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. Young People Vote

    Not that I am a follower of polls because I have never been polled once but OBAMA will win in November and we as Americans will win in 2008!!!

    You want to know who wins if McCain is president…McCain, McBush, McChenney, McRepublicans

    Obama is for us all…OBAMA 08!!!

    July 2, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Noah

    Wow big surprise! Connecticut going Obama is pretty much expected.

    Republicans and so called PUMA “Democrats.” Will be delivered a big upset when he sweeps Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia, and North Dakota

    GOBAMA 2008!!!!

    July 2, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Peggy - Tx

    Lieberman is a real go getter who has worked hard for his state, but his loyalties are questionable. The Interest of Israel and The U.S may be aligned, but are not the identical. Israel would like to have the US fight its battles, even when America’s best interest is clearly not being served. And Lieberman’s support for the war Iraq war and the pro-war candidate McCain makes me question his loyalties to the United States verses his loyalties to Israel.

    July 2, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Paul, CA


    July 2, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Bulldog

    McCon and Bush sharing the same campaign teams. NOOOOO. How can that be? McCon says he is not like Bush. But they share policies, resources, and strategies. America is in it's worst condition in my lifetime thanks to this HORRIBLE administration. People have to choose between gas or food. We are in debt to China more than we can handle. We are in two wars, one of which has been forgotten about but is more important and our soldiers are dying at record numbers there. We can't take care of our own disasters here at home because the "surge" has been sent to Iraq along with the needed equipment we need here at home. The economy is in shambles but the wealthy are wealthier than they ever have been. And you want to vote for someone who will continue down the same road? Please explain.

    July 2, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |

    Is this surprising? This state always goes blue. If Mickey Mouse was on the ballot and democrat was next to his name, they would vote for him. The whole state is a bunch of rich, white, far-left, latte drinking liberals...

    I wish us hard working, moderate democrats who are really struggling, would have had our voices heard.

    I guess we will be heard in Nov.


    July 2, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Sean From CT

    Yeah, go CT! Set the example.

    July 2, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Marilyn, DC

    Thanks Connecticut, see you on election day.

    Obama 08

    July 2, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Anne

    No one has calledme or my family either, Mollyof2. I am going to vote
    for Senator Obama. Oh well. But, why are the media not looking at McCain more thoroughly and acutely than SenatorObama? Obama cannot make a move without the media commenting on and discussing what his each word and movement could mean politically.
    I admire Senator McCain certainly. But you are treating him specially,
    differently, it seems, because you are afraid to be criticized for saying
    something slightly negative. You must realize that Senator in more than a war hero and a good man. Someone better start revealing the
    OTHER parts of the man, and those might be criticized also.

    July 2, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. MIKE

    Why would this suprise any one????
    Lieberman turned his back on the Democratic People in 06. Sounds like he should plan on retirement in 12. Don't think the people of Conn will be fooled twice.

    July 2, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. LB

    Give it up Liberman

    July 2, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Susan, PA

    End of career for Lieberman ? I hope and pray so.

    July 2, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Mike B In Belleville, Il

    Wake up and smell the coffee.

    July 2, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. 5pink

    America is Obama country. We will crush the fascist republican machine into the ground with our latte soaked hemp sandals.

    July 2, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Functionality?

    Could we possibly play with this map like you let us play with the primary maps? I've got some projections of my own i'd like to see on the map.

    July 2, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Michael

    OOh, Generation X. We are afraid. About as afraid when Carter, Dukakis, Mondale, and Kerry had similar leads. Who won those campaigns? I think it was, to use the graphic style of mindless Obama supporters, REPUBLICANS! But perhaps you suffer from historical amnesia.

    July 2, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. CW4Barak

    Not only CT, but also the rest of the country! Go Obama!

    July 2, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. b Jiggy

    y do people claim Obama is a racist? He's half black and half white...who is he racist against? U gotta be kidding me if u say he's racist against whites, such as his mother.


    July 2, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Tim, Seattle

    Is it open season on PUMA's yet? Time to thin the herd.
    Hey Chuck, Hillary lost...man up and Get Over It!

    July 2, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Marc PDX

    Shocking! Connecticut is going Democrat?

    July 2, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. John

    This is going to be a land side

    July 2, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Scott, NY NY

    You hear that sound? It's the Obama tsunami and it's coming to America in November.

    July 2, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. someone

    GO OBAMA!! mcsame is probably under his bed crying

    July 2, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Marc PDX

    @Gen X: we are afraid, trust me. Your guy will win and, well, you'll find out in about two years what that will mean. But you'll blame the past president for your guys incompetence (usual dimocrat procedure). Hint: once you guy is responsible, he is responsible. Blaming history is abrogating responsibility. If you can't accept responsibility, don't seek it. (You will be hearing this a lot over the next four years. Get used to it!)

    July 2, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Enough already!

    Of course Obama is leading in these toss up states. It's just not Bush people, after all, Bush couldn't have done what he did without his Republicans out-voting the Democrat's efforts to block Bush's agenda!

    McCain carries the same failed goals and policies as Bush does…enough already!

    July 2, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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