By Ann Marie Mesquita, Staff Writer
HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has the lowest job approval rating in his tenure and in the nine years Quinnipiac University has been conducting its poll. Malloy’s job approval rating is the lowest among the nine states polled this year, poll officials said Wednesday in a statement to the press.
Quinnipiac found that only a third of Connecticut voters approve how he is governing the state. Among Democratic voters, only 58 percent say he is doing a good job.
The most recent poll results are down from a negative 43 – 47 percent approval rating in a March 11 survey by Quinnipiac.
Malloy gets a lackluster 58 – 33 percent approval from Democrats, while the disapproval rating is 86 – 8 percent among Republicans and 61 – 29 percent among independent voters. Men disapprove 62 – 31 percent and women disapprove 55 – 33 percent.
“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 QU Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.
The governor’s job-approval numbers are impacted by pocket-bush issues such as jobs, quality of life, social inequality, racism and discrimination in the state, source said.