Poll: Good news for Obama in Connecticut
March 22nd, 2012
08:34 AM ET
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Poll: Good news for Obama in Connecticut

(CNN) – It's advantage President Barack Obama in Connecticut ahead of the 2012 presidential election, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday showed Obama trumping his potential Republican opponents in the general election. He beat Mitt Romney 53% to 37% and Rick Santorum 55% to 35% among registered voters in hypothetical matchups.

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Obama led Romney among men, 51% to 40%, and among women, 55% to 34%.

Fifty-three percent of Connecticut voters approved of the job the president is doing and 55% had a favorable opinion of him, compared to the 43% who did not.

Romney received a negative 35% to 43% favorability rating and Santorum garnered a negative 27% to 43%.

The general election results were unsurprising given the Constitution State last went for a Republican presidential nominee in 1988, when George H.W. Bush was the Republican nominee against Democrat Michael Dukakis, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts.

Obama won the blue state in 2008 with 60.6% of the vote to Republican nominee Sen. John McCain's 38.3%.

But Romney, also a former Massachusetts governor, did nab the top spot among likely Republican voters in the state's upcoming primary. He captured 42% support to Santorum's 19%, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's 13% and Texas Rep. Ron Paul's 9%. Connecticut will hold its primary on April 24.

"Romney's strength continues to be among upscale voters and seniors," Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said.

But he added the question in November will be "whether the president's coattails will affect the Senate race."

Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, who is making her second Senate bid after losing the general election in 2010, led her Republican primary opponent, former Rep. Christopher Shays, 51% to 42%. But Shays was stronger against the possible Democratic candidates, who include Rep. Christopher Murphy, former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz and state Rep. William Tong.

Quinnipiac University questioned 1,622 registered voters in Connecticut between March 14 and March 19 via telephone with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. The poll included 429 Republicans with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points and 640 Democrats with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Rick Santorum
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    There a lot of people in CT who know how to think for themselves.

    March 22, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. richardpr

    I don't understand the rationale in publisshing this news. Is this a paid PR? Did anyone ever think that Obama will loose Connecticut?

    March 22, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. king

    Hey the public is finally appreciating what this president did to save us from a certain depression. Only if the repubs will give up their ideology stance and hatred of this president, our economy would be way further than what we currently are.

    March 22, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  4. Glenn Doty

    In other news, Obama is also certain to win Vermont, Hawaii, New York, Maryland, Washington, Oregon, and California...

    Connecticut is deep blue. Even Kerry – perhaps the worst presidential nominee in the last century – crushed Bush by 10 points in CT, and that was the smallest blue/red victory in CT since Reagan.

    Why is Quinnipiac wasting their money on polls like this? Obama will take CT, just as Romney will take WY. That's not subject to doubt.

    March 22, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. diridi

    I love this dude. The best President ever US had. Obama, go and sign "Senate and Congress Term-Limits" in your second term. God bless, Obama and the USA.
    PS: Obama needs thorough security. Please till this election is over. America needs him.

    March 22, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. chun wise

    Mitt is men ,Romney is nominee.

    March 22, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. af

    Don't worry Obama! not only connecticut, Florida also stands with you. Jeb Bush endorsed Romney so Romney will pass more law "Stand your ground" accross the country to kill people. Viva Obama

    March 22, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. R.I.P. Damon

    It's pretty sad when Pres. Obama leading in Connecticut, a state he won by 23 points in 2008, is considered good news

    March 22, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. rla

    If anyone out there thinks the country or yourself is better off after 3 years of the democrats you are delusional!

    March 22, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. diridi

    I am praying God everyday for your re-election, this nation needs you. God bless Obama and the USA!
    PS: This nation needs some drastic reforms too. I am a very highly educated, telling this nation.

    March 22, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. gt

    thats news...slow day

    March 22, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. Nobama

    Romney does not need CT to Win the presidency!

    This article shows how weak BHO is. He has to show he is ahead in a solid blue state. I bet polls in TX shows any GOP candidate is ahead of BHO!!!

    March 22, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. Bessy

    @ ria Wake up and smell the coffee. Stop listening to Rush and Fox and check out what this man has done for our country. The country is better off today and getting better every day and will continue to get better as long as a democrat is in office. I know you hate it, but facts are facts

    March 22, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. Jon

    Connecticut going blue deserves a political ticker spot? In other late-breaking news, the GOP's nominee is likely to win win Texas...

    March 22, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |

    Willard is not going to be able to bare a loss in New England.

    March 22, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    rla wrote:

    If anyone out there thinks the country or yourself is better off after 3 years of the democrats you are delusional!
    Actually, the country's future is looking a *whole* lot better than what it was 3 years ago. We were facing the collapse and liquidation of 2/3 of the auto industry, which would have taken the remaining 1/3 with it. We were looking at losing well over 500,000 jobs per month. Wall Street was below 8000. Banks were closing daily. We were in pretty bad shape there for a while.

    March 22, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Scott S.

    Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachussetts...all states that are well known for their well educated populaces (Red Sox fans notwithstanding :-p) routinely vote Democrat, while states like South Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama vote Republican. HMMMMMMM.

    March 22, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How can anyone explain to a right wingnut that the market was under 7000 when our president took over and it is over 12,000? Did Fox foreign owned media tell the baggers that bin Laden is dead? Did foreign owned media tell teavangelicals that our domestic oil production is up to the highest levels in history and the demand is down? Did anyone tell the birthers that our president did not start the war in Iraq but he ended it? Did Fox and friends tell their drooling viewers that 4 million jobs have been created in Obama's 3 years.

    March 22, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The civil ended in 1865. and the civil rights acts passed in 1965, and women have equal rights. It is time for republicans to stop the bigotry and work to make America better.

    March 22, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Glenn Doty

    There are 10, and only 10 states which could be called "swing" states:
    FL (29), OH (18), NC (15), VA (13), IN (11), AZ (11), MO (10), CO (9), NV (6), IA (6), NM (5), and NH (4).

    Every other state is already decided, with virtually zero chance that any of these other states flipping parties from the results of the last election unless a candidate sweeps all of the states listed above. That means any state other than the 10 listed above serve no predictive power for the election at hand... The election will have been long since decided before any other state comes into play. So these 10 states have the polls that we want to see.

    March 22, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Marie MD

    From what we have had to endured with this teapublikan, flip flopping, cheating, women hating crowd I just can see why except in the deep toothless areas if the country we call the South who are still upset they lost the Civil War and they vote with god (theirs, of course) and not the issues just as long as the candidates are white!

    March 22, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Jess C

    The Fox Noise Channel must not be available so people can think for themselves up there.

    March 22, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    rla wrote:

    If anyone out there thinks the country or yourself is better off after 3 years of the democrats you are delusional!
    Let's look at what 3 years of Republicans would have gotten us. As Mitt Romney wrote, let GM go bankrupt. Republicans would not have helped GM and Chrysler through a structured bankruptcy. The big banks saw more profit in buying up the scraps at liquidation prices.

    As Mitt Romney has said, home foreclosures need to hit rock bottom so that investors can repurchase the homes and get the economy going again.

    As George Bush had said, I don't know where Bin Laden is and it really doesn't matter. Who knows where would be if Bin Laden had been allowed to continue as he had. Obama increased drone attacks and surveillance.

    I am running out of space. That's too bad.

    March 22, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |