Obama Approval at All-Time Low in Connecticut; Gov Race Close

Obama Approval at All-Time Low in Connecticut; Gov Race Close
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President Obama's approval rating has reached a new low in Connecticut, according to a Quinnipiac University survey. Just 45 percent of Constitution State voters approve how Obama is handling his job, while 51 percent disapprove.

Obama fares poorly with men, with only 40 percent approving of him to the 57 percent who do not. Women are almost evenly divided: 49 percent approve and 47 percent do not.

Republicans in the state are unified against Obama, with 92 percent disapproving. Just 7 percent of them think the president is doing a good job. Obama also suffers among independent voters, 57 percent of whom disapprove of his work. Some 80 percent of Democrats back the president. Millennials are the only age group that Obama maintains a net positive approval with, 49 percent-43 percent.

Obama’s poor numbers in Connecticut may be affecting the state's gubernatorial race. Republican Tom Foley, who “dominates the crowded Republican primary field,” is tied with incumbent Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat. Each earns 42 percent of the vote.

While Connecticut voters generally approve of the way Malloy is handling his job (48-45), they are almost evenly split on whether he deserves re-election (45-46).

The survey of 1,878 registered voters was conducted Feb.26-March 2 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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