June 8, 2016 - Historic Low Approval For Connecticut Governor, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Satisfaction With Life In State Also Hits New Low Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Connecticut voters disapprove 68 - 24 percent of the job Gov. Dannel Malloy is doing, his worst approval rating ever and one of the lowest approval ratings ever recorded for a governor in any of the nine states surveyed by the Quinnipiac University Poll. Former Gov. Rowland had a 69 - 24 percent disapproval rating February 19, 2004.

Gov. Malloy's lowest rating before today was a 58 - 32 percent disapproval in an October 14 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll.

Only 3 percent of Connecticut voters are "very satisfied" with the way things are going in the state, with 25 percent "somewhat satisfied." Another 33 percent are "somewhat dissatisfied" with 39 percent "very dissatisfied."

This combined 28 - 72 percent negative satisfaction rate is the lowest ever for Connecticut, edging out a negative 29 - 71 percent recorded September 15, 2011.

Malloy gets negative character ratings:
  • 36 - 57 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
  • 37 - 52 percent that he is honest and trustworthy;
  • 32 - 61 percent that he cares about voter needs and problems.
"Voters feel Connecticut's economy is going down the drain and they are sending Gov. Dannel Malloy's approval ratings right down the same drain. Even Democrats disapprove of the way he is doing his job," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

"Gov. Malloy has lost ground on almost every measure.

"When things get tough, voters usually blame the person in charge, fairly or unfairly."

In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 36 percent of Connecticut voters say the economy is the most important problem facing the state today, while 20 percent cite the budget and 17 percent list taxes.

Malloy gets deeply negative approval ratings for his handling of those three issues:
  • 18 - 76 percent for his handling of the economy and jobs;
  • 16 - 77 percent for his handling of the budget;
  • 18 - 76 percent for his handling of taxes.
Only 20 percent of Connecticut voters say the state's economy is "excellent" or "good," while 80 percent say it is "not so good" or "poor."

The state's economy is getting worse, 53 percent of voters say, while 6 percent say it is getting better and 41 percent say it is the same.

Only 29 percent of voters say they are better off financially than they were a year ago, while 45 percent say they are worse off and 24 percent say they are the same.

But 42 percent expect to be better off this time next year, while 30 percent expect to be worse off and 19 percent expect to be the same.

Jobs are difficult to find in their community, 74 percent of Connecticut voters say.

"You know people are hurting financially when 60 percent of voters say they would find it difficult to pay an unexpected bill of $1,000 immediately," Dr. Schwartz said.

"Voters are sending a clear message: Connecticut's economy needs fixing."

From June 1 - 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,330 Connecticut voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

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15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              24%     8%    40%    21%    24%    25%    23%    26%
Disapprove           68     89     47     72     69     66     71     65
DK/NA                 8      3     13      6      7      9      6      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              35%    22%    24%    22%    20%    22%    21%    39%
Disapprove           53     72     70     72     75     70     72     49
DK/NA                12      6      6      6      6      8      7     11
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              24%    15%    37%    20%    22%    26%    24%    25%
Disapprove           65     78     48     71     71     59     66     64
DK/NA                11      8     15      9      7     14     10     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              34%    29%    21%    16%    19%    26%    23%    32%
Disapprove           51     65     69     70     73     60     66     58
DK/NA                15      7      9     13      8     14     11     10
 
 
20. 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?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied        3%     1%     7%     1%     3%     3%     3%     4%
Smwht satisfied      25     11     39     22     22     28     26     24
Smwht dissatisfied   33     28     34     34     31     34     32     33
Very dissatisfied    39     60     19     43     44     34     39     39
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very satisfied        6%     2%     3%     3%     3%     3%     3%     5%
Smwht satisfied      37     27     21     20     20     24     23     36
Smwht dissatisfied   37     29     32     33     30     33     32     35
Very dissatisfied    21     42     44     43     47     39     43     23
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      -      -      -      1
 
 
21. What do you think is the most important problem facing Connecticut today?
                                  Tot
 
Economy Total                     36%
 Economy general                  12
 Unemployment/Jobs                16
 Business leaving/Outsourcing      4
 Cost of living                    3
 Economy other                     1
 
Budget Total                      20%
 Budget general                   10
 Budget deficits                   4
 Gov too big/Gov spending          2
 Budget cuts/Cuts in services      1
 State workers/Union contracts     1
 Budget other                      2
 
Taxes Total                       17%
 Taxes general                    16
 Taxes other                       1
 
Education Total                    4%
 Education general                 3
 Education other                   1
 
Politicians Total                  4%
 Governor/State leadership/Legsltr 3
 Politicians other                 1
 
Healthcare Total                   2%
 Healthcare/Costs/Ins/HMO's        1
 Healthcare other                  1
 
