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Are voters warming up to Malloy?

by: ctblogger

Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 11:58:41 AM EST


As we put the 2012 elections in our rear-view mirror, the chatter over the 2014 race for governor has already picked up stream.

For a while Gov. Malloy had the honor of being on of the most unpopular governors in the country but the latest round of polling data should provides some good news for Team Malloy

Folks who look favored for another term, at least for now:

Folks who look favored for another term, at least for now:

Three other Republican Governors elected in 2010 lead hypothetical Democratic opponents for 2014 by single digit margins- they look like favorites for now but could become more vulnerable. Those are Michigan's Rick Snyder (47/41 against a generic Dem), Wisconsin's Scott Walker (50/43), and Iowa's Terry Branstad (49/40). All three of these Governors posted pretty poor numbers during their first year in office but have seen significant improvement in their standing in year 2.

Democrat Dan Malloy of Connecticut also belongs in this category. We've tended to find him as one of the most unpopular Governors in the country so far but he saw a major improvement in our last poll to the point where he led a hypothetical Republican foe 48-37. It's hard to say what might have produced such a sudden, substantial improvement- perhaps his leadership during the hurricane? if that is the case we'll have to keep an eye on whether his improved numbers are permanent or just fleeting.

Democrat Dan Malloy of Connecticut also belongs in this category. We've tended to find him as one of the most unpopular Governors in the country so far but he saw a major improvement in our last poll to the point where he led a hypothetical Republican foe 48-37. It's hard to say what might have produced such a sudden, substantial improvement- perhaps his leadership during the hurricane? if that is the case we'll have to keep an eye on whether his improved numbers are permanent or just fleeting.


Whether or not Malloy's upward trend will continue remains to be seen but I'm sure the governor will take these positive polls over high disapproval numbers any day.
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Malloy is most likely benefiting from his performance (0.00 / 0)
in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and in the wake of the November elections that had great news for Democrats statewide and nationally.

I haven't paid much attention to Malloy's performance over Hurricane Sandy as my area wasn't hit that hard and I've got other things keeping me busy.  But even he could never be as bad as Bush was on Katrina.

The latter may wear off voters next year as the President and Congress fight over the budget and taxes.

That leaves how Malloy handles issues that affect mainly CT and groups, like unions and businesses, who support or oppose those issues.  Malloy has been his own worse enemy on that and Jon Pelto keeps reminding us why.


 
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