A new poll released just one day after she announced she wouldn’t run in 2010 shows Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s approval rating shooting back up from its all time low of 59 percent.
The Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday morning puts Rell’s approval rating at 64 percent, according to voters surveyed last week. The poll also shows Rell beating all six potential Democratic candidates, including Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont, state Sen. Gary LeBeau, former House Speaker James Amann, and Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi.
If the Democratic primary were held today the poll found that Bysiewicz would get 26 percent to 23 percent for Lamont, and 9 percent for Malloy. No other contender tops 3 percent. In match-ups against Rell—which won’t be relevant anymore—Bysiewiz trails Rell 46 to 40 percent, Lamont trails 53 to 33 percent and Malloy trails 52 to 33 percent.
Bysiewicz gets a 43 to11 percent favorability, with 44 percent who don’t know enough about her to form an opinion. Lamont gets a 31 to 24 percent favorability, with 43 percent who don’t know enough about him. Malloy gets a 21 to 10 percent favorability, with 67 percent who don’t know enough about him.
For other Democratic contenders, 84 percent to 92 percent of voters don’t know enough about them to form an opinion.
Possible Republican gubernatorial contenders weren’t polled because it was assumed Rell would be running for re-election.
Meanwhile 39 percent of voters say ethics have gotten better since Rell has been governor, 12 percent say they’ve gotten worse and 48 percent say there’s been no change.
Only 33 percent of Connecticut voters have heard or read “a lot” or “some” about investigations into the Rell administration’s hiring of a University of Connecticut professor to streamline state government. Of this 33 percent, 48 percent feel taxpayer funds were misused to provide Rell political advice, while 36 percent do not believe that.
Also of the 33 percent, only 25 percent say this controversy is a major concern, while 53 percent say it’s a minor concern and 22 percent say it’s no concern at all.
“Not many voters know about the controversy surrounding the Rell administration’s hiring of a professor as a consultant, and few of those who know seem to care,” Poll Director Doug Schwartz said. “Perhaps the issue is too complicated. This is not your typical government corruption case.”
The poll was conducted between Nov. 3-8 and surveyed 1,236 Connecticut voters. The poll’s margin of error is about plus or minus three percentage points.