The latest Quinnipiac Poll numbers came out today and they show Dodd falling farther behind Rob Simmons in a head to head match up …. but … his negatives aren’t as negative.
Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd trails former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, a likely Republican challenger 48 – 39 percent in the 2010 Senate race, but he is inching up in his job approval to a negative 42 – 52 percent approval rating, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
How to explain the discrepancy? Just read a little further into the poll and we find …
Looking at Dodd’s characteristics, Connecticut voters say:
- 55 – 35 percent that he is not honest and trustworthy;
- 62 – 32 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
- 49 – 45 percent that he does not share their views on issues important to them.
Imagine that. Connecticut voters don’t think Dodd is honest. What would give them that idea? This? Or maybe this?
Quinipiac offers this analysis:
“Sen. Dodd’s numbers among Democrats are back to where they used to be with over 70 percent of Democrats approving of his job performance and backing his reelection bid. Perhaps Dodd’s visibility in helping with President Barack Obama’s agenda has brought some wavering Democrats home. But he still is struggling with Independents, who will be harder to win back than his own partisans.”
I am also petty sure the job approval number is soft. Once Connecticut voters catch on to the fact that it’s his health care plan, not Obama’s, that will limit their choice, lead to rationing and cost them more in the long run … I guess those numbers could very well turn back down. But then … this is a blue state.