The latest Quinnipiac Poll shows Chris Dodd is in a ton of trouble, considering he’s the Incumbent:
Dodd Falls Way Behind As Approval Drops To Lowest Ever; Voters Are Angry At AIG Bonuses And Blame Dodd
Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd trails former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, a possible Republican challenger, 50 – 34 percent in the 2010 Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today, as voters disapprove 58 – 33 percent of the job the Democratic incumbent is doing, his lowest approval rating ever.
Matched against two other possible Republican challengers, Sen. Dodd trails both State Sen. Sam Caligiuri 41 – 37 percent and former ambassador Tom Foley 43 – 35 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.
In the Dodd-Simmons matchup, Democrats back Dodd by only 58 – 27 percent while Simmons leads 87 – 6 percent among Republicans and 56 – 25 percent among independent voters.
For an incumbent, that’s catastrophic. Absolutely apocalyptic. Someone’s having the whiskey shits right about now.
A total of 35 percent of voters say they definitely or probably will vote for Dodd for reelection next year, while 59 percent say they probably won’t or definitely won’t vote for him.
“A 33 percent job approval is unheard of for a 30-year incumbent, especially a Democrat in a blue state.
See? What’d I say? Catastrophic!
Sen. Dodd’s numbers among Democrats are especially devastating. Since the AIG controversy, his approval rating among Democrats is down to 51 percent, and only 58 percent of Democrats say they will vote for him against Simmons, who at this point is the best known and strongest Republican challenger,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.
And when you lose your base; particularly your uber-liberal Democratic base, you are roasted and toasted.
“The generic numbers are even worse for Dodd than the specific matchup numbers, with only a third saying they probably or definitely will vote for Dodd compared to 59 percent saying they definitely or probably won’t vote for him,” Dr. Schwartz added.
Connecticut voters say 50 – 43 percent that Dodd has strong leadership qualities, but they say 54 – 32 percent that he is not honest and trustworthy and 52 – 39 percent that he does not care about their needs and problems.
Most voters, 59 percent, are angry that AIG paid bonuses to some executives, while 33 percent are “bothered but not angry.” Asked if they blame Dodd for these bonuses, 39 percent of voters say “a lot” and 35 percent say “some.”
Asked which public official is most to blame for the AIG bonuses:
* 28 percent blame former President George W. Bush;
* 27 percent blame Dodd;
* 20 percent blame Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner;
* 7 percent blame President Barack Obama.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman gets a 46 – 47 percent split approval rating, including 64 – 33 percent among Republicans and 50 – 42 percent among independent voters. Democrats disapprove of the Democrat turned independent 63 – 31 percent.
When you can barely outpoll George W. Bush in a blue state, you are in a *TON* of freaking trouble.
Interestingly, I followed a link on Drudge to this story to the Chicago Tribune. When i got done setting up the blog for the story, the link on the very liberal Tribune site had disappeared.
Somehow, that doesn’t surprise me.