July 23rd, 2009
09:19 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Dodd on the rebound?

A new poll suggests a possible rebound for Sen. Dodd.
A new poll suggests a possible rebound for Sen. Dodd.

(CNN) - A new poll of Connecticut voters indicates that Senator Christopher Dodd's approval rating is on the rise, but still in negative territory.

Forty-two percent of people questioned in a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday morning say they approve of how Dodd is handling his duties as senator, up nine points from April. But 52 percent disapprove of the job Dodd's doing in office.

The poll suggests Dodd is still struggling with independent voters, with six in 10 giving the five term Democratic senator who's up for re-election next year a thumbs down.

Quinnipiac's April poll came out right after the news of Dodd's involvement in the AIG bonus controversy. Since then, a bill Dodd co-sponsored that makes it tougher for credit card issuers to raise feeds and interest rates was signed into law. And with Sen. Ted Kennedy sidelined as he battles brain cancer, Dodd as taken a leading role in steering health care reform through one of the key congressional committees dealing with the legislation.

"Sen. Dodd's numbers among Democrats are back to where they used to be," says Quinnipiac University poll director Douglas Schwartz. "But he still is struggling with Independents, who will be harder to win back than his own partisans."

"Dodd's most glaring weakness continues to be that a majority of voters say he is not honest and trustworthy. This is not something that will be easy for Dodd to reverse," adds Schwartz.

The poll indicates Dodd trails former congressman Rob Simmons, a likely Republican challenger, 48 to 39 percent in a hypothetical matchup in next year's Senate race.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted July 16-20, with 1,499 Connecticut registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. TomJay

    I hope Connecticut voters are too smart to reelect Dodd. But then again, Connecticut voters rejected Ned Lamont.

    July 23, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Randolph Carter

    CNN, why the eighty kabillion ticker stories about Obama's speech last night? Why not consolidate them into one article summarizing the whole thing? Just asking. Have a nice day!

    P.S. How about more stories on the octomom? I really miss her.

    July 23, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm a democrat, but I feel sorry for all incumbents in 2010.

    July 23, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. worriedmom

    Is Acorn involved? Dodd needs to be replaced, him and a lot of the crooks there in D.C. Please take Pelosi with you also!!!

    July 23, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. RR

    The money from Freddie and Fannie, Countrywide, and AIG must be flowing in, so Dodd can advertise.

    July 23, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. CT deserves this loser

    CT is home to two of the largest casinos in the United States – Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. It is a state full of gamblers. The state gets hundreds of millions in fees from these casinos each year and do not be surprised if Dodd gets a handsome payout himself. - so who better than a person like Dodd to represent them – Dodd has been the largest single recipient of donations from AIG, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac – the very companies he oversees as chair of the senate finnance committee - and the companies that brought this country's financial systems to its knees. And what does Dodd do - her fights to let AIG execs keep their millions of bonuses. Why? So he can continue to get his "take"
    If CT vote this guy back in, they deserve everything bad that happens to them.

    July 23, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. makesUwonder

    "on the rise"-------–sure it is.

    July 23, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Enough

    How can anyone support or vote for him? He should have a ZERO approval rating and ZERO votes. I'd like to meet the morons who would vote for him. Guess that fits in with the dumbing of America!

    July 23, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Welcome to The BoBo Show

    Dodd & Frank caused this mess.........They should both be voted out with Reid and Pelozi.

    July 23, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    With Obama's numbers going down because of health care, Dodd is doing well to get the numbers largely because of his work on getting health care legislation moving.

    July 23, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Larry

    Connecticut people need to wake up.

    Chris Dodd is the poster child for catering to special interests in Washington. He is part of a very big problem in Washington and people like him need to be sent packing.

    His involvement in writing into AIG's bailout that they could keep their multimillion dollar bonuses (using taxpayer money) and then denying he did it was blatant.

    Connecticut needs to vote him out of office. Other congressmen who are fighting health care reform now are being identified and also will be sent packing in their next elections.

    President Obama is giving this country back to the people, and taking it away from special interests.

    July 23, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Right Leaning Independent

    Well that is CT voters for you!! Short memories....

    July 23, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. Blake

    I'd say not being honest and trustworthy is a fair assessment for Dodd. He is a chump.

    July 23, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. JLS

    Dodd is a joke, and should be voted out asap!!

    July 23, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Stuffit

    CNN, who really cares? Other than Dodd and his opponent, of course.

