September 17th, 2009
09:15 AM ET
14 years ago

Poll: Dodd on rebound?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Dodd's numbers are on the rise."](CNN) - A new poll of Connecticut voters suggests that Sen. Christopher Dodd's approval rating is on the rise, but still in negative territory.

Forty-three 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 ten points from April. Forty-nine percent disapprove of the job Dodd's doing in office, down nine points from April.

The poll suggests Dodd is still struggling with Independent voters, with 56 percent 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 Dodd took a leading role in steering health care reform through one of the key congressional committees dealing with the legislation.

According to the survey, Dodd now trails former Rep. Rob Simmons, a possible Republican challenger in the 2010 Senate race, 44 percent to 39 percent. Dodd trailed Simmons by nine points in a Quinnipiac poll conducted in July.

"Sen. Christopher Dodd's approval keeps edging up, and he is bringing down his high negatives. For the first time in six months, his disapproval is under 50 percent, just barely," says Quinnipiac University Poll Director Doug Schwartz. "But the incumbent has made only slight progress against Republican front-runner Rob Simmons. About 40 percent of voters will vote for anybody but Dodd, as evidenced by their willingness to vote for Republican candidates they haven't heard of.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted September 10-14, with 921Connecticut registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Alfred E. Neumann

    It's time Dodd avoided the embarrassment of an election and made the decision to spend more time with his family.

    He will me known for the special mortgage rate deal, crook.

    September 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Darko

    Do people really think that he'll stay on the good side after he's re-elected? I doubt it. He's got an entire new term to return to corruption.

    He, like kennedy, is what's wrong with congress. Term limits please.

    September 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Wake Up

    Who would vote for this corrupt senator who's hand is deep in the housing crisis? I mean, forget your party and vote against this scumbag. Repub or Dem voters, if your rep is corrupt vote him/her out.

    September 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    Don't be fooled, people of Connecticut! This man is a MAJOR contributor to the economic downturn suffered last year. Do not forget.

    September 17, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    I have to scratch my head when I think of the possibility of Connecticut residents re-electing this man.

    Much like I scratched my head when the residents of my own state kept re-electing Kennedy.

    Insanity is the practice of doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.

    September 17, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. ctmom

    NO Connecticut, this is your chance kick this criminal out of office!

    September 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. debra

    He's a crook and a liar.

    September 17, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. DAVE

    all i can say about this is "WOW"... there must be something being put in the water up there in Connecticut...... this is the problem with America, this state is going to put a "CROOK" back in office and give him another 4 years of corruption..... Americans should be ready to clean house whether you have a Republican or Democrat if they are dirty they should be put out of office with a broom. I live in California where the corruption is far greater than most states, yet our Democratically ran state govt. is running the 8th largest economy into the ground. in my opinion on purpose...... Career politicians need to find a new job

    September 17, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I think he's doing a good job and should remain in office.

    September 17, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Bob

    Is Connecticut a bunch of idiots? This is one corrupt fellow with below market interest rates on his houses, that he did not know about....... ha ha ha ha ha

    Lets get someone new.

    September 17, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    Only thing wrong with Dodd is that he is too conservative.

    September 17, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. mark in atlanta

    Dodd has done some good things, but it's time for him to move on.

    September 17, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Enough

    Who in their right mind would vote for this fool? Come on Democrats you can do better than this, your standards can't be this low........can they?

    September 17, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. Terry, TX

    Nah.....the man is a crook....and I am quite sure there are good people in Connecticut who can...should ....and will replace the scumbag. You throw him out Connecticut.....I don't care who you replace him have enough honorable people in the choose from.
    He is done...put a fork in him....or he will continue sneak in garbage in the bills in the middle of the night....and then lie and say he didn't do it.
    Mr. Dodd....good bye....adios....hit the road jack.

    September 17, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are nice. Not very indicative of the true pulse of the citizenry, but a nice way to while away the time if you have nothing better to do. I have to get back to work....

    September 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Alan

    Just goes to show that Dems will continue to re-elect Dems no matter how corrupt or inept they are.

    September 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. kimberly

    um, that is NOT a surprise. Republicans would vote for anyone! That totally explains the 40% voting for someone they never heard of. They dont care about the country, only their hate of Democrats...sad..Wheres the death panels when you need them. Dodd will win, and there is NO question about that. I think its cute though that the minority of repukes in Conn think that they have a say.

    September 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Pat

    Probably not after the news that Peter Schiff is in the race. Key differences: Peter predicted the housing bubble vs. Dodd taking a BS mortgage and lobbying for executive pay raises. Dodd is going down!

    September 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Carlos

    Even in a liberal state like Connecticut you would think the voters would have better sense than to reelect this pos, but we will see.

    September 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Arvid Billingsley

    Get that stupid old white man out of DC NOW!

    September 17, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. GIBBS

    dodd's a thief, cheat, and really no good. it is no wonder independents are running from him. it is time for him to go back to private life. vote this man out of office......

    September 17, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Patrick

    One of the most corrupt senators ever

    September 17, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Bob in Pa

    I'm sure that you believe if you say something enough times it makes it true or a least people will believe you. Mr. Dodd needs to go. He is one of several who are at the root of several problems existing in our country today.

    September 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |