Connecticut says no to Obamacare … yes to Blumenthal

Not surprising. Either one. But at least it tells me a little of that “ye ole yankee spirit” lives in this deep blue state. But I’m still not sure how you can rate Obama so poorly on healthcare and the economy and send another professional Democrat back to Washington.

Voters disapprove 52 – 42 percent of the way the President is handling health care and disapprove 50 – 46 percent of the way he is handling the economy, but approve 54 – 39 percent of the way he is handling foreign policy.

Voters mostly disapprove 48 – 40 percent of the proposed health care reform pending in Congress. Democrats approve 68 – 22 percent, while disapproval is 87 – 7 percent among Republicans and 50 – 34 percent among independent voters. The proposed health care legislation is too complicated, 59 percent say, while 32 percent say changes must be complex to be effective.

The numbers are stunning given tbe very blue nature of Connecticut, but it should tell Democrats how wildly unpopular Government run health care is, and how the economy is weighing on the minds of everyone regardless of party affiliation.

Even better, while most people here say they are not Tea Party supporters … 46% support one of the key components of the Tea Party movement.

Only 16 percent of Connecticut voters trust the government in Washington to do the right thing almost all of the time or most of the time, while 53 percent say the federal government does right some of the time and 30 percent say “hardly ever”.

Meanwhile Blumenthal is widely popular, which is a head scratcher given the numbers above. Is Connecticut even watching the Senate race yet? My guess is no. Blumy leads McMahon (who has surged ahead of Simmons) 61-28 … but even here Linda has picked up 5% on the AG.

My guess is if the Republican can hang the economy and government run healthcare around the AG’s neck … those numbers will narrow. Your thoughts?

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Jim Vicevich

Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. Dimsdale on March 17, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Re: Blumenthal.  Shouldn't the Office of the Attorney General be making announcements and not him, particularly by name?  I am sure a deputy sub lieutenant under attorney general could make any announcements of new (and job damaging) lawsuits without hindering Blumie's ability to do his job while keeping him from getting any free publicity.


    I would be willing to bet that Blumie would be the first to go after Jodi Rell if she were running for the Senate position despoiled by Dodd and continued to make public announcements with her name appended to them.  Surely Jim would be forced to abandon his show if he chose to run for office.


    Remember the appearance of impropriety?  Or just plain old election laws?

  2. Anne-EH on March 17, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Connecticut is an interesting state Jim, conservative on some things, liberal in other.

  3. Steven on March 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    As Curly said "Day ain't over yet"  – another appropriate quote  "Don't let them see you coming"  – Go Pete Schiff!!!

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