Transportation                     1%
Class inequality                   1%
Poverty/Homeless                   1%
Drugs                              1%
Gun control                        1%
Housing Total                      1%
Welfare                            1%
Infrastructure                     1%
 
Other                              5%
DK/NA                              4%
 
 
22. Would you say that Dannel Malloy has strong leadership qualities or not?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  36%    19%    55%    30%    35%    37%    34%    38%
No                   57     77     34     63     59     54     57     56
DK/NA                 7      3     11      7      6      9      9      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes                  44%    32%    39%    35%    33%    36%    35%    43%
No                   45     63     56     58     63     56     59     47
DK/NA                12      5      5      7      4      8      6      9
 
 
23. Would you say that Dannel Malloy is honest and trustworthy or not?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  37%    18%    54%    34%    36%    37%    37%    37%
No                   52     74     34     53     53     50     52     51
DK/NA                12      8     12     12     11     12     11     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes                  35%    31%    41%    41%    37%    38%    37%    37%
No                   50     61     49     46     56     49     52     48
DK/NA                15      8     10     14      7     13     10     16
 
 
24. Would you say that Dannel Malloy cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  32%    13%    52%    26%    33%    31%    34%    30%
No                   61     83     39     66     61     60     59     62
DK/NA                 8      4      9      7      6      9      7      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes                  36%    31%    31%    33%    31%    29%    30%    40%
No                   47     64     66     62     65     63     64     47
DK/NA                17      5      4      6      5      8      6     13
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling the budget?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              16%     5%    27%    15%    18%    15%    15%    17%
Disapprove           77     89     67     80     76     78     79     76
DK/NA                 6      6      6      5      6      7      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              16%    16%    18%    16%    16%    15%    15%    20%
Disapprove           77     79     77     76     77     78     78     76
DK/NA                 7      5      5      7      7      8      7      4
 
 
26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling transportation?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              35%    19%    47%    35%    35%    35%    33%    37%
Disapprove           50     65     38     51     55     45     51     49
DK/NA                15     17     15     14     10     20     17     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              43%    32%    37%    33%    32%    31%    32%    49%
Disapprove           42     52     52     47     57     47     52     41
DK/NA                15     15     11     20     11     22     17      9
 
 
27. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling taxes?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              18%     7%    30%    15%    21%    15%    16%    20%
Disapprove           76     92     62     79     73     78     78     74
DK/NA                 6      2      8      6      6      6      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              21%    20%    18%    17%    18%    14%    16%    28%
Disapprove           73     76     77     76     76     80     78     67
DK/NA                 6      4      6      7      6      6      6      5
 
 
28. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling the economy and jobs?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              18%     6%    32%    14%    17%    19%    14%    21%
Disapprove           76     91     60     81     77     76     80     73
DK/NA                 6      3      8      6      6      6      5      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              26%    15%    20%    14%    15%    17%    16%    25%
Disapprove           70     78     77     78     79     77     78     68
DK/NA                 4      7      4      8      6      5      6      7
 
 
29. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling crime?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              40%    24%    53%    40%    39%    42%    45%    37%
Disapprove           44     63     29     44     48     40     36     50
DK/NA                16     14     17     16     13     18     19     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              41%    39%    49%    36%    39%    42%    41%    42%
Disapprove           45     40     41     46     47     37     42     50
DK/NA                14     20     10     19     14     21     18      7
 
 
30. Would you describe the state of Connecticut's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Excellent             1%     -      2%     -      1%     -      -      1%
Good                 19     10     31     13     17     20     19     18
Not so good          39     29     44     43     40     39     40     39
Poor                 41     61     23     43     41     40     40     41
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      -      2      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Excellent             1%     -      1%     1%     1%     -      1%     1%
Good                 27     20     17     13     17     16     16     28
Not so good          48     35     37     43     39     40     40     37
Poor                 22     45     44     42     44     41     42     33
DK/NA                 2      -      1      1      -      2      1      1
 
 
31. Do you think Connecticut's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Better                6%     3%    11%     4%     7%     5%     4%     7%
Worse                53     70     40     52     50     55     55     51
The same             41     27     49     43     43     39     39     42
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      1      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Better                4%     9%     6%     4%     6%     5%     6%     6%
Worse                32     50     62     60     52     59     56     41
The same             63     41     32     35     42     35     38     53
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      -      1      1      -
 
 
32. In order to address the state's overall fiscal problems, almost 1,000 state employees have received layoff notices. Do you approve or disapprove of these layoffs?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              29%    39%    23%    30%    36%    23%    36%    24%
Disapprove           62     57     69     58     56     68     56     67
DK/NA                 8      5      8     11      8      9      8      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              13%    25%    38%    36%    39%    26%    32%    17%
Disapprove           81     65     57     53     55     63     59     78
DK/NA                 6     10      6     10      6     11      9      5
 
