A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found Connecticut voters support 52 to 39 percent a recent state Supreme Court ruling to allow same-sex couples to marry.
Voters also strongly opposed amending Connecticut’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage, 61 percent to 33 percent.
“Connecticut voters are not in love with same-sex marriage as a bare majority backs the State Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex couples to wed,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, said in a press release.
Given three choices, 43 percent of voters agree same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, while 39 percent support civil unions and 12 percent oppose any legal recognition.
Despite a faltering economy and a low satisfaction rating, Gov. Jodi Rell gets a 68 – 20 percent approval rating, including 62 – 25 percent among Democrats.
Connecticut’s U.S. Senators get their lowest approval ratings ever, a negative 38 – 54 percent for Sen. Joseph Lieberman and a lackluster 47 – 41 percent for Sen. Christopher Dodd.
Schwartz said Lieberman “appears to be paying a high price” for his public support of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
“This is the highest disapproval rating in any Quinnipiac University poll in any state for a sitting U.S. Senator—except for New Jersey’s Robert Torricelli, just before he resigned in 2002,” Schwartz said.
For Dodd, 47 percent support the job he’s doing, compared to 41 percent who do not. Back in July, 51 percent backed Dodd.
“Sen. Dodd’s low approval rating is bad news for any incumbent, but at this point there is no strong Republican challenger on the horizon as Dodd faces re-election in 2010,” Schwartz said.
From December 11 – 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,445 Connecticut registered voters for this poll. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.