(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.
Well what is expected. Joe Liberman is a total sell out. Maybe he wants another chance at the VP – McCain/Liberman what a hoot!
Chuck July 2nd, 2008 12:52 pm ET
A far left liberal university polls and the far left candidate is the winner?
-My God you PUMAs are like a plague of idiocy....Quinnipiac is a very distinguished polling authority...think before you type the usual verbal diarrhea
OBAMA / SEBELIUS -08!
This, of course, is no surprise. What is surprising is that Lieberman was re-elected.
McCain has a serious problem if Obama is leading with Independents, and even gaining 16% of republicans.
Granted this state has a long track record of voting democratic, which we can account the independent lead to. But the 16% of republicans moving to Obama is a HUGE alarm that should be going off for the McCain camp.
I will also concede that this state has first hand knowledge of how horrid a person Leiberman is, and as such has a complete distain for any of his proven poor judgement, up to and including his presidential support. I can't say they are wrong either, just listen to Leiberman, and choose the opposite, you will always be right.
Take the AOL Straw poll for president – redone every week, and currently over 200,000 votes. Better than 1300 or 1900 or however many these other polls sample. And it's AOL – not a liberal university, not a conservative university – a truer cross section.
"Generation X" – be afraid – be very afraid.
Quinnipiac also happens to be one of the most widely respected surveyers by both sides. Only those who have no experience with statistics and/or surveys criticize polls from established and proven firms.
Poor Uneducated Miserable Adults...
Get a grip.
Lieberman is the ultimate flip-flopper.....McCain and he are perfect for each other....Any credibility Lieberman ever had is long gone
Oregon is Obama Country too. Let it be known. Most of us don't care much for the John Keating 5 McCain style politics here in these parts.
why is this news
New Hampshire is the only state in New England that McCain has a shot
and i don't think he will.
as far as polls go, I don't trust CNN or Gallop because
they don't have the correct turn out figures
so the numbers are going to be high
look at the turn out when both primaries were
competitive often the winner of the democratic primary had more votes
then the whole republican votes combined.
they are going to be high
if this was Florida, Ohio, or Iowa or any state in the south outside of Virginia this would be news
sucks to be the editor of the political ticker now huh
CT is my state!
We DISLIKE Liberman – he is a fool
But the biggest fool is McSame...
This is OBAMA COUNTRY ANYDAY!
Noooo a rich educated state for Obama? Cant be! and your telling me and uneducated poor state like Miss. is going to be decidely for McCain? Yup! Conservatives get what they deserve for voting republican. You get a poor economy and lack of jobs. We Liberals get what we deserve a great President like BARACK!
LET'S GO CONNECTICUT!!! OBAMA 08!!!
That simply means that war mongering Lieberman is no longer relevant in his own state. He knows that, come November, he'll lose his committee chairmanship in the Senate, and will be excluded from the Democratic caucus, as the Democrats gain a stronger control of the Senate.
Just a few notes here. Hillary Clinton won West Virginia by 30+ points. I think we can be fairly certain that this state isn't "Leaning McCain." It is McCain. In addition, if you look at states where Hillary won the majority of the vote by large margins, they are going to be more prone to vote for McCain then Obama. Since Hillary was closer to the middle then Obama, I doubt that they would vere left.
Then again, since I started voting in 1980, the media always had the Democrat candidate so far ahead at this point in time. Remember Kerry in 2004? He was leading Bush by 30 points. And Al Gore in 2000? Also up by over 20 points.
PUMA, when McCain discontinue your social security/ disability check, you are going to be in real TROUBLE!!! VOTE OBAMA 08.
Yea, we've heard your "Obama polls" before.
McCain 2008 Hillary 2012
I don't like Obama, but I am glad the people of Connecticut are seeing Leiberman for what he is and have not cared that he endorsed McCain.
Leiberman's devotion is Israel. He should pack-up and leave America, that is the reason he wants to start a war with Iran.
I get a kick out of the people who dismiss the polls when they disagree with the outcome. Invariably people who don't know anyting about polling, I am especialy amused when they say - "that can't be true, none of MY friends like Obama (or fill in the blank).
Newsflash for Chuck: ALL universities lean left, because education = liberal thinking, while uneducated = conservative fear of change.
"Far Left University?" Does Chuck even know what far left is? This country has no Left, let alone a "Far" left. It's called Centrist. The US is so Far Right the center looks Left to them. A small amount of reading will explain the political spectrum to those that have no understanding of it.
Lieberman, the Democratic-turned-Independent senator from where? Connecticut? He might as well be from Pluto, hatched from a pod left here by some alien ship – on purpose. He didn’t have much sway with them, either.
Now all Connecticut has to do is to dump Lieberman that disloyal, irrelevant political opportunist who will go whichever way he thinks will benefit him most. Unfortunately, Connecticut, New England and the U.S. will be stuck with him for a few more years. Perhaps both sides of the aisle will find a nice place for him alone in a back closet of the Senate chambers.
You have every right ti be a PUMA but you have very little influence. There are more than just that one poll in Connecticut that show Obama has a huge lead in Connecticut. I like Obama's strategy as far as going after states that have traditionally voted Republican. Why should he give up any states? Go after them all. If Obama asks for the vote in some of the red states, maybe he can win some of them. YES HE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great–now if we could just get the good people of Connecticut to dump the vile Lie-berman next time......