FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy’s approval rating is at its highest level ever, according to the results from a poll released by Quinnipiac University Tuesday.
About 48 percent of Connecticut voters in the poll said they approved of the way Malloy has been doing his job, compared to 39 percent who disapproved. Malloy’s approval rating rose five points since the last Quinnipiac poll on March 6, the university said.
The state legislature did not fare as well. In the same poll 47 percent said they did not like the way the state legislature was doing its job, compared to 38 percent who approved. Republicans in the statehouse (32 percent approval) polled worse than Democrats (44 percent approval) among all voters.
Voters in the poll especially liked Malloy’s leadership in a crisis. About 76 percent said they approved of his handling of the Sandy Hook School shooting, and 80 percent said they liked his work during the major blizzard last month. Respondents did not like Malloy’s policies on the state budget (57 percent disapprove), taxes (61 percent disapprove) or the economy (56 percent disapprove).
"Connecticut voters say Gov. Dannel Malloy is a good man to have in a crisis and give him very high grades for his response to recent crises in the state," Douglas Schwartz director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said in a press release. "On the day-to-day issues of governing, such as budget, taxes and the economy, he gets failing grades."
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