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. Marc

    That quote does not indicate he has a 16 point lead amongst Republicans; rather, it indicates that 16 percent of Republicans said they'd vote for him against McCain. Meaning more than four out of every five Republicans would not vote for Obama. Nevertheless, 16 percent seems like a healthy number.

    By contrast, your analysis of the statistic about independents is correct.


    July 2, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Total Northern California Democrat for Obama

    Not surprising – since Ned Lamont was micro inches away from taking Lieberman's gig from him. Lieberman may as well come right out and announce that he is a Republican. He is NOT a democrat. It is so hard to believe that he was on a ticket with Al Gore.

    July 2, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Oregon

    Lieberman's defect is . . . he puts Israeli interests before American interests. Lieberman doesn't care if U.S. wastes lives and money in Iraq . . . so long as it makes Israel happy.

    July 2, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Montana is Obama Country

    ........ So IS... MONTANA...!!!

    Montana is OBAMA Country.. I've been say'n that for months now..

    Yes... >WE< ...Can.... !!!

    July 2, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Kansas for Obama

    Connecticut is one of many that will be turning blue before November.

    "I smell......victory" gObama!

    July 2, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Debby

    Well I don't know where you are polling maybe the North End of Hartford but the Eastern half of the state isn't Obamaland thats for sure. CT is loaded with colleges to so that might figure into who and where they polled. Lets see if all the college kids come out in Nov. to vote.

    July 2, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Mike Hussein, NE

    Hey republicans, is your favorite word flip flop? It worked in 2004 so you think you can bring it back and use it again in 08? I don't think so, Sen. Obama is no John Kerry, and the voters will see through your low blow attacks. The only things you guys keep complaining about is a flag pin, a fake muslim rumor, and his wife. GET OVER IT! You are just worried because you aren't enthusiastic about your own candidate like we are about Obama. People constantly ask what his positions are without even taking the time to go to his website and read them. Pull your heads out people and have some common sense.

    Obama 08' 12'

    July 2, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Theresa in Georgia

    Is there a politician in Connecticut that can unseat Liebermann??? i am so sick of hearing and seeing him. What has he done for Conecticut lately??

    July 2, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Laughing

    LOL at all the Obama fans who treat him like a rock star.

    No credentials, no message, no love for his country....sure lets elect him.

    LOL crazy liberals!

    July 2, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. sweet pea

    If Connecticut had the power to recall the arrogant, self absorbed
    Lieber-me he would not longer be in the Senate. Connecticut residents realize now that they made a terrible mistake in voting for him during the general election.

    July 2, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Call me HUSSEIN Michigan

    Can anyone say TWOFER!!!

    Beating McNuts and Joe (I like McNuts) Lieberman

    WHAT A DAY!!!!

    July 2, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Crush Rush

    Do you think the Republicans are starting to feel like the"we never cheated"New England Patriots?

    July 2, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Carl from MI

    You know... by November this will be the common theme in every state!! McCain is gonna suffer one of the worst LANDSLIDE elections in our nation's history.

    Maybe Charlie Black can save the election for him by arranging a 'fresh terrorist attack' on our nation. I'm sure by now Osama heard the comment and is frothing at the mouth for another shot at one of our nation's skyscrapers... way to go, Republicans! Why don't you throw ANOTHER log of fear on the fire!!

    July 2, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Logtaads

    I am much entertained by Obamanite comments above. Who gives a rat's ... that Connecticut supports Obama rather than McCain.

    Liberals supporting liberals, no surprise here.

    Wonder what excuse the Obamanites will use when their guy is President and "Hope and Change" aren't quite what they hoped for. I guess they can always fall back on the guy that was president prior.

    July 2, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Tully

    now i know why i moved out of ct

    July 2, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. skunkrat The Marine

    Sounds Good, now all we have to do is strip Turncoat Lieberman of his Chairmanship in Jan. and tell him to join his true party; the REPUKES.

    July 2, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Who want to know?

    WOW! Imagine if Joe-Blow LIEberman stayed on the DEMS side...

    Obama/Powell 2008 & 2012

    July 2, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. MW

    Your map continues to be slightly tilted toward McCain, compared to the actual poll data, with one major exception. No one, not 538 (D), Rasmusen (basically R), RCP (R), thinks that NM leans R. If you have a broad toss-up category, fine. If you want to ignore the poll data and put IN as leans R rather than toss-up, or even IA as toss-up rather than leans D that's ok, you could make arguments for it. But to have NM switch from polling D all the way past your broad toss-up group to leans R is just nuts. What is your justification? What is your motive?

    July 2, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. @HusseinIsAmerican2


    YES WE CAN!!!!!

    July 2, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Kirk in upstate New York

    Lieberman sure has gone through a transformation. I think he is GREATLY affected by the Middle East, and his attraction toward blind defense against all things Muslim are beginning to seriously hinder his ability to do his job as a Senator and to make a positive political impact for any party.

    I wasn't a huge fan of his when he was a Dem Veep candidate, conversely I didn't have anything against him either. It seems as though the war in Iraq will be his defining issue.

    And look how that's working out for George Bush.

    July 2, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Obama / Clinton 2008

    Joe Liebermann can hang out with McNugget all he wants, it won't change a thing in Connecticut.

    I can't believe I voted for that Loserman 8 years ago.

    July 2, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Ian

    Woohoo! It's awesome to see so many Americans rallying around Obama. This guy is all about change. He's totally going to change the way politics run....and destroy this country in a totally different way.

    July 2, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. tiea dublin

    To think that when Liberman was running low in the polls aganst his democratic oponent he asked for Obamas endorsment, and Obama step up now he has become McCain attack dog and turning his back on the people of Conn. This seesm to be the nature of all McCain flipflopping spin creating buddies, the women who serve up the spin on the nightly media circut remind me of the stefford women lost in some hypnotic trance. Glazing out at the camara repeating the same barage of McCain trash. and Liberman the leader and trader of the cult. When the good people of Connecticut goes to the polls hopefully both independents and democracts give Liberman his walking papers

    July 2, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. Wayne

    Only fools are supporting McSame an his policies, if he has any. Nobody knows what he stands for with his flip-flops.

    Americans and the world are waiting for real changes which only
    Obamna is able to deliver.

    Obama 08

    July 2, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Bill

    The far left rasmussen has the race at Obama 52, McCain 35. So yeah, not just a "far left university"

    July 2, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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