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He may have won re-election by more than 28,000 votes, but Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is still unpopular, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

The poll released Wednesday found the second-term governor has a negative approval rating.

“It is the first time he has been in negative territory since a June 2012 poll,” Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said.

Seventy-eight percent of Republicans disapprove of Malloy, while only 64 percent of Democrats approve of the job he’s doing.

Schwartz described the governor’s approval among members of his own party as “anemic.”

“When a Democrat scores only 64 percent among Democrats and is under 50 percent among the base, women and young people, you know he is in trouble,” Schwartz said.

Malloy, who will chair the Democratic Governors Association next year has traditionally had low approval ratings. He is currently on a family vacation in Puerto Rico, but even if he was in the state, it’s unlikely he would weigh in on the poll results.

“We don’t comment on polls,” Devon Puglia, Malloy’s spokesman said. “They go up, they go down, but we’re focused on smart decisions today for a brighter Connecticut tomorrow.”