July 2nd, 2008
12:15 PM ET
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Poll shows Connecticut is Obama country

CNN's Electoral map breakdown.

CNN's Electoral map breakdown.

(CNN) - John McCain has the backing of Connecticut's Democratic-turned-Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, but a new poll out Wednesday shows the state is decidedly Obama country.

According to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, Barack Obama is leading McCain in the state by more than 20 points, 56 percent to 35 percent. Much of that lead stems from the Illinois senator's 16 point advantage among independent voters in the state. He also pulls in 16 percent of Republicans there.

Connecticut has long tilted Democratic in presidential elections, and recent Republican White House hopefuls have often spent few resources there. It voted for John Kerry in 2004 by a margin of 10 points, and for Al Gore in 2000 by a 16 point margin. CNN considers the state's seven electoral votes safely in Obama's column.

The poll also provides further evidence that Lieberman, who bucked his former party late last year by endorsing McCain, holds little sway with voters in his home state when it comes to the presidential election. Even if McCain chose Lieberman as his No. 2, a prospect that most political observers agree is highly unlikely, only 14 percent of Connecticut voters said they would be more likely to vote for the Republican ticket.

Lieberman also appears to be hurting his own approval rating in Connecticut as he increasingly becomes one of McCain's most visible surrogates on the campaign trail.

Watch: Lieberman touts McCain

In a Quinnipiac poll released earlier this week, the Connecticut senator's job approval rating stood at 45 percent, the first time his it has dipped below the 50 percent line in that survey. Sixty-two percent of Connecticut Democrats now hold a negative view of their party’s Democratic vice presidential candidate.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. mitchell hussein martin

    lieberman should be recalled.he is a warmonger and fearmonger,who i hope ,is seeing his last term as a senator.he betrayed his party,his constituents,and this nation,in his quest to dominate the middle-east,as a surrogate for israel.

    July 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. ben

    Has anyone thought that if Obama becomes President, that the run of Baby Boomers in the White House is stopped at just two people (compared to the seven or so from the WWII generation)? Maybe the misplaced intensity of all of this can be seen as Hillary?s older (Boomer) supporters mistakenly interpreting the defeat of their candidate as an unjust repudiation of their entire generation. Considering some Baby Boomers have been known to take themselves entirely too seriously, it wouldn?t surprise me if this is playing a part in all of this.

    July 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Millard "Hussien" Filmore

    Lierberman is done in Connecticut which is why he is in John McCain's hip pocket. Except for a position in a McCain administration, Joe is out of politics.

    On a separate topic, Mrs. Obama is a lovely woman and will make a great 1st Lady. It is unfortunate that we've "dummed down" America so much that many folks say they have a negative impression of her.

    Clearly they've not interacted with the woman and are basing this on sound bites from her "I'm really proud" comments ... which by the way were cheered by the audience that heard them 1st hand.

    On an even handed basis, when I contrast that with John McCain stating that " I didn't love my country until I was a POW", I Michelle's comment is even more innoculous.

    July 2, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Ben

    I knew I liked Connecticut-Obama 08.


    July 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. PJ Independent, New York

    Enough with the polls already! Let's just wait till November!!

    July 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. s katz

    Joe Lieberman is reviled for a good reason. It's a shame that so many Democrats of national stature insisted on supporting this man in the primaries. Lieberman will be out of politics permanently in 2012, no one will have him, and no one should be forced to have him.

    Not even the Republicans.

    July 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Tony

    When all is said and done it's going to be the Northeast, the Left Coast, and Illinois for Obama and everybody else will be for McCain.

    McCain's the best campaigner out of this entire presidential race, so I don't think he'll have to much of a problem swaying the swing states and even some of the blue-leaning states. Obama has always been the presumed Democratic candidate, but the media thought Americans wouldn't vote black. Despite the heavy favoritism, it still took him 6 months to get nominated. McCain on the other hand had to come from the back of the pack and annihilated his competition by securing the nominations months before Obama.

    July 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Anita from Arizona

    Good news for Obama. Yes We Can!!

    July 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. ET from OMAHA

    At this speed the only state that will be left for McBush to win is TEXAS.
    Anyway after his lost in November Mcsame will work in OBAMA administration as Secretary of Vietnam Veteran's Affaires. LoL

    July 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. white people for obama

    so who cares what "droopy the dog" thinks. Oh Sorry I mean Lieberman!

    Lieberman is interested in destroying muslim countries for no reason that is all he cares about.

    July 2, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Texans for Obama

    This does not surprise me. Lieberman is a hypocrite. Please, with the economy the way it is and getting worse I would not vote for a Republican. Look at the mess in America! I don't trust John McCain and there are many people who are just like myself. John McCain doesn't know anything about the economy. We will all go broke and lose our jobs. The terrorist scare tactics do not work with me. I am a former military brat. My dad is a 21 year veteran. I know all about the military. Yes we can and will!

    July 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Nicole in NE

    I don't think they'll be going for Lieberman after this election!

    Obama 08'

    July 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Doug

    Joe Lieberman needs to walk away into the night. If his idea of what the Democratic party should be was correct, he'd be the out-going vice-president right now. But he's not. In this voter's view, that's because Joe has the personality of an oyster and he seems to be wiling to send troops off to die willy-nilly. Sounds like a republican to me, even though he claims to be independent.

    Joe should accentuate the things that used to make him a democrat, whatever they may be. HIs veiled republican-ism just doesn't wash.

    July 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Clinton/McCain

    This is no surprise. Pennsylvania is McCain country, however, and will cause our illegitimate Democratic nominee, Obama, to lose.

    July 2, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Stephy

    Connecticut sincerely apologizes for reelecting this man while we knew he was going in the wrong direction...

    July 2, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Linda31

    Liberman better be careful, looks like he might not have a job next time he runs if his approval rating continues to drop.

    July 2, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Obama for President

    I am from Connecticut and I fully agree. Lot of Obama supporters at work and all around the state

    July 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Oh I get it-you're talking about when Lieberman was VP candidate in 2004.

    A lot has changed since 2004. And Gore is not running–and Obama and Gore are vastly different on their philosophies regarding Iraq.

    July 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. mary wendy roberts of Oregon

    Conneticut is also the state of former presidential candidate, Senator Chris Dodd who is an able and respected Obama supporter who has spoken out convincingly for him. Dodds ' 25 years representing Connecticut , his strong advocacy for children and families and his service on the Foreign Relations Committee has given him credibility that trumps
    Lieberman's endorsement of McCain.

    July 2, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Trying...

    Trying to keep it artificially close? Every poll out there shows McCain way up in Florida. McCain will win bigger in Florida and Virginia (listed as toss-ups) than Obama will in Pennsylvania (listed as leaning liberal).

    July 2, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Great news!

    July 2, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Bob

    Connecticut was always going to go for Obama........he even beat Clinton in that state during the primaries. Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania should all be solids for Obama as well........no way are they going to go for Mccain.

    July 2, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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    July 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. John

    Start looking for a new Job Joe L. cause your not going to be in politics much longer..

    July 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Kiah

    Well isn't that a shocker. With a snake like Lieberman leading the attack front it should be no surprise that CT is Obama's. Seeing that HE did help get Lieberman elected all for him to turn on Obama in the end.

    But oh well.

    Obama '08!

    July 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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