November 12th, 2009
09:23 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll shows trouble for Dodd

A new poll shows bad news for Dodd.
A new poll shows bad news for Dodd.

(CNN) - A new poll spells more trouble for Sen. Chris Dodd's bid for re-election.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday morning suggests that 54 percent of Connecticut voters disapprove of the job Dodd's doing as their senior U.S. senator, with 4 in 10 giving him a thumbs up. The 54 percent disapproval rating is up 5 points from September. The poll also indicates that by 53 percent to 39 percent, Connecticut voters don't think the five term Democrat deserves to be re-elected next year.

According to the survey, Dodd is losing or tied with all of his potential Republican challengers in hypothetical 2010 general election matchups. Former Rep. Rob Simmons leads Dodd by 11 points, with former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon, new to the race, 2 points ahead of the incumbent senator. The poll indicates that former ambassador Tom Foley leads Dodd by seven points, with Sam Caligiuri and Peter Schiff in a statistical tie with Dodd. In a hypothetical Republican primary, the survey suggests that Simmons has the early lead.

"After inching up in the polls for months, Sen. Christopher Dodd is sliding back down again on job approval. He continues to struggle with independent voters as 60 percent disapprove of the way he is handling his job. President Barack Obama is still popular with independents, but voters say that his support of Dodd won't affect their Senate vote," says Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.

"Health care is an issue that should work for Sen. Dodd. Voters who tell us it's the most important issue side with him. But voters who care most about the economy say the Republican candidate will be better able to deal with it. If the economy worsens, this will hurt Dodd," adds Schwartz.

Dodd's approval rating in Quinnipiac polling bottomed out at 33 percent earlier this year, after the news of his 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 Dodd took a leading role in steering health care reform through one of the key congressional committees dealing with the legislation.

"Health care is an issue that should work for Sen. Dodd. Voters who tell us it's the most important issue side with him. But voters who care most about the economy say the Republican candidate will be better able to deal with it. If the economy worsens, this will hurt Dodd," says Schwartz.

"We'll see lots of polls over the course of this campaign, some accurate, and some not. In truth, we have a hard time believing Chris Dodd has done anything but strengthen his political position based on his well-publicized and heroic work on healthcare reform, tightening our country's financial regulations and protecting consumers," says Colleen Flanagan, Communications Director for the Connecticut Democratic Party.

The Quinnpiac University poll was conducted November 3-8, with 1,236 Connecticut registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. victim of republican greed

    Connecticut voters elected Lieberman, so I am sure they are eager to send another incompetent republican to DC.

    November 12, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Jeff from Chicago

    this is fantastic news.
    This guy has been so detructive to this country with his legislation and dealings with the banking industry.

    Not sure who is more responssible for the banking collapse, dodd or clinton?

    November 12, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. m jeff

    More dumb polls, who is doing the polling, fake news.

    November 12, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. SocialismBad

    This corrupt politician should be led out of the Senate in handcuffs right now. Why he hasn't been investigated for all the money and favors he got is a mystery (not really). Thank God the voters of Connecticut are finally getting a clue and realizing they own one of the Senate's worst.

    November 12, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Fed Up

    Too bad. I think most incumbents will be in the same position. They need to grow up and get stuff done, instead of acting like a bunch of 2 year olds.

    November 12, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. 30 Year Veteran

    No he does not need to be re-elected nor does any other incumberent. It is time for America to clean up the ship and take our nation back. It has fallen to ACLUs, homosexuals of Hollywood and other non-God Fearing gangsters. The only way to clear them out is vote them out. LET'S MOBILIZE AND DO IT. NO MATTER WHAT PARTY YOU CALL YOURSELF BELONGING TO. First we are Americans. Lets start acting like our forefathers who established this country on Christanity.

    November 12, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    Dodd is a lame duck crook and after he loses he should be under investigation and jailed if found guilty. he has betrayed his state and his country..

    November 12, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Seriously, Left

    Reid and Dodd are finished. They might as well inflict as much damage as they can right now with their "lame duck" status. Oops, too late.

    November 12, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. JK Ashburn, VA

    The voters should be the least of his concerns. He should be in front of a jury defending his criminal behavior. I don't live in CT but will actually send money to whomever is running against him in the general election.

    November 12, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Dodd needs some trouble

    get him back to business

    November 12, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Billy J..Texas..

    I don't have any love for Dodd, but I don't see why they think that being a republican would make you any better at not letting those robber barons on wall street continue to steal from the taxpayer. If anything I would think that the party's line on that is , let the CEO and CFO's do what ever they want. That has been the mantra for 20 plus years. Off shore tax havens, liquidating local workshops for cheaper labor overseas or no company at all and then short selling to 401k's so they take the hit when after the profits are gone.

    Did they ask what a different Democrat would do in the poll?

    November 12, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. deb0155

    Get the bum out!

    November 12, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    According to the survey, Dodd is losing or tied with all of his potential Republican challengers in hypothetical 2010 general election matchups.
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    Truth of the matter is that based on the GOP's current flatline status, the only race that any RethugliKlan could aspire to do well in would be a HYPOTHETICAL one.

    November 12, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Christie

    Please take this poll serious ie- Virginia governor race is a prime example. The people are hurting and need help. So I suggestion to you is to start your campaign now with door to door contact and small support groups.

    November 12, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Stephen

    As a former Connecticut resident...don't vote this guy back in!!!

    November 12, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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