July 2nd, 2008
12:15 PM ET
15 years ago

Poll shows Connecticut is Obama country

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/02/art.elecmap.cnn.jpg caption="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. Gene

    Soon the whole country is going to have a blue tint 🙂

    I love the comments from Texas Trail Dog. Every post he tries to portray Obama as the antichrist. In fact, trail dog... Are you sure that was a prediction from Nostradomas, or was that a line taken straight out of the OMEN?

    Anyway.. no one man in this country has the power to destroy the Catholic church, take down Rome and Israel... all those things have to be approved by Congress.. and anyone with half a brain knows that will never happen. So stop acting like the ignorant 2 brain celled hick that you are and come back to this little place we call EARTH.

    July 2, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    You know what else is about to be Obama country? North Carolina. He's hanging in there and could pull it off in November. There's a lot of excitement for him down here.

    July 2, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. DJ, LA, CA

    Keep pumping up McCain, Mr. Lieberman and watch those approval ratings drop even lower. Shame on CT for even re-electing this guy, whatever party he is.

    July 2, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. ron

    you can spend your way to a nomination you may even spend your way to the white house because it's not your money your spending you can't spend your way out of a recession it's our children's money your spending sen. obama. instead of giving students thousands of dollars for tuition's why don't you have universities reduce tuition's most of them are posting billions for their share holders so how can they justify to you the need for higher learning cost remember fella the money your spending is our money not yours so don't be so free with it.

    July 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. jimmy velman


    July 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |

    Obam will have a lot of work to do to restore this country image and it is not going to be easy. But will all, Obama surporters, going to help him.

    July 2, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Michael

    Go Hillary!

    July 2, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Voting Obama



    July 2, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    "Jabber jouls" Lieberman must go!!!!! Come on Connecticut let make it happen.

    Obama 08

    July 2, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. David

    As Barack said, the era of Scooty Libby, the incompetence of Katrina, the war monger and fear mongering era is over, this country needs another and fresh direction. Enough with the division, the distractions and racial divisions, the gimmicks of the past, we're all Americans (Dems, Reps, Inds and others) this is our country, don't let McBush destroy our country for another 4 years, or leaving our troops in a dumb war for the next 100 years, it's time to try something new with Barack.

    July 2, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Nava-Canada

    Senator Joe Liebeman's days are getting over. People are bound to treat him the way he treated the Democrativc party. He should know people of America have decided that the days of wars are over and it is economy that people are bothered about. His aim was to get US to support Israel milititarily and financially to keep the wars going in the middle east and that concept is not accepted by the educated younger
    generation in the US and Israel too. That is why Israel is talking to countries through other countries like Turkey & egypt, indirectly which
    is a blow for US admin.

    July 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. Rational

    Actually, CT is a good test of how well a moderate Republican like McCain will do in swing states. Conservative CT voters are more like moderates in Iowa or Ohio. It is striking that McCain is doing less well than Bush did. There are religious conservatives here and this poll seems to indicate that they're not coming out for McCain.

    Here in CT, Lieberman is philosophically more like a Republican than a Democrat. For example, the Republican candidate for CT's 3rd Congressional seat was gay, pro-choice, against the drug war and against the war in Iraq.

    Lieberman only won reelection but the Republicans put nothing into their Senatorial candidate's campaign – no money, no staff, nothing. It didn't help that their candidate's biggest claim to fame was skipping out on a bunch of gambling debts.

    July 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. saga4obama

    ok CNN i get it you wont post any comments about McCain aboard the USS Forrestal in 1967 and the 167 soldiers that were killed. or is it McCains campaign fueled by big oil lobbyist? or his womanizing or his nick name "songbird McCain"...after reading some of these post about Obama, i can not understand why my post about McCain is to hot to post.
    dump mccain dot com

    July 2, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Kevin in Denver

    It takes courage to listen to reason instead of emotion, It's easy to generalize and ignore facts that don't jibe with your current view. And who takes the easy way out? ............ Babies!

    To equate liberal thinking with socialist thinking is simple minded to say the least. Liberal means the ability to listen to the (always present) 2 SIDES to any story before making a decision. It's called balls, something the right has never had.

    Better dead than red-

    July 2, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. arnosh

    GO Obama

    Jerry, thanks so much

    I'm tired of all the hillary supporters going to McBush

    Unity is key for the Democrats

    Liberman is just an old man trying to ruin our gret country.

    July 2, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. MD

    This is just the beginning. I foresee a lanslide.

    The fact that McCane has gone through yet another "shake up" within his campaign speaks loudly to his problems even within his own Party.

    He keeps compounding his mistakes. Choosing Bush-Cheney era campaign staff will hurt McCane more than it will help him. McCane is between a rock and a hard place. He must distance himself from Bush and Cheney, yet, he needs them and their "people" to get his footing within the Republican Party.

    McCane has completely lost his "identity." He is a mish-mash of "ideas" and policies that appeal to everyone and no one.

    The biggest mistake the Republicans made was to prefer McCane at his age and with his shady reputation over Romney. When the Keating fiasco ended, he was rebuked with "POOR JUDGMENT" by his fellow-senators. Why on earth the REpublicans wanted someone with that kind of "performance," I will never understand.

    July 2, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. soy

    this isn't news...in fact the whole northeastern section of the nation is going to Obama including PA, and VA. Albeit, they're a tougher fight for him. OH will go for Obama regardless of what anyone thinks. He'll also grab more red states in the south because of the overwhelming youth vote and black votes which these so called polls tend to ignore. Majority of people that fall under these demographics use cell phones and are only voting for the first time.

    July 2, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Over the past three decades the Republican Party has made it clear that people who are fiscally conservative, yet socially liberal are simply not welcome any longer. The Republicans have systematically driven out anyone who doesn't meet the neo-conservative and/or fundamentalist Christian litmus tests.

    Consider that, until recently, a MAJORITY of members of Congress from New England were Republicans. Because rank-and-file New England Republicans don't have a home any longer, the Republicans are down to 1 member of the House and 3 Senators (two of whom are in trouble) in all six New England states combined.

    For those who write off this survey as reflecting some radically liberal state...ask yourself this question...Can the Republcians afford to write off six states every election cycle THAT THEY USE TO DOMINATE?

    July 2, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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