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. Can we just be American?

    God Bless America... in 2008 I did not think that America was ready for a President of color but gosh darn it the polls state differently ... the reason I love my country so much is that Americans love our Country more then any under tone bias we may have.... and the polls are showing that. The scare tactics is not working any more, can not threaten us with our safety ... Can't make Michelle Obama into some monster... we love Michelle.... all the dirty good old boy politics are going to the wayside it is a new time, a new era and it is detrimental to our Country that Americans change from the old way of thinking... we need to take care of home ... and deal with the domestic issues... heck we was first to go to the moon we can be first to discover viable alternative energies that we can market to the world and employee our hard working Americans... we can fix the infrastructure of our country and prepare for natural disasters that for sure will come... we can ensure anyone who needs to see a doctor can... there is so much we can do in our own country before we venture out and try to fix other countries and fight in a war to no avail ... bring our children, fathers and mothers home.... no more! The light bulb is on and just common American folks – the back bone of this Country see the light!

    Obama 08

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

    I have lost alot of sleep worrying about who would carry the state of Conneticut as if a lead in the polls in that state signifies anything.

    July 2, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. David

    Yes it is true. There are alot of Republicans who plan to vote for Barack Obama. However the media don't want to talk about.

    Obama '08

    July 2, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. 2 BLIND MICE!!!

    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.....................
    BLIND leading the BLIND.........McCain switching his Staff around and depending on Lieberman and he didn't get rid of BLACK

    July 2, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. susie

    If you look at the red / blue state map all of the North East liberals and West Coast liberals (or socialists) are for Obama. The Heartland of America is for McCain.

    If Obams is elected I hope all of us that work for a living enjoy paying more taxes so those on welfare have no incentive to get a job. We who work will have to support those who receive life long welfare "benefits" along with supporting our own families.

    Tax rebates for those who don't even pay taxes - what a joke.

    July 2, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Sonny

    Finito!!!!!! MSame is finished!!!

    July 2, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Michele Hussein, Oregon

    Peter: I hope that Oregon does in fact turn out to be Obama Country too. Portland did great!!!!! Lots of rural areas though that promoted sundowner communities. Pray that is behind us! Let's keep working hard!

    Good news about Connecticut, but not unexpected.

    July 2, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. geecee827

    Hee, hee, hee. LOVE IT!

    July 2, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Wang LI

    Go Obama !

    July 2, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Eileen from Maine

    The people from Connecticut have a chance to redeem themselves after voting for Lieberman.

    July 2, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Republican hater man

    hope OB can pull it out in nov...............god help if the repubs and their draconian way of governing should win again

    July 2, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. RB

    I can't wait for Obama to win, Repugnatcans will also loose heavily in both houses, maneing Kermit the Frog Liberman will so marginalized his career will be over.

    And not a day too soon! Joe will of course end up at some lobby firm tryhing to screw Americans

    July 2, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. gary


    July 2, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Tom - Pennsylvania

    Don't release these polls favoring Obama to quickly, it might take some of the momentum off the campaign. We need something to keep us interested in the race.

    July 2, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. J, Denver CO

    Go Obama!

    July 2, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Joe Reg

    It is shaping up to be that way on the diplomatic front as well.

    With Obama, our tasks will be easier to bring other countries on board to spread democraty around the world and to secure and protect our interests as well. (O.B. country=O.B. world)

    Obama 08 & 12.

    July 2, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Mike in NYC

    No surprise that CT is going strongly for BO. Most whites there live blissfully removed from "urban" realities, and have the luxury of being "progressive" and "tolerant." That goes for Repubs, as well as Democrats.

    New Jersey will be a more interesting case.

    July 2, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. MARYANN Oswego IL

    I was born in Ct and I cannot remember when CT voted REPUBLICAN in a PRESIDENTIAL election..How is this news?????? I am older than most of OBAMA's crowd but not senile yet!!!!!

    July 2, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain-Pa

    Connecticut come on its a democratic state Did Anyone honestly think it was in play. Its like obama thinking hes going to carry the south–including virginia. Kerry polled competitively in many of these states summer of 04'

    Lets wait and see what the october polls have to say....

    July 2, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. CLINTON 08 VP


    OBAMA (P) & CLINTON (VP) 2008-2014


    July 2, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. PF

    The attack on Quinnipiac is just a silly "blame the messenger" thing. They have one of the more accurate polls out there.

    For CNN – why is New Mexico listed as leans Republican?

    Of the 8 polls out, there's one McCain lead, one tie, and six Obama leads – all 5 points or more.

    July 2, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    No more phony Joe "Show" LIEberman

    Rock on Obama!

    July 2, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. mo


    July 2, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Greg F.

    Transplanted to CT from ND...I am not an Obama fan...he is just a product presented to us by the DNC..it is marketing 101...I need more realism in my choice.

    July 2, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. ron

    Connecticut beware.
    now they are even stealing our national anthem. what next

    July 2, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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