Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Republican Senator from Connecticut

Lieberman Has Big Lead, Especially With Republicans, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Connecticut Voters Give Bush, Iraq War Low Marks

Despite strong opposition to the war in Iraq and low approval ratings for President George W. Bush, Connecticut voters approve of U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman 62 - 24 percent and say 64 - 24 percent that he should be reelected, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Republicans say give Democrat Lieberman another term 75 - 18 percent, while Democrats favor his reelection 59 - 29 percent and independent voters back him 61 - 24 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.
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"Sen. Joseph Lieberman's overall approval rating has dropped 11 points in the last year, but a 62 percent approval is a good place for an incumbent to be as he starts his reelection year," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.

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"While Sen. Lieberman has lost support among some Democrats, probably because of his strong support for the war in Iraq, he helps make up for it with support from Republicans," Dr. Schwartz added.
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While only 41 percent of Connecticut voters agree with Lieberman's support for the war in Iraq, and 51 percent disagree, only 24 percent of voters disagree strongly enough to vote against the incumbent on just that issue.

Going to war in Iraq was the wrong thing to do, voters say 60 - 35 percent, the lowest Connecticut support for the war in Iraq measured by Quinnipiac University.

Connecticut voters disapprove 61 - 35 percent of the job President Bush is doing, his lowest approval in the state, and disapprove 64 - 32 percent of the way the President is handling the war in Iraq.

I understand that there are lotsa rock-ribbed Republicans in CT along with a bunch of publicly-liberal, well-monied types who may or may not go Blue in the privacy of the voting booth, but only one in four voters are persuaded that his complicity with an illegitimate war is reason enough to toss him out on his ass? What are these people thinking?

The only encouraging note is the response to a question buried in the data suggesting that Democrats--presumably even some that approve of Lieberman's performance--are open to trading up. His Asshattedness had a thin majority to the question "Would you like to see the Democrats nominate Joseph Lieberman for United States Senator or would you rather see the Democrats nominate someone else?" (52%, v. 39% against and 9% Don't Know/ Undecided). A viable alternative needs to step forward pretty quickly before the Return of the Joementum comes back to bite the Dems on the butt this time.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Lieberman's more in step with the Likud Party. Easy enough to mistake for Republicans nowadays.

4:12 PM  

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