POLL: Malloy's Approval Rating Highest Ever In Latest Quinnipiac Poll

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's approval rating is almost even in the latest Quinnipiac University poll.


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's job approval rating is at its highest ever, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll. 

Malloy, a Democrat who took office in January 2011, received an almost-even approval rating of 44-45 percent in the latest Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, March 21.

Malloy's approval figures are highest among Democrats, who favor the job the governor is doing by a margin of 64-27 percent; independent voters disprove of the job Malloy is doing by a margin of 48-40 percent; Republicans disapprove of the job Malloy is doing by a margin of 66-24 percent, according to the poll.

The governor's approval rating is split at 46-46 percent among men, according to the poll, while women disapprove of the job Malloy is doing by a margin of 45-41 percent. 

Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz noted that the approval rating is Malloy's highest since he assumed office, and attributed it to stronger Democratic support for the governor. Connecticut's electorate leans predominately Democratic. 

"Gov. Dannel Malloy's overall approval rating is up slightly because he is doing better with Democrats," Schwartz said. "This lukewarm 44-45 percent score is not bad for a governor who raised the income tax across the board his first year to deal with an inherited deficit."

Residents also support Malloy's proposal to by a margin of 54-35 percent, with 51-38 percent of that support among Democrats, as well as 47-41 percent of union households supporting the tenure change. 

In typical fashion, Malloy's administration downplayed the findings and significance of the poll in a statement released early Wednesday morning. 

"We have tried to be consistent in not saying much about polls because... what's there to say?" Malloy's Senior Advisor Roy Occhiogrosso said in a statement. "Polls come and go, numbers go up and down. The governor always does what he thinks is best for the state and the right thing to do." 

The poll, conducted from March 14 through March 19, surveyed 1,622 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. 

dave March 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM
who are polling? thats my 1st question. he is another tax and spend liberal elitest that believes he knows whats best for everyone. his budget is a farce, he is using borrowed money to fill the gaps, which he was critical of the last idiot governor. he gave us the largest tax increase and promptly spent it to create a bigger problem. he needs to go and fast
JM March 22, 2012 at 02:07 PM
He raised taxes on me, a young, middle-class taxpayer in the middle of a recession, that in my view has not ended. And in a state that is already heavily taxed. I thought he would be good for the state. Boy was I wrong. He will never get my support.
Bob March 23, 2012 at 05:34 PM
If we are supposedly almost out of debt according to Malloy, will he retract any of the recent taxes because they have done their stated purpose, pay down the debt? It would be nice if our state tax on gas were soo not extreme as to make Connecticut gas one of the most expensive in the nation. Now that we have suffered to close the gap, where is our relief?
jan maria June 02, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I would like to know who they are polling....no one that I know!
Sean M June 08, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Malloy inherited a deficit because the Democrats who control the legislature have caused the problem. Republicans had no real power when Rell was governor as they had the votes to override a veto. The people in this state have shown over and over again how uninformed they are by continually electing Democrats. The Republicans do not help themselves as they cower in the corner instead of taking on the Democrats. When you have an out of control party like the Democrats and no opposition, you get what we have.


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