November 12, 2009 - Simmons Runs Better Than McMahon Against Dodd, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Lieberman Is More Republican, Voters Say 2-1

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Former Connecticut Congressman Rob Simmons has an early lead in the Republican primary race for the 2010 U.S. Senate contest and runs better than any other challenger against Sen. Christopher Dodd, topping the Democratic incumbent 49 - 38 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon gets 43 percent to Sen. Dodd's 41 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Even potential Republican contenders with almost no name recognition and almost no Republican primary voter support give Dodd a run for his money.

Simmons leads a Republican primary matchup with 28 percent, followed by McMahon with 17 percent. No other contender tops 9 percent and 36 percent are undecided.

Connecticut voters disapprove 54 - 40 percent of the job Dodd is doing, compared to a 49 - 43 percent disapproval September 17, and say 53 - 39 percent that he does not deserve reelection.

"After inching up in the polls for months, Sen. Christopher Dodd is sliding back down again on job approval. He continues to struggle with independent voters as 60 percent disapprove of the way he is handling his job. President Barack Obama is still popular with independents, but voters say that his support of Dodd won't affect their Senate vote," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

"Healthcare is an issue that should work for Sen. Dodd. Voters who tell us it's the most important issue side with him. But voters who care most about the economy say the Republican candidate will be better able to deal with it. If the economy worsens, this will hurt Dodd."

If McMahon spends millions of her own dollars to be elected U.S. Senator, 61 percent of voters say that means she is free of pressure from lobbyists and other special interests, while 29 percent say this gives her an unfair advantage and looks like she is buying the election.

Connecticut voters say 34 - 25 percent, with 41 percent undecided, that McMahon does not have the right kind of experience to be a U.S. Senator.

In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 33 percent of Connecticut voters say the economy is the most important issue in the 2010 Senate race, with another 30 percent who cite health care. No other issue tops 5 percent.

Dodd gets a negative 42 - 49 percent favorability from voters. Simmons gets a positive 40 - 10 percent favorability, with 49 percent who don't know enough about him to form an opinion. For McMahon, 66 percent don't know enough about her to form an opinion.

For other Republican contenders, the "don't know enough" score is 74 percent or higher.

"Linda McMahon made a big splash into the race two months ago and finishes second in the primary to Rob Simmons. She tops Dodd by a couple of points, but it appears that more than 40 percent of voters would vote for anybody but Dodd at this point," Dr. Schwartz added.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman

By a 51 - 25 percent margin, Connecticut voters say Sen. Joseph Lieberman's views on issues are closer to the Republican Party than to the Democratic Party. There is agreement on this among voters in all parties.

Voters approve 49 - 44 percent of the job Lieberman is doing. He gets 74 - 20 percent approval from Republicans and 52 - 40 percent approval from independent voters, but Democrats disapprove 62 - 31 percent.

Voters say 64 - 29 percent that Democrats should not strip Lieberman of his committee chairmanship if he joins Republicans in a filibuster against the Democrats' health care reform.

Connecticut voters approve 58 - 35 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, but they disapprove 48 - 45 percent of the way he is handling health care.

From November 3 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,236 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. The survey includes 474 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points and 332 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 5.4 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

2. (If registered Democrat) If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Chris Dodd and Merrick Alpert, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMS
 
Dodd                 55%
Alpert               22
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1
DK/NA                21
 
TREND: (If registered Democrat) If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Chris Dodd and Merrick Alpert, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMS...............
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Dodd                 55      56      52      44
Alpert               22      13      18      24
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       4       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       1       2
DK/NA                21      25      27      30
 
 
3. (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Simmons, Tom Foley, Sam Caligiuri, Linda McMahon and Peter Schiff, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS
 
Simmons              28%
Foley                 9
Caligiuri             4
McMahon              17
Schiff                5
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2
DK/NA                36
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) If the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Simmons, Tom Foley, Sam Caligiuri, Linda McMahon and Peter Schiff, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPS...............
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Simmons              28      43      42      48
Foley                 9       5       5      na
Caligiuri             4       4       5      10
McMahon              17      na      na      na
Schiff                5       2       -      na
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       2       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       1       2
DK/NA                36      43      45      39
 
