From Quinnipiac University:
Despite an overwhelming 79 – 10 percent approval rating for the way he handled the response to Tropical Storm Irene, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy still has a negative 41 – 48 percent overall job approval rating, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
This compares to a negative 38 – 44 percent approval rating in a June 15 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Today, Democrats approve 56 – 35 percent while Republicans disapprove 68 – 21 percent and independent voters split 43 – 45 percent. Men disapprove 50 – 43 percent while women disapprove 46 – 40 percent.
By a 45 – 23 percent margin, Connecticut voters like Gov. Malloy as a person, but dislike his policies 50 – 36 percent.
Malloy’s gale-force grades for handling Irene are offset by his approval ratings on everyday matters:
• Voters disapprove 55 – 36 percent of the way he is handling the state budget;
• Voters disapprove 49 – 40 percent of his handling of public employee unions.
“Tropical Storm Irene put no wind in Gov. Dannel Malloy’s sails,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. “Connecticut voters liked the way he responded to the storm, but this doesn’t translate into a positive overall job approval rating.”
“Gov. Malloy might be envious of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who apparently did get an Irene bounce.
“Almost half of Connecticut voters turn thumbs down on Malloy, with an even bigger negative for his handling of the state budget. Even among his Democratic base about a third disapprove of the job he is doing.”
Connecticut voters approve 61 – 32 percent of the way the state’s utilities handled the response to Irene, with consistent scores among all parties and among men and women.
Even people who lost power approve of the utilities, except for a 55 – 41 percent disapproval among those without power six days or more.
Utilities restored power in a “reasonable” amount of time, 67 percent of voters say, while 28 percent say “it was too slow and there’s no excuse.”
Even those without power six days or more say 51 – 45 percent that restoration was reasonable.
“Connecticut voters are very understanding of their utility companies,” Dr. Schwartz said. “Two-thirds think the length of time it took to restore power was reasonable given the extent of the damage. That understanding, however, dropped with each day without power.”
Tropical Storm Irene was a “serious problem,” 12 percent of voters say, while 62 percent say it was an “inconvenience” and 25 percent say it did not affect them.
From September 8 – 13, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,230 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.