The approval rating for Connecticut's governor has hit an all-time low.
According to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, 68 percent of Connecticut voters disapprove of Gov. Dannel Malloy's job performance. That's compared to the 24 percent who approve.
Researchers said that is his worst approval rating ever and one of the lowest ever recorded for a governor in any of the nine states surveyed by the poll.
"Voters feel Connecticut's economy is going down the drain and they are sending Gov. Dannel Malloy's approval ratings right down the same drain," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. "Even Democrats disapprove of the way he is doing his job."
To put it in perspective, researchers said former Gov. John Rowland, who has been convicted of corruption and campaign finance violations, had a disapproval rating of 69 percent in Feb. 2004. Only 24 percent approved in that poll too.
Malloy said in his state address earlier this year that tough financial times were upon Connecticut, which was staring at a massive budget deficit. He added that state government had to spend within its means and called for a spending cap. He also took on big issues like crumbling roads and bridges and funding the pension.
Eyewitness News contacted Malloy's office for a comment and was directed to the state Democratic Party.
"We never comment specifically on polls," said Leigh Appleby, communications director of the Connecticut Democratic Party. "They will go up and down. But the truth of the matter is that Gov. Malloy has an exceptionally difficult job. During tough fiscal times, he has made the hard - often painful - choices necessary to create jobs and put Connecticut's economy on the right track, and we applaud the governor for thinking long-term and doing the right thing for the future of our state."
Malloy's previous low was 58 percent to 32 percent in October.
He also received negative marks for:
"Gov. Malloy has lost ground on almost every measure," Schwartz said. "When things get tough, voters usually blame the person in charge, fairly or unfairly."
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released a statement on the QU poll and said not only are the governor's ratings low, but so is the approval of the Democrat-controlled legislature.
"Over the last six years it was the roll-over Democrats in the legislature who cowered to Gov. Malloy’s disastrous policies, including passing the two largest tax increases in state history. It’s also the Democrat lawmakers who voted for budgets that continue to ignore and deny that their painful, short-sighted policies have only worsened our economy. The budget passed by the Democrats this year does not make significant structural changes needed to change the trajectory of our state. Our state still faces another large deficit on the horizon. Republicans have offered alternative ideas repeatedly and we will continue to offer our legislative solutions and vision to the public. Clearly, the public does not support the tax-and-spend policies passed by the majority that created the mess we face today," Fasano said.
People Eyewitness News spoke to said Malloy's handling of jobs, the economy and taxes were the biggest gripes.
General Electric announced last year that it would move workers to Boston, which came after the company publicly complained about high taxes.
“As far as our jobs, every time we turn around we see another company leaving," said Karen Harries, East Hartford.
"He’s not doing anything for the state," said K.C. Hancock of East Hartford. "He’s not doing anything good for the good towns.”
Only 3 percent of Connecticut voters are "very satisfied" with the way things are going in the state. Twenty-five percent were "somewhat satisfied," another 33 percent are "someone dissatisfied" and 39 percent are "very dissatisfied."
To see the in-depth results of the poll, head to Quinnipiac's website here.
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