 
14. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Rob Simmons the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 38%     6%    68%    29%    35%    41%
Simmons              49     87     15     57     52     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      2      1      2      1
DK/NA                11      6     14     12     11     12
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Dodd                 44%    35%    48%    36%    34%
Simmons              45     50     37     47     58
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      1      1      3      1
DK/NA                11     14     14     12      6
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Rob Simmons the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Mar 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Dodd                 38      39      39      39      34      42
Simmons              49      44      48      45      50      43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       1       -       2       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1       2       1       2       1
DK/NA                11      15      10      13      12      12
 
 
15. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Linda McMahon the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 41%    13%    71%    32%    40%    42%
McMahon              43     79     12     51     47     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      1      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      1      3      2      1
DK/NA                14      7     17     13     11     18
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Dodd                 43%    41%    32%    43%    36%
McMahon              44     40     55     41     46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      2      1      5
DK/NA                12     18     12     14     13
 
 
16. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Sam Caligiuri the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 42%    11%    72%    35%    41%    44%
Caligiuri            42     80     11     49     46     38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      -      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      1      1      2      2
DK/NA                14      5     16     14     11     16
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Dodd                 45%    40%    45%    44%    39%
Caligiuri            41     41     41     40     46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      1      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      1      1      2
DK/NA                12     16     12     14     13
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Sam Caligiuri the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Mar 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Dodd                 42      40      42      41      37      47
Caligiuri            42      36      40      39      41      34
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2       1       1       3       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       1       2       2       2
DK/NA                14      20      15      17      17      16
 
 
17. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Peter Schiff the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 42%    11%    74%    34%    41%    43%
Schiff               41     81     10     47     44     38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      1      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                15      6     16     17     13     17
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Dodd                 46%    40%    36%    44%    39%
Schiff               40     42     51     37     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      2      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      1      1      2
DK/NA                12     16     10     17     17
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Peter Schiff the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Dodd                 42      42      43
Schiff               41      36      38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       2
DK/NA                15      19      16
 
 
18. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Tom Foley the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Dodd                 40%     9%    73%    27%    38%    42%
Foley                47     85     12     58     50     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      1      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      -      1      1
DK/NA                13      5     14     14     12     14
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Dodd                 42%    37%    25%    43%    39%
Foley                47     45     54     44     50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      -      1      1      1
DK/NA                11     17     21     11      9
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Dodd the Democrat and Tom Foley the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  Apr 2
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Dodd                 40      40      42      35
Foley                47      38      42      43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       2       1       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       1       2
DK/NA                13      18      14      16
 
 
19. What do you think is the most important issue in the 2010 election for United States Senator?
                            Tot
 
Economy Total               33%
 Economy general            14
 Unemployment/Jobs          18
 Business leaving/
  Outsourcing                1
 
Healthcare Total            30%
 Hlthcr/Costs/Insurance     28
 Medicare                    2
 
Politicians/Gov Total        4%
 Politicians/Gov general     1
 Political corruption        1
 Chris Dodd                  1
 Politicians other           1
 
Budget Total                 5%
 Budget general              2
 Budget deficits             1
 Big Gov/Gov spending        1
 Budget priorities           1
 
War                          5%
 
Lack of ethics/Morality      3%
 
Education Total              2%
 Education general           1
 Funding education           1
 
Taxes general                2%
 
Environment/Pollution        1%
Foreign Affairs general      1%
Immigration                  1%
 
Other                        4%
DK/NA                        7%
 
 
20. Who do you think would do a better job dealing with that issue - Chris Dodd or the Republican candidate for United States Senator?
                            MOST IMP ISSUE Q19
                     Tot    Econ   HlthCare
 
Dodd                 37%    38%    47%
Republican           43     46     34
DK/NA                21     16     19
 
