August 1, 2002 - Economy, Corporate Scandals Hurt Bush, Connecticut Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Voters Not Confident in Future
Connecticut voters disapprove 48 - 40 percent of the way President Bush is handling business scandals, including Enron and WorldCom, and split 46 - 47 percent in their approval of the way the President is handling the economy, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

Bush's overall approval rating in Connecticut is 59 - 34 percent, down from his 87 - 10 percent all-time high approval rating in a December 19, 2001, poll by the independent Quinnipiac University.

Voters approve 74 - 20 percent of the way the President is handling the U.S. campaign against terrorism and 46 - 42 percent of the way he his handling the Israeli- Palestinian situation.

"The President gets high marks for the way he is handling the campaign against terrorism, but Connecticut voters are feeling the economic hard times. President Bush could end up like his father if things don't turn around," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.

"While Bush's approval is down 28 points since December, ratings for Senators Christopher Dodd and Joseph Lieberman have slipped only slightly."

Sen. Dodd's approval is 61 - 20 percent, compared to 63 - 20 percent in December. Sen. Lieberman's approval is 64 - 26 percent, down from 71 - 19 percent.

Connecticut's economy is "very good," 6 percent of voters say, while 68 percent say it is "fairly good;" 20 percent say it is "fairly bad," and 6 percent say "very bad.'

The state's economy is "getting better," 12 percent of voters say, while 34 percent say it is "getting worse," and 52 percent say it is "staying about the same."

Their family finances have gotten better in the last year, 21 percent of voters say, while 29 percent say they've gotten worse and 49 percent say family finances have stayed the same.

Most Connecticut voters - 54 percent - say they make enough money to save "a little," while 35 percent say they're just able to cover their bills and 10 percent say they don't make enough "to make ends meet."

Seventy-three percent of voters say they have money invested in stocks.

The recent drop in the stock market has 47 percent of voters "very concerned," while 33 percent are "somewhat concerned."

But only 32 percent of Connecticut voters have changed their investments as a result of the stock market plunge.

"We're seeing growing voter unease after the boom times. We'll watch to see how this impacts on this year's elections and the early stages of the Presidential campaign," Dr. Schwartz said.

From July 23 - 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,092 Connecticut registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and the nation as a public service and for research.
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 59% 91% 34% 60% 62% 56% Disapprove 34 5 59 32 33 35 DK/NA 7 3 7 7 5 8

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 64% 49% 77% 63% 58% 70% Disapprove 26 41 13 28 32 20 DK/NA 10 10 10 10 10 10

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 61% 45% 75% 60% 58% 64% Disapprove 20 37 10 19 23 18 DK/NA 19 18 15 20 19 18

12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling - the economy?
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 46% 74% 26% 46% 48% 44% Disapprove 47 19 69 47 46 48 DK/NA 7 7 6 7 6 8

13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling - the situation between Israel and the Palestinians?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 46% 63% 34% 46% 46% 46% Disapprove 42 25 56 42 46 38 DK/NA 12 12 9 13 8 15

14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling - the U.S. campaign against terrorism?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 74% 91% 59% 75% 78% 70% Disapprove 20 5 34 19 18 23 DK/NA 6 3 7 6 4 7

15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling - the recent business scandals, including Enron and WorldCom?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 40% 70% 24% 36% 45% 36% Disapprove 48 19 67 51 47 49 DK/NA 11 10 9 12 8 14

45. How would you rate the condition of Connecticut's economy these days? Is it very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Very good 6% 8% 4% 8% 6% 6% Fairly good 68 80 63 65 67 68 Fairly bad 20 10 26 20 20 19 Very bad 6 2 7 6 6 6 DK/NA 1 1 - 1 1 1

46. Do you think the state's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Better 12% 16% 10% 11% 15% 9% Worse 34 19 41 36 30 37 Same 52 62 48 50 54 50 DK/NA 2 3 2 3 2 3

47. Compared to a year ago, is your family's financial situation better today, worse today, or about the same?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Better 21% 27% 17% 19% 25% 17% Worse 29 22 35 28 27 31 About the same 49 51 47 52 47 52 DK/NA 1 - 1 1 1 1

48. How likely do you think it is that you, or someone in your family will be out of work and actively look for a job in the next year? Would you say it is very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Very likely 15% 11% 19% 13% 14% 16% Smwht likely 15 12 19 14 16 14 Smwht unlikely 21 24 18 21 21 21 Very unlikely 46 53 41 48 47 45 DK/NA 3 1 3 3 2 3

49. When it comes to your current finances, would you say that you have enough money to save a little, enough to just cover your bills, or not enough to make ends meet?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Save 54% 63% 48% 55% 61% 48% Cover bills 35 29 40 34 30 39 Not enough 10 7 12 9 8 12 DK/NA 1 2 - 2 1 2

50. Now, thinking about all of your investments, including retirement savings at work, do you currently have money invested in stocks or stock mutual funds, or not?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 73% 79% 69% 74% 75% 70% No 25 17 30 24 23 27 DK/NA 2 3 1 2 2 3

51. How do you feel about the recent drop in the stock market - very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Very concerned 47% 39% 50% 49% 43% 51% Smwht concerned 33 39 31 33 32 34 Not too concerned 13 14 13 12 17 10 Not at all concerned 6 7 5 6 8 4 DK/NA 1 1 - 1 1 1

52. Have you changed your approach to your investments as a result of what's happened in the stock market in the past year, or not?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 32% 31% 36% 29% 34% 31% No 67 68 64 70 65 68 DK/NA 1 1 - 1 1 1