Hartford – The release of three recent surveys by Morning Consult and Tremont Public Advisors show that after winning the Connecticut Governor’s race in 2018 with 49.4% of the vote, Governor Lamont’s job approval rating over the first four months of his term continues to lag with Connecticut residents and voters. The polls varied in timing and methodology but were consistent in key areas:
A steady group of about 40% +/- of Connecticut residents disapprove of the job Governor Lamont is doing as Governor. (46.2% voted for Lamont’s Republican opponent in 2018)
Lamont’s voters seem to be moving from approval to undecided (not disapproval). All three polls showed double digit deficits below 50% approval and undecideds ranging from 29%-42%.
A Q-poll released 3/9/11 showed then Governor Malloy with an approval rating of 35% vs. a disapproval rating of 40%.
“Winning the election with less than half the vote presents any Governor with a hurdle to overcome in gaining the approval of half of Connecticut residents. When you add in how politicized the toll debate has become and the administration’s various proposals for cost reductions to bring the budget into balance, there are a number of Lamont’s supporters who have moved into the undecided column” stated Matthew Hennessy Managing Director of Tremont Public Advisors.
Between 4/18/19 and 4/20/19 Tremont Public Advisors conducted a survey of 1,333 self-identified Connecticut voters using an on-line survey platform. Respondents were allowed to take the survey only once and were restricted from choosing more than one answer. The answer choices were shown in a random order. The poll population consisted of Connecticut internet users viewing content on a network of web publisher sites on both mobile and desktop devices. The survey answers have a MMOE of no more than +/- 2.5%.
Gender, age and location of the survey respondents were inferred by data correlated to the I.P. address of the respondent. The survey used statistical weighting procedures to account for deviations in the survey sample from known population characteristics, which helps correct for differential survey participation and random variation in samples. The overall adult sample is weighted based on U.S. Census data using a procedure to match the demographic makeup of the target population of Connecticut internet users by gender, age and geography.
The survey was designed and paid for by Tremont Public Advisors, LLC.