Gov. Malloy's Public Approval Rating Hits New Low

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's popularity rating has hit a new low, with a majority of registered voters disapproving of how the Democrat has managed the state's economy, jobs, budget and taxes. 

A new Quinnipiac University poll released this morning shows just 24 percent of registered voters approve of how Malloy is handling his job, while 68 percent disapprove. It's a drop from Malloy's prior lowest rating of 32 percent in October. 

The news release on the poll says this is Malloy's worst approval rating ever and one of the lowest approval ratings ever recorded for a governor in any of the nine states surveyed.

Former Gov. Rowland had a 69 to 24 percent disapproval rating on Feb. 19, 2004.

"Voters feel Connecticut's economy is going down the drain and they are sending Gov. Dannel Malloy's approval ratings right down the same drain. Even Democrats disapprove of the way he is doing his job," poll director Doug Schwartz said in a statement.

Eighty percent of those surveyed said the state's economy is "not so good" or "poor," while 74 percent say jobs are difficult to find. 

The survey of 1,330 voters has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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