 
21. Is your opinion of - Chris Dodd favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            42%    19%    68%    34%    38%    47%
Unfavorable          49     77     22     59     53     46
Hvn't hrd enough      6      3      8      5      7      5
REFUSED               3      1      3      3      3      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Chris Dodd favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Feb 19  Apr 2
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2007    2009
 
Favorable            42      40      40      37      30      49      30
Unfavorable          49      48      50      51      58      30      58
Hvn't hrd enough      6      10       7       9       8      18       8
REFUSED               3       2       3       3       3       3       3
 
 
22. Is your opinion of - Rob Simmons favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            40%    61%    25%    42%    45%    35%
Unfavorable          10      7     16      7      8     12
Hvn't hrd enough     49     30     58     50     46     51
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Rob Simmons favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Mar 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            40      41      39      34      39      36
Unfavorable          10      11      12      12      12      10
Hvn't hrd enough     49      46      48      53      47      53
REFUSED               1       2       1       1       2       1
 
 
23. Is your opinion of - Linda McMahon favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            20%    33%     7%    22%    20%    19%
Unfavorable          13      5     18     14     15     11
Hvn't hrd enough     66     61     73     64     63     70
REFUSED               1      1      2      -      2      -
 
 
24. Is your opinion of - Sam Caligiuri favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            10%    15%     4%    12%    12%     8%
Unfavorable           3      2      3      3      2      3
Hvn't hrd enough     87     83     93     85     86     89
REFUSED               -      -      1      -      -      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Sam Caligiuri favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Mar 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            10      11      12       9       8       9
Unfavorable           3       5       4       3       3       3
Hvn't hrd enough     87      83      84      87      88      88
REFUSED               -       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
25. Is your opinion of - Tom Foley favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            20%    33%    11%    21%    20%    19%
Unfavorable           6      3      8      4      6      5
Hvn't hrd enough     74     63     81     75     74     75
REFUSED               -      1      1      -      -      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Tom Foley favorable, unfavorable or haven't you eard enough about him?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  Apr 2
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            20      12      17      12
Unfavorable           6       6       5       6
Hvn't hrd enough     74      81      77      80
REFUSED               -       1       1       1
 
 
26. Is your opinion of - Peter Schiff favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable             7%    13%     1%     8%     9%     6%
Unfavorable           4      2      5      4      4      4
Hvn't hrd enough     88     85     93     87     86     90
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      1      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Peter Schiff favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable             7       6       7
Unfavorable           4       2       3
Hvn't hrd enough     88      92      89
REFUSED               1       -       1
 
 
27. Is your opinion of - Merrick Alpert favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable             1%     2%     2%     -      1%     2%
Unfavorable           3      -      5      1      2      3
Hvn't hrd enough     96     98     91     98     97     95
REFUSED               -      -      1      -      -      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Merrick Alpert favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable             1       2       3       4
Unfavorable           3       2       1       2
Hvn't hrd enough     96      96      95      93
REFUSED               -       -       1       1
 
 
30. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              49%    74%    31%    52%    52%    45%
Disapprove           44     20     62     40     43     44
DK/NA                 8      6      7      8      5     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Sep 21  Dec 17
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2000    2008
 
Approve              49      48      46      46      46      80      38
Disapprove           44      45      46      44      47      14      54
DK/NA                 8       7       8      10       7       6       8
 
 
31. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              40%    13%    65%    34%    38%    43%
Disapprove           54     86     28     60     56     52
DK/NA                 6      1      6      6      6      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Apr 19  Apr 2
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2001    2009
 
Approve              40      43      42      38      33      71      33
Disapprove           54      49      52      53      58      16      58
DK/NA                 6       8       6      10       9      13       9
 
 
33. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              58%    24%    84%    54%    54%    62%
Disapprove           35     72     10     38     39     31
DK/NA                 7      4      6      8      6      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Mar 10  Feb 11
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              58      57      63      71      71      67      69
Disapprove           35      36      32      22      22      23      18
DK/NA                 7       6       5       7       7      10      13
 
