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Governor's disapproval rating the highest it's ever been

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Gov. Dannel Malloy (WFSB file photo) Gov. Dannel Malloy (WFSB file photo)

The governor’s disapproval rating is the highest it’s ever been, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

The poll, the results of which were released on Wednesday, said voters disapprove of the job Gov. Dannel Malloy is doing 58 to 32 percent.

It had been 43 to 47 percent in March.

"Gov. Dannel Malloy's job approval rating has plummeted to 32 percent, close to the historic 24 percent low hit by disgraced former Gov. John Rowland in January 2004, and Gov. Malloy is not in the middle of a corruption scandal," said Douglas Schwartz, PhD., Quinnipiac University poll director.

Quinnipiac said that in addition to it being his lowest rating, it was the lowest score for any governor in the nine states surveyed in the poll.

"Polls go up, they go down, and we don't comment on them. What's always constant, however, is our work to build Connecticut's long-term future," Devon Puglia, who is the communications director for the governor's office, said. 

It said Malloy received 4 to 1 negative scores for his handling of taxes and the state budget.

Broken down further, only 58 percent of his own Democratic party approved of his performance. Thirty three percent disapproved.

Among Republicans, disapproval was 86 percent. For independents it was 61 percent.

"The cuts that the governor made, even though he put some back hurts cities, hurts urban areas, hurts the poor, hurts the elderly," said Republican Minority Leader State Senator Len Fasano.

Malloy specifically received negative grades for his leadership qualities, being honest and trustworthy and caring about voters’ needs and problems.

“Malloy is getting hammered on the critical pocketbook issues, taxes, the budget and the economy and jobs,” Schwartz said. "Only 36 percent of voters are satisfied with the way things are going in the state, one of the lowest scores since Quinnipiac University started asking this question in 1997."

Republicans are against the higher taxes and cuts to social services and are urging for a special session.

Mental health providers are also worried about cuts. A successful new program to help those with a variety of needs may lose critical support.

"The 1.5 million that the governor rescinded was going to provide some degree of support that has definite benefits to the state because it reduces their costs substantially." 

To check out the complete survey, head to Quinnipiac’s polling website here.

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