 60 72 DK/NA 5 5 2 6 3 6

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation with Iraq?

                        Feb 16  Jan 11  Jun 4   Oct 10
                        2006    2006    2004    2003


Approve 29 32 37 41 Disapprove 66 64 57 55 DK/NA 5 4 6 4



23. Do you think going to war with Iraq was the right thing for the United States to do or the wrong thing?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Right thing 34% 67% 15% 29% 39% 29% Wrong thing 61 29 80 64 57 65 DK/NA 5 5 5 6 4 6

TREND: Do you think going to war with Iraq was the right thing for the United States to do or the wrong thing?

                        Feb 16  Jan 11  Sep 30  Aug 19  Jun 4
                        2006    2006    2004    2004    2004


Right thing 34 35 39 43 42 Wrong thing 61 60 56 49 52 DK/NA 5 5 5 8 6