 
34. Is your opinion of the Democratic Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            47%    16%    84%    33%    42%    52%
Unfavorable          39     76      8     46     46     32
Hvn't hrd enough     10      6      5     14     10     10
REFUSED               5      1      3      6      3      6
 
 
35. Is your opinion of the Republican Party favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            35%    79%    12%    32%    33%    36%
Unfavorable          48     16     72     45     49     47
Hvn't hrd enough     11      4      8     16     12     10
REFUSED               6      1      7      7      5      7
 
 
42. Looking ahead to the 2010 election for United States Senator, do you feel that Chris Dodd deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes/Deserves         39%    14%    65%    30%    34%    43%
No/Does not          53     83     25     62     58     49
DK/NA                 8      3     10      8      8      8
 
 
43. Would you say that Chris Dodd has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  61%    38%    81%    57%    58%    63%
No                   35     60     13     41     37     33
DK/NA                 4      2      6      2      4      4
 
TREND: Would you say that Chris Dodd has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Yes                  61      59      62      56      50
No                   35      35      32      35      43
DK/NA                 4       6       5       9       7
 
 
44. Would you say that Chris Dodd is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  39%    22%    59%    32%    37%    41%
No                   52     74     30     61     56     48
DK/NA                 9      5     11      8      7     11
 
TREND: Would you say that Chris Dodd is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27  Apr 2   Feb 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Yes                  39      40      35      35      32      41
No                   52      51      55      49      54      42
DK/NA                 9       9      10      15      13      17
 
 
45. Would you say that Chris Dodd shares your views on issues that you care about or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  43%    14%    71%    36%    41%    46%
No                   48     82     17     57     51     45
DK/NA                 9      4     12      7      8      9
 
TREND: Would you say that Chris Dodd shares your views on issues that you care about or not?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17  Jul 23  May 27
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Yes                  43      42      45      37
No                   48      48      49      48
DK/NA                 9      10       7      15
 
 
46. Looking ahead to the 2012 election for United States Senator, do you feel that Joe Lieberman deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes/Deserves         46%    72%    29%    49%    48%    43%
No/Does not          45     16     63     45     44     46
DK/NA                 9     12      9      7      8     11
 
TREND: Thinking about the 2012 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?
                     Nov 12  Aug 17  Jul 20  Jun 8   Feb 16  Jan 11  Apr 6
                     2009    2006    2006    2006    2006    2006    2005
 
Yes/Deserves         46      51      56      61      63      64      66
No/Does not          45      40      31      28      26      24      25
DK/NA                 9       9      12      11      11      13       9
 
 
47. Would you say that Joe Lieberman has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  60%    81%    48%    61%    60%    60%
No                   36     16     46     37     37     35
DK/NA                 4      3      5      2      3      5
 
TREND: Would you say that Joseph Lieberman has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     Nov 12  Jul 23  Aug 17  Apr 6
                     2009    2009    2006    2005
 
Yes                  60      58      76      70
No                   36      38      20      26
DK/NA                 4       4       5       4
 
 
48. Would you say that Joe Lieberman is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  60%    84%    43%    63%    64%    56%
No                   34     12     50     33     32     37
DK/NA                 5      5      6      4      3      7
 
TREND: Would you say that Joseph Lieberman is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Nov 12  Jul 23  Aug 17  Apr 6
                     2009    2009    2006    2005
 
Yes                  60      58      74      78
No                   34      35      20      13
DK/NA                 5       6       6       9
 
 
49. Would you say that Joe Lieberman shares your views on issues that you care about or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  46%    70%    31%    48%    48%    45%
No                   46     23     62     44     45     47
DK/NA                 8      7      7      8      7      9
 
TREND: Would you say that Joseph Lieberman shares your views on issues that you care about or not?
                     Nov 12  Jul 23  Aug 17  Apr 6
                     2009    2009    2006    2005
 
Yes                  46      45      51      57
No                   46      47      39      30
DK/NA                 8       9       9      13
 
