New Q-Poll Results on Death Penalty, Minimum Wage, Malloy and More

From Quinnipiac University:

While Connecticut voters support the death penalty in general 62 – 30 percent, they are evenly divided on the preferred punishment for a person convicted of murder, as 46 percent want the death penalty while 46 percent want life in prison with no chance of parole, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
When half of the voters in the survey are asked if the State Legislature’s decision to abolish the death penalty is a “good idea” or “bad idea,” they say “bad idea” 60 – 34 percent, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds.
When the other half of voters are asked about abolishing the death penalty and replacing it with life in prison with no chance of parole, they say “bad idea” 54 – 42 percent. Voters who attend religious services weekly say “good idea” 50 – 46 percent. Voters who attend services less frequently say “bad idea” 58 – 38 percent.
In deciding what to do with inmates currently on Connecticut’s Death Row:
• 49 percent of voters say do not abolish the death penalty at all;
• 25 percent say abolish the death penalty for all cases, including those on Death Row;
• 21 percent say abolish the death penalty only for future cases, not for current convicts.


A total of 37 percent of Connecticut voters say a legislator’s death penalty vote will be “extremely important” or “very important” to their vote in November’s legislative elections, and most of them are less likely to vote for a legislator who voted to abolish the death penalty.

Connecticut voters disapprove 49 – 32 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing, compared to 50 – 35 percent disapproval in a March 21 Quinnipiac University survey, before the death penalty repeal.
Voters disapprove 44 – 37 percent of the job Gov. Dannel Malloy is doing, compared to a 45 – 44 percent split March 21, Malloy’s best score since he took office in January 2011.
Connecticut voters support 70 – 28 percent raising the $8.25 per hour minimum wage. Support is 88 – 10 percent among Democrats and 69 – 28 percent among independent voters, while Republicans are divided 48 – 50 percent. Women support a hike 74 – 24 percent while men support it 65 – 33 percent.
Given several choices on the minimum wage:
• 34 percent of voters want to raise it to $9.25 per hour;
• 6 percent want to raise it to something less than $9.25 per hour;
• 27 percent want to raise it to more than $9.25 per hour;
• 28 percent want no increase.
Voters think 50 – 45 percent that small businesses will reduce the number of people they hire if the minimum wage is increased. Women agree 51 – 43 percent while men are divided 49 – 48 percent. A higher minimum wage will mean less hiring, Republicans think 65 – 32 percent and independent voters think 51 – 43 percent. Democrats don’t think there will be less hiring 57 – 36 percent.

From April 18 – 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,745 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.