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

Poll: Dodd on the rebound?

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(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. AIG is and was a huge debacle

    don't know how you can live this down, AIG execs are shameless

    July 23, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. machtim akannah

    Is the the same Dodd who took 3 months off to relocate to Iowa for a run at the Presidency while still being paid for his senatorial duties by the citizens of Connecticut? I don't recall that he paid back the money for his sabbatical.

    Is this the same Dodd who was and still is involved in the Countrywide scandal loan supposedly to be investigated but still in limbo because of the Democratic Congress?

    Is this the same Dodd who used his position to make a windfall profit with property in Ireland and has never fully come clean about his activities there?

    Is this the arrogant Dodd who belittles any questions which may be raised by his constituents.

    I expect the poll showing an increase for him is an anomoly and will correct itself in time.

    July 23, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. precious

    Obama omits reference to public option.

    July 23, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. phoenix86

    If CT reelects Dodd, they are on the same footing as Minnesota. At least Fanken used to be somewhat funny. Dodd has always been corrupt.

    July 23, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Kelby In Houston, TX

    THAT'S IT! I'M DONE!!!
    I say we boycott all articles on the political ticker that has poll as a subject of the headline. YOUR POLLS MEAN NOTHING! They are inconsequential and ineffectual. The comments on your articles provide better insight to a story than your stupid stupid polls.
    CNN, you are becoming a constant disappointment. It must be difficult to compete with other 24 hour news networks. I believe that competition has cost CNN its journalistic soul.

    July 23, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Blue Dog

    We Nutmeggers got rid of that other worthless Congressman, Rep. Chris Shays, during the last election cycle. Next to have to find a real job will be our worthless and lying Senator Chris Dodd during the coming election followed by the most worthless Senator of all, they lying and backstabbing Joe Lieberman, when he is up for reelection in 2010.

    I hope voters in other states turn over the Congressmen and Senators in the coming election cycles if for no other reason than to remind them that they, our elected representatives, work for us the voters not their large campaign contributors.

    July 23, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. gl, From Pittsburgh

    CNN can I get a job with you just doing polls? Why so many polls when they change like the weather? I know Dodd bound back just like the President will.

    All polls tell you is how most people are which is very impatient. Every body what's a quick fix, and when it can not get fixed fast enough, most people started screaming and forget the problem didn't happen over night and won't be solved over night. This is the American way!

    July 23, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Paul

    Chris Dodd.......Chris Dodd.....how can one adequately describe the voting habits of these wonderful people of CT....they deserve what they get.....

    July 23, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. New Age Democrat

    How anyone could think Dodd is competent is absurd. The guy is a complete joke and embarrassment. If the Democrat leadership continues to support him it will definitely affect my vote.

    July 23, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. jeff

    This is a tribute to the short attention span of Americans. This man is a picture of corruption and self service.

    July 23, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Scott, Tucson

    Just wait until the political adds linking him to the Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac debacle which help put this nation in the mess it's in, hits the airwaves. Than his numbers should really sink.

    July 23, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. European-American

    "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,"

    That doesn't stop any of the other Senators or Representatives from being elected.

    July 23, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Jim Brown

    Dodd is a political hack. He is as crooked as the day is long. Connecticut should fire him and finds somebody that will respect the constitution.

    July 23, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Capt. Snarky

    We need to get this guy out of office, along with Barney Frank. Both of these guys are rotten, and into the economic crisis up to their freakin' eyeballs.

    July 23, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Sam Sixpack

    We plainly need a two class system in this country – the haves and the have-nots.

    Without weasels like Dodd, how will we ever finish dismantling the middle-class?

    July 23, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. bozo the obama

    this guy should be in jail but they won't bring charges until after the election. That's PeLIEsi's version of ethics reforms.

    July 23, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Darth Vadik, CA

    People need to relax a little about these polls, after a change of administrations of course the polls will be up, people are hoping for change. When that change doesn't come as fast a people want (which never does), people get a little upset and polls fall.

    But, like with Clinton in his early days, the people were so disatisfied the house went to the Republicans for the first time in many years, and then people slowly came around and Clinton trounced Dole.

    So Democrats, chill out, Republicans, don't get your hopes up. A whole new generation of people will rember the Bush administration for years to come, and the old baby boomer feelings of fear of "SOCIALISM", though still there, the baby boomer generation is (like every generation before it) passing on.

    No doubt the gov't and Republicans will find new fears, but it will take another 40 years to brainwash this generation about the new unfound fears.

    July 23, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Me in Big D

    These states that keep voting in these crooks get just what they deserve. Problem is – it affects all of us! Dodd and Frank are a big reason why we are in such a mess now and the democrat states just love those two. Go figure.

    July 23, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. steve

    Dems. should not worry about some of this polls now because it is done to distort the reality.
    Democrats should step up their effort to pass a comprehensive health care reform that include better mental assessment and treatment for some of the Republican( Birther ) movement who surely need some help in this country .
    We are been ridiculed outside the country on how some segment of our population is sounding and acting strange/ insane since the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the USA.

    July 23, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Carlos

    He's just one of many dum dems that going to be voted out in the upcoming elections.

    July 23, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. kishen c.rao

    Great for sen. Dodd, but he needs to work on fixing "health care mess" encountering this as biggest menace for ages together....it is the time to fix it and talk....Republicans, and this Blue-cat-Democrats do not play politics....you fetch the same fate as John McCain in election...fix the health care...now is the time...

    July 23, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    I just saw that DMent or whatever his name is, complaining about the DNC fighting back. I guess the Republicans are just not used to Democrats fightng back.

    Well, at least we have to thank Bush for one thing, he reminded the Democrats that you have to fight back at the Republican fearmongering and lies.

    I think that is why Republican hate Clinton so much, he nebver let them get away with anything.

    Anyway, thanks President Bush for awakening a sleeping giant.

    July 23, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Pat

    I sure hope not. Sen. Dodd is a disaster. I'm hoping Peter Schiff throws his hat in the ring for Senate.

    July 23, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. Doraine Gordon

    The people of Connecticut are very fortunate to have Chris Dodd for their Senator. He always seems to be working tirelessly for the people. I wish we had more Representatives like him.

    July 23, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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