An Emerson College Polling/The Hill poll in Connecticut finds 55% of voters approve of the job Ned Lamont is doing as Governor while 32% disapprove, and 13% are neutral. Similarly, President Joe Biden has a 53% approval in the state, while 42% disapprove.
Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling said, “President Biden and Ned Lamont have their highest approval ratings among female voters: 56% approve of Biden and 58% approve of Lamont.”
"Lamont has a 75% approval among Connecticut Democrats, 34% among Republicans, and 47% among Independents," Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling noted.
If the gubernatorial election is held between Governor Ned Lamont and Bob Stefanowski, 51% plan to support Governor Lamont while 38% would support Stefanowski. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.
Kimball pointed out, “Lamont carries the majority of urban and city voters with 58% and suburban voters with 51%, while Stefanowski has a 46% plurality support among rural voters.”
The poll tested a series of general election matchups for Senator Richard Blumenthal. First, against Themis Klarides, Blumenthal leads 50% to 40%, 10% are undecided. Next, against Leora Levy, Blumenthal leads 52% to 36%; 11% are undecided. Lastly, against Peter Lumaj, Blumenthal leads 51% to 35%; 14 are undecided.
In a potential 2024 matchup between President Biden and Donald Trump, 51% of Connecticut voters plan to support Biden and 38% plan to support Trump.
The economy is the most important issue for the plurality, 48%, of Connecticut voters, followed by healthcare with 11%, Covid-19 and education with 8% respectively, housing with 7%, crime with 6%, and immigration with 3%. Ten percent say something else.
“Among those who say the economy is the top issue facing Connecticut, a 59% majority disapprove of the job Joe Biden is doing as president,” Kimball noted.
Sixty percent of Connecticut voters think there should be some maximum age limit for elected officials: 33% think the maximum age should be 70, 17% think it should be 75, and 10% think it should be 80. Forty-percent think there should not be a maximum age limit for elected officials.
“Interestingly, older voters are less likely to say there should not be a maximum age limit for elected officials, 35% say there should not be an age limit compared to 44% of 18-29 year olds,” Kimball said.
Voters were asked what statement comes closdest to their position on abortion: legal in all cases, legal up to 20 weeks of pregnancy, legal up to 6 weeks of pregnancy, legal only in cases of rape, incest, when the woman’s life is endangered, or illegal in all cases. A plurality, 34%, say it should be legal in all cases, 20% say it should be legal up to 20 weeks of pregnancy, 14% think it should be legal up to six weeks of pregnancy, 23% say it should be legal only in cases in special cases, and 9% say it should be illegal in all cases.
Nearly a third, 32%, of Connecticut voters say they plan to work from home at least part-time for the foreseeable future as we emerge from the pandemic, while 41% say they do not plan to work from home.
The Emerson College Polling Connecticut poll of voters was conducted May 10-11, 2022. The sample consisted of registered voters, n=1,000, with a Credibility Interval (CI) similar to a poll’s margin of error (MOE) of +/- 3 percentage points. The data sets were weighted by gender, age, education, and race/ethnicity based on 2022 turnout modeling. It is important to remember that subsets based on gender, age, education, and race/ethnicity carry with them higher margins of error, as the sample size is reduced. Data was collected using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system of landlines and an online panel provided by Amazon MTurk.