 
50. In general, do you think Joe Lieberman's views on issues are closer to - the Republican Pary or the Democratic Party?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Republican Party     51%    49%    57%    48%    52%    51%
Democratic Party     25     28     26     23     25     24
DK/NA                24     24     17     29     23     25
 
 
51. If Joe Lieberman runs for reelection in 2012, do you think he should run as a Republican or as a Democrat or as an Independent?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Republican           20%    19%    32%    12%    18%    22%
Democrat             12      7     22      6     12     12
Independent          55     61     35     70     60     49
DK/NA                13     12     11     12     10     17
 
 
53. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              52%    18%    79%    47%    50%    54%
Disapprove           43     79     15     49     47     40
DK/NA                 4      3      6      4      3      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Nov 12  Jul 23  Mar 10  Feb 11
                     2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              52      57      62      63
Disapprove           43      38      27      21
DK/NA                 4       5      11      16
 
 
57. As you may know, President Obama recently came to Connecticut to help raise money for Senator Dodd's reelection - does this make you more likely to vote for Dodd, less likely, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
More likely           7%     1%    16%     3%     7%     7%
Less likely          17     32      4     20     21     13
Doesn't make diff    75     65     79     77     71     79
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      -      1
 
 
58. Do you think Linda McMahon has the right kind of experience to be a United States Senator from Connecticut or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  25%    37%    11%    30%    30%    20%
No                   34     26     44     32     38     31
DK/NA                41     37     45     38     32     49
 
 
59. How important do you think it is that a United States Senator has had considerable experience in business - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very important       44%    57%    38%    42%    43%    44%
Smwht important      44     38     45     47     43     45
Not too important     7      2     12      6      9      6
Not important at all  4      3      4      4      4      4
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1
 
 
60. How important do you think it is that a United States Senator has had considerable experience in politics and government - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very important       39%    32%    54%    32%    35%    43%
Smwht important      43     48     36     46     42     43
Not too important    10     12      5     14     12      9
Not important at all  7      8      4      7      9      4
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1
 
 
61. As you may know Linda McMahon may spend millions of dollars of her own money to be elected United States Senator. Which comes closer to your point of view - A) By financing her own campaign she is free from being beholden to lobbyists and other special interests who would otherwise finance her campaign or B) By financing her own campaign she has an unfair advantage and looks like she is trying to buy the election?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
A) Free from int     61%    75%    46%    67%    65%    58%
B) Unfair advantage  29     15     42     25     27     30
DK/NA                10      9     12      8      8     12
 
 
62. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              45%    13%    76%    36%    44%    45%
Disapprove           48     84     15     55     50     46
DK/NA                 8      3      9      8      6     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              45      47
Disapprove           48      45
DK/NA                 8       8
 
 
63. Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Pres Obama           49%    12%    84%    40%    47%    51%
Reps in Congress     33     71      7     35     36     29
DK/NA                18     16      9     25     16     20
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling health care - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17
                     2009    2009
 
President Obama      49      54
Reps in Cong         33      30
DK/NA                18      16
 
 
64. Do you support or oppose giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan that would compete with private plans?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              56%    28%    76%    54%    54%    57%
Oppose               37     68     14     41     39     35
DK/NA                 8      5     10      6      7      8
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan that would compete with private plans?
                     Nov 12  Sep 17
                     2009    2009
 
Support              56      64
Oppose               37      30
DK/NA                 8       6
 
 
65. As you may know, Senator Lieberman opposes giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan that would compete with private plans. Does this make you more likely to vote for Senator Lieberman, less likely, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
More likely          23%    50%     9%    22%    25%    21%
Less likely          33      8     54     29     32     34
Doesn't make diff    41     37     36     47     40     42
DK/NA                 3      5      1      3      3      3
 
 
66. If Senator Lieberman joins Republicans in a filibuster to prevent a vote on the Democrat's health care reform plan, do you think Senate Democrats should punish Lieberman by taking away his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  29%     7%    49%    23%    32%    26%
No                   64     91     42     69     62     65
DK/NA                 7      2      9      7      6      8