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

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(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. rick

    they deserve him. i would not brag about it. obama is such a loser. he flip-flops more than john kerry does. Connniticutt can keep him, what kind of people vote for

    July 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Wow, a New England state is leaning heavily toward a Democratic candidate for president. Next we'll be seeing stories on here how fish actually live in the ocean. Next big news story will be Obama's margin in Rhode Island, or maybe a late breaker that the Pope is Catholic.

    Come on.

    July 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. brenda

    connecticut is a non issue. it wont make or break the election. people there cling to their guns and religion but they are also too stupid to care. they have always voted democrat and so its not a surprise that they will do it again this year. DUH!

    July 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Dave in Houston

    Pssst. Texas is going to go blue! Mr. McCain, you'd better start spending lots of time and money here if you hope to keep Texas going the same way as your mentor, W. Bush. Are you going to come here and tell us you are going to be the same as Bush or that he sucks and you are going a different direction? In either case, you are going to alienate part of the base. Democrats are out-hustling your confused and demoralized folks, and you are due for a nasty surprise in November.

    July 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. David Goldman





    July 2, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Saad from NJ

    I respect Senator McCain but not as a President. So this poll is good news. Does not guarantee anything but kinda sorta shows the trend.

    July 2, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. randy

    Yes we can.joe liberman in your face.

    July 2, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. John in Ohio

    Why hasn't Obama yet agreed to a debate with McCain?

    Is it because in 2004 there were no debates until after the respective party conventions, with the first presidential debate being held in September?

    Is it because both nominees are still the "presumptive" nominees of their respective parties?

    Actually, that's probably it. In fact (and I know this will break the heart of McCain supporters just looking for something, anything, on which to attack Obama) the last two presidential elections only had 4 debates each. There were 3 presidential debates and 1 vice presidential debate. In 2000, the first debate was on October 3rd, and they were all wrapped up by October 17th. In 2004, the first debate was on September 30th. In 1996, there were only 2 debates, both in October.

    In fact, in the entire history of televised presidential debates (going back to Kennedy versus Nixon in 1960), there has never been a presidential debate earlier then September 23rd.

    So why do so many screeching strident McCain supporters want to have debates earlier? Why do they want to fill the months between now and november with an endless series of monotonous debates? Oh, that's right, it's because McCain has no money and needs the free publicity and the free airtime.

    Aw, too bad.

    July 2, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Fella from Chicago

    This proves what in a Democratic state that's always voted Democrat. This was never a toss-up state. Not a surprise and not newsworthy. I'll go back to sleep until there's an announcement coming from the likes of Florida and Ohio.

    July 2, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    SurveyUSA show Lieberman as a liability for McCain in every state. I believe Lieberman cost Gore the close election. People are still somewhat racial, and Lieberman is a Jew. I believe race will play a part in this election as well. It is sad, but none the less, true.

    July 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Jerry

    Beware of Republican acting like Hillary supporters and trying to divide the party. STAY UNITE. As Hillary supporters, we have more to lose with McCain. We should vote Democrat. STAY UNITE.

    July 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. dbacchus

    Down with Lie-berman

    July 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. independent voter

    Gee, I hope we don't end up with obama, a weak, inexperienced individual!

    Maybe we will, with so many following a fluff head.

    July 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Chut Pata

    Let Lieberman lose once more, this time with McSame. When he will play sore like he did in 2000, we can call the campaign "Same-Loserman-2008".


    July 2, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. JIMBO

    These Quinnipac polls always show Obama with a huge lead while many others show the race as being very close. I think the Quinnipac people are infiltrated by the BAM BAM cheerleaders just like much of the liberal media was BEFORE Bam Bam started to be vetted properly. Now Quinnipac do us all a favor...Find Bam Bams REAL birth certificate and show us the front and the back with the proper seal on it....and also why is the certificate number blackened out ?? Its no secret he was born SOMEWHERE and its no secret that there is a ceritifcation number so why all the secrecy ?????

    Quinnipac people aka Bam Bam cult members....... The Messiah is losing his luster ...too funny...

    July 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Steve Nesich

    Everyone I know in Connecticut is angry at Lieberman. They feel he lied to them in order to retain his seat in the Senate. Most can't wait to get back at him in 2012. He's going to be in some trouble. I think Lieberman will look at the polls and decline to run again.

    July 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Klaus

    "A far left liberal university polls and the far left candidate is the winner?"

    Alright, by all means, encourage McCain to invest time and resources in Connecticut. Seriously, go ahead!

    July 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Francesca

    I'm feeling a landslide win by OBAMA.

    July 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Jay, NM

    I thought racism is over and I still believe that. But some people want to keep it alive for opportunistic advantage. Look, how Obama used it to gain nomination! When he does it "it's nature of political campaign" but when others do it–"it's same old politics".!!!!!

    July 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Russ

    I think the country is in for a very big surprise in November........This longtime TEXAS Republican is voting for Obama. I promise you I am not the only one! McCain is a good man, but not presidential material and far too old for the job. We cannot afford to have our reputation as a country sink any deeper around the world...........It will with McCain.

    Obama '08

    July 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. Muckinello

    Polling by Quinnipiac may be tilted left but then again the may have understood the real mix of this fall voters. I see plenty of new voters this fall who are overwhelmingly for Obama. These voters are hard to poll since they are not showing up on historic lists. Quinnipiac may be tilted but it may be right at the end.

    July 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Tammy - KCMO

    Hey McCain – maybe you should cut Lieberman loose!
    Nevermind, he's helping us out 🙂

    July 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. DJ, LA, CA

    No surprise for CT really. The South is where the real test will be. Obama has got to start focusing more on the core Red states.

    July 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Bulldog

    Lieberman makes me sick. He better be praying his heart out that Obama doesn't win or else Lieberman will be very lonely in the corner for the next 4 years. Lieberman is a scumbag who traded in his party because of his love for Israel and hatred toward Iran. If Lieberman had his way he would be more than willing to sacrifice our soldiers lives by attacking Iran over his lust for Israel.

    July 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Linda in Va

    McCain should keep campaigning outside the United States and the percentages could really show us where the people stand.

    July 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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