 
33. Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Better off           29%    19%    41%    26%    33%    26%    33%    27%
Worse off            45     56     33     50     43     48     42     48
SAME(VOL)            24     25     24     23     22     25     24     23
DK/NA                 2      -      2      1      2      1      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Better off           56%    32%    24%    11%    30%    22%    26%    42%
Worse off            28     45     54     49     46     49     48     36
SAME(VOL)            14     22     20     39     22     28     25     17
DK/NA                 3      -      2      1      2      -      1      5
 
 
34. Looking ahead, do you expect that at this time next year you will be financially better off than now, or worse off than now?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Better off           42%    31%    50%    42%    46%    39%    42%    43%
Worse off            30     40     18     33     31     29     30     30
SAME(VOL)            19     21     18     18     16     21     21     17
DK/NA                 9      8     13      6      7     12      7     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Better off           71%    44%    42%    20%    43%    36%    39%    54%
Worse off            15     27     33     41     34     34     34     14
SAME(VOL)             8     22     16     30     18     22     20     15
DK/NA                 7      8     10     10      5      9      7     17
 
 
35. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going for you financially; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied       11%     9%    15%     9%    12%    11%    13%     9%
Smwht satisfied      44     43     46     42     46     42     45     43
Smwht dissatisfied   27     31     23     28     25     28     30     24
Very dissatisfied    17     16     14     20     17     17     11     23
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very satisfied       14%    10%    11%    13%    13%    10%    11%    12%
Smwht satisfied      44     50     41     43     46     43     44     43
Smwht dissatisfied   23     26     29     28     24     28     26     27
Very dissatisfied    18     14     19     13     16     18     17     17
DK/NA                 1      -      -      2      1      2      1      1
 
 
36. Thinking now about job opportunities where you live, would you say there are plenty of jobs available in your community or are jobs difficult to find?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Plenty of jobs       16%     9%    23%    16%    15%    18%    16%    17%
Difficult to find    74     82     65     77     77     72     73     75
DK/NA                10      9     12      7      9     10     12      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Plenty of jobs       18%    23%    16%    10%    15%    17%    16%    20%
Difficult to find    77     71     77     70     77     73     75     70
DK/NA                 4      7      7     20      9     10      9     10
 
 
37. How difficult would it be for you to pay an unexpected bill of one thousand dollars right away: very difficult, somewhat difficult, not so difficult, or not difficult at all?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very difficult       30%    25%    33%    29%    27%    32%    19%    39%
Smwht difficult      30     34     26     31     29     31     30     30
Not so difficult     16     15     17     16     16     17     20     14
Not difficult at all 23     26     23     23     27     19     31     16
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very difficult       44%    26%    28%    22%    25%    29%    27%    39%
Smwht difficult      28     34     31     28     27     32     30     30
Not so difficult     13     14     19     19     16     18     17     14
Not difficult at all 15     26     22     30     31     19     25     17
DK/NA                 -      1      -      2      1      1      1      -
 
 
38. Which statement best describes your current employment situation? Would you say that you: are not employed in any capacity, are employed in one or more part time jobs, are employed in a full time job, or are working a full time job and an additional full or part time job?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Not employed         29%    28%    30%    29%    23%    34%    22%    34%
1 or more PT jobs    16     17     15     17     15     16     11     20
Employed in 1 FT job 45     43     47     44     49     41     57     36
FT + another job      8      8      8      8      9      6      8      7
DK/NA                 3      4      1      3      3      3      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Not employed          6%    10%    23%    77%    23%    37%    31%    23%
1 or more PT jobs    34     12     15      9     14     16     15     18
Employed in 1 FT job 53     64     50      9     48     39     43     51
FT + another job      7     11     11      1     11      6      8      6
DK/NA                 -      3      2      5      3      2      3      2
 
 
38a. (If employed) Thinking about the next twelve months, how likely do you think it is that you will lose your job or be laid off: is it very likely, somewhat likely, not so likely, or not likely at all?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very likely           3%     2%     4%     3%     5%     1%     4%     3%
Smwht likely         16     15     15     16     14     18     16     16
Not so likely        27     32     26     27     26     29     30     25
Not likely at all    52     50     53     53     54     50     49     54
DK/NA                 1      1      2      -      1      2      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very likely           1%     6%     3%     4%     4%     1%     3%     6%
Smwht likely         14     11     21     16     12     17     14     21
Not so likely        30     29     25     25     26     31     29     23
Not likely at all    56     52     49     53     56     51     53     46
DK/NA                 -      2      2      2      1      1      1      4
 
 

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