Connecticut voters like the way Gov. Dannel Malloy responded to Tropical Storm Irene, but he still has a negative approval rating.
"Tropical Storm Irene put no wind in Gov. Dannel Malloy's sails," Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said in a release issued on Thursday morning. "Connecticut voters liked the way he responded to the storm, but this doesn't translate into a positive overall job approval rating."
Quinnipiac University conducted the poll between Sept. 8 and 13.
Malloy’s approval rating for storm response was 79 percent, but his overall approval rating was 41 percent, according to the Quinnipiac University poll released today.
"Gov. Malloy might be envious of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who apparently did get an Irene bounce,” Schwartz said.
The Malloy administration responded in a written statement.
“We have tried to be consistent in not saying much about polls because, what’s there to say? Polls come and go, numbers go up and down. The Governor always does what he thinks is best for the state and the right thing to do,” Roy Occhiogrosso, senior advisor to the governor, said in a statement.
The poll revealed that most people like Malloy – by a 45 to 23 percent margin – but dislike his policies, 50 to 36 percent.
But, the state budget and how Malloy handled public employee unions contributed to negative ratings.
"Almost half of Connecticut voters turn thumbs down on Malloy, with an even bigger negative for his handling of the state budget. Even among his Democratic base about a third disapprove of the job he is doing," Schwartz said.