    With Congress trying to knee-cap our industries with cap and trade, trying to shove a health care reform bill through Congress that no one has read yet, just passing 700 million dollars to provide "enhanced contraception" for wild horses (any doubters? look up HR 1018).

    You report on Chris Dodd's poll numbers for an election that's 16 months away.

    Why not point out the hypocrisy of those busting the chops of the new surgeon general for being a bit overweight (not a good example), yet most seem fine that the Sec. Treasury is a tax cheat. Since, he's the smartest guy in the room (but can't use TurboTax).

    No wonder intellectual discussion on issues of the day are so hard to find anymore. Most high-volume "news" outlets focus on gossip laden "news" worthy of a double-episode of Jerry Springer.

    July 23, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. No Incumbents 2010

    Peter Schiff will be the Republican nominee, and yet CNN doesn't even mention him?
    Chris Dodd is responsible as Banking Committee chairman for raking in a huge stockpile of contributions from financial companies, while overseeing the lax regulation of mortgage lending that led to the housing bubble and the current economic crisis.
    Chris Dodd has no strategic vision or foresight. He was out running for president instead of performing his oversight duties.
    Dodd has been there too long he needs to resign with dignity and give someone else a chance to serve.

    July 23, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. William, from Cali!

    Some people just can't tell, those that are dishonest; from those that only say they are honest! Washington is the right place to be!

    July 23, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. gary

    please voters in connectcut this idiot startes the whole damm banking mess and has a sweetheart mortgage i do not care if you vote in a dogcatcher lets start sweeping the bums out of government

    July 23, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "Oops! Obama calls out reporter for asking out of turn"

    You mean..."Oops! CNN forgot to report on the substantive matter in Obama's press conference"

    July 23, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. Expat American

    Republicans will continue to blame Dodd among others for the housing meltdown and not a (R) inhabits lot of them of course.

    No one forced greedy Americans to buy a house that they couldn't afford and knew deep down that they couldn't afford. The USG if anything was 'banking' on the fact that many Americans would bite the consumerism/capitalistic carrot hanging in front of them if it was big and orange enough...our elected lawmakers know full well that it's not hard to 'sell' everyday Americans on just about 'anything'. Especially in a society that is based for the most part solely on credit.

    This is why they are the 'smartest people in the room'; a room with big locks on the door and big gold knobs.

    July 23, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Expat American

    Republicans will continue to blame Dodd among others for the housing meltdown and not a (R) inhabits the lot of them of course.

    No one forced greedy Americans to buy a house that they couldn't afford and knew deep down that they couldn't afford. The USG if anything was 'banking' on the fact that many Americans would bite the consumerism/capitalistic carrot hanging in front of them if it was big and orange enough...our elected lawmakers know full well that it's not hard to 'sell' everyday Americans on just about 'anything'. Especially in a society that is based for the most part solely on credit.

    This is why they are the 'smartest people in the room'; a room with big locks on the door and big gold knobs.

    July 23, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Expat American

    Republicans will continue to blame Dodd among others for the housing meltdown and not a single (R) inhabits the lot of them of course.

    No one forced greedy Americans to buy a house that they couldn't afford and knew deep down that they couldn't afford. The USG if anything was 'banking' on the fact that many Americans would bite the consumerism/capitalistic carrot hanging in front of them if it was big and orange enough...our elected lawmakers know full well that it's not hard to 'sell' everyday Americans on just about 'anything'. Especially in a society that is based for the most part solely on credit.

    This is why they are the 'smartest people in the room'; a room with big locks on the door and big gold knobs.

    July 23, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Steve

    "Dodd's most glaring weakness continues to be that a majority of voters say he is not honest and trustworthy"......Shame on the people of CT if they elect this man again!

    July 23, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. CONNIE

    since CNN won't let up reply to the article on Obama and the wrong reporter that stood up shows the Obama gets the questions from reporters the night before and then memorizes the answers and then calls on the reporter at the press conference. And Dodd needs not to be elected because he is one of the reasons this country is in the financial mess it is.

    July 23, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Bob

    Involvement in AIG and all the antecedents of the loan crisis. Thanks very much, Chris. Oh, and you voted to KEEP the outdated and ridiculously expensive F-22 program when even the PENTAGON said it didn't want it? Thanks again. I know Connecticut has involvement with engines for the jet but you'll likely pick up business from the F-35...but of course that would require strategic thinking on your part.

    Where are all you Dems who griped about "typical politicians" when they were Republicans but not when they're Democrats. Dodd does way more damage than good, and he's as "old school" as they come.

    July 23, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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