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. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    Most Of The Country Is Obama Country!

    July 2, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Joe "Remora" Liberman has attached himself to the wrong shark.

    July 2, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. The Bu

    I hate these polls. I hope nobody lets their guard down between now and November because you know that is what the Republicans are waiting for. Keep pressing, regardless, Barack.

    July 2, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Matt from CT

    It is great to see Connecticut actually get some coverage besides just about Joe Lieberman bashing Obama. Lieberman DEFINITELY does not speak for the state as a whole and he lost my vote if he ever considers re-election.

    Obama '08

    July 2, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Loretta from California

    No surprise......very intelligent people live in Connecticut. I've always been impressed by them.


    July 2, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Mike - Texas

    Hey Franky

    16% of the 100 or so republican voters in Conneticut only adds up to 16 votes.

    Conneticut has voted for a liberal for everyone except President Ronald Reagan.

    July 2, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Doris,Memphis,TN

    People get ready, a train is coming!
    You don't need no baggage, you just come along!

    Obama/ Biden 2008-2016 Choo! Choo!

    July 2, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    dose anyone remember the last time that state voted republican. Why is it news that Obama is leading a state that you have marked a safe state for Obama.

    July 2, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Dave

    Chuck wasn't this the same university / poll that your kind was touting when you crying about her being more electable?


    July 2, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Justmyopinion2008

    Unfortunately Joe Lieberman is a disgrace, he is showing his real character by attacking Sen. Obama falsely for political reasons just to help his flip flopper friend Sen. McCain. By the time this election race is over he would have destroyed his political career that he will never have a chance anywhere to come back to ever!
    Evils that men do lives after them and will come back to hunt them! Joe Lieberman and Sen. McCain you can waist your energy, time and money but you are not going to fool voters this time because they all know what you are up to and they will pay you back big time come November!

    July 2, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. RJ from NJ

    Whats this?!
    Connecticut leaning toward BLUE for the umpteenth time?

    July 2, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. puff

    I don't recall having to go thru CT to win the GE. Why is this even news? Next they'll be telling us he is up by 20 in Hawaii. Big deal!
    PUMA – remeber obama, you were selected, not ELECTED.

    July 2, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Tim Hutchins

    I respect Sen Lieberman. He votes for what he thinks is best for USA, not for the party. Democrats don't like that.

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

    and then many other states will follow.

    July 2, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Krystyn

    I'm curious to know why the school is being labeled as a far left university? Because its located in New England? I haven't seemed to find anything to support that declaration...and I'm genuinely curious.

    July 2, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. syl

    There is a story that Obama's campaign staff lied about receivving special consideration for his mortgage loan. Does CNN know anything about this story? And if you do, would you please let your listeners/readers know about this?

    July 2, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. LJ in Cypress

    Could'nt happen to a more deserving guy...the down-spiralling of lieberman in hishome state. I've always wondred why the media and others don't point out how obvious it is that a Jewish Congressman, who otherwise was a good democrat, would elevate his interest in Israeli issues to such a high degree, that he would become totally estranged from his historical political allys, and promote the presidency of a republican.

    July 2, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Phil, FL

    I hope it puts Lieberman out of a job. He's a strong supporter of fear-mongering mcshame, and that's a no no.

    Maybe Connecticut will wise up after this election season.

    July 2, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Nick

    Speak for yourself Stephy - I voted for Ned Lamont in the primary and the general. It was the Republicans who dragged Lieberman across the finish line, not Democrats. Once again, Republicans owe the country an apology.

    July 2, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. VM

    Is Lieberman one of McCain's unforced errors?

    July 2, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Stud

    A lot of those yellow state should be light blue but CNN doesn't want to show a blow out yet.

    July 2, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Jeremy

    The average American is sick of being forgotten in the politics of the GOP. After 8 years of failed war policies, economic recession, and rising cost of fuel and food, voters are once again paying attention to the issues that concern America. The usual GOP tricks of mudslinging and lies (Swiftboat, anyone?) will not work this year. Sorry GOP, your time has come.

    Obama '08

    July 2, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Ken Pittsburgh

    someone should tell Sen Joe. that his state may have a terrror message of their own And why is McCain campagning outside the US noone put him in charge yet?

    July 2, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Mike

    The whole nation is Obama country. Republicans, take your ruined economy and your foolish war and leave.

    July 2, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Phil, FL

    OOps !!!! McHardOfHearing needs LIEberman to give him the answers to the questions. Doesn't matter what the questions are.

    Wonder if the two went to Columbia together? Can give away twice as many US jobs if they did.

    July 2, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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