Mar 6, 2014
05:11 AM
Connecticut Politics

Q Poll: Voters Say Malloy Rebate Plan is a 'Political Gimmick'

Q Poll: Voters Say Malloy Rebate Plan is a 'Political Gimmick'

There’s one positive thing Democrats and Republicans can agree in regard to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy—he’s great at handling snowstorms.

After that, voters flunk the first-term governor on their top priority issues, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Though divided by party, an overwhelming majority of voters saw through Malloy’s proposal to give eligible residents a $55 tax rebate (or $110 per household) to disburse the state’s surplus as a political gimmick. According to the poll, 63 percent versus 23 percent of voters saw the proposal as a political gimmick and not good public policy. Republicans viewed it as a gimmick 83 percent to 9 percent, and independents shared the same opinion 71 percent to 19 percent. The issue divides Democrats, where 41 percent call it a gimmick versus 39 percent who believe it's good public policy.

Malloy has not yet announced if he’s running for re-election, though he was criticized by Republicans following the proposal for using it as a campaign tactic.

According to the poll, 36 percent of voters say issues regarding the economy and jobs should be Malloy’s top concern—but 60 percent disapprove of the way Malloy is handling the economy and jobs, while 33 percent approve. Those numbers, and the rest of those grading Malloy, essentially fall along party lines.

On taxes, the second-most important issue according to voters, 29 percent approve of Malloy’s handling of the issue, compared to 63 who disapprove. Education, the next priority,  more evenly divides voters—41 percent approve of his handling of it, with 43 disapproving. His budget handling is again negative, with 37 approving versus 53 disapproving. Gun policy and the death penalty are the only two items where Malloy received positive marks—47 percent versus 43 percent approve of his handling of the gun policy, and 37 percent to 30 percent approve his handling of the death penalty.

“Gov. Dannel Malloy gets great marks for his handling of the snowstorms, but low marks for voter priorities, the economy and jobs, taxes, education and the budget,” poll director Douglas Schwartz said in a statement.

Part of the poll was released Tuesday which showed voters approve of Malloy’s job 48 percent to 45 percent.

Silver lining? Voters gave Malloy an 86 approval rating for how he's handled snowstorms. 

 

Q Poll: Voters Say Malloy Rebate Plan is a 'Political Gimmick'

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