CT-Sen: Dodd’s Numbers Still Ugly

Quinnipiac (7/16-20, registered voters, 5/20-25 in parens, 3/26-31 in parens for Foley match-up):

Chris Dodd (D-inc): 39 (39)

Rob Simmons (R): 48 (45)

Undecided: 10 (13)

Chris Dodd (D-inc): 42 (41)

Sam Caligiuri (R): 40 (39)

Undecided: 15 (17)

Chris Dodd (D-inc): 42 (35)

Tom Foley (R): 42 (43)

Undecided: 14 (16)

Chris Dodd (D-inc): 43

Peter Schiff (R): 38

Undecided: 16

(MoE: ±2.5%)

Woof. The subtle consensus over the past couple of months has been that Dodd was beginning his slow climb back to respectability (and electoral viability) by keeping his nose clean and burying himself in the legislative process — especially since his numbers ticked upward slightly in the last Q-Poll of the race — but these numbers are still freak-nasty.

The Q also takes another look at the Dem and GOP primaries:

Chris Dodd (D-inc): 52 (44)

Merick Alpert (D): 18 (24)

Undecided: 27 (30)

(MoE: ±4%)

Rob Simmons (R): 42 (48)

Sam Caligiuri (R): 5 (10)

Tom Foley (R): 5 (n/a)

Peter Schiff (R): 0 (n/a)

Undecided: 45 (39)

(MoE: ±5%)

Well, at least those numbers look a little better for Dodd, but they’re hardly anything to brag about. On the bright side, though, Dodd’s overall favorables are inching in the right direction. After cratering in Quinnipiac’s late March survey at 30-58 (ouch!), Dodd’s currently sitting on a 40-50 favorable rating, up from 37-51 in May. Still bad, but no longer utterly toxic.

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8 thoughts on “CT-Sen: Dodd’s Numbers Still Ugly”

  1. And then he should read the writing on the wall (if it is still there) and retire.

    One of the members of Congress can hold the seat, even if starting to campaign for it in January.

  2. Blumenthal could hot the seat easily. I just don’t see Dodd coming back. Once things really heat up, the Republicans with harp on Dodd’s “scandals” 24/7.  

  3. Down by 9 in a blue state a year from the election. Dodd should save us all the headache and retire.

  4. Dodd has a massive war chest, can fundraise like almost no other Democrat, and is getting plenty of good publicity from health care. I suspect his fortunes will be improved if we get a good health care plan this year, seeing as how he’s been the pseudo-chairman of the HELP commitee in Kennedy’s absence

  5. Say, Ambassador to Argentina–and make it clear that the offer is only good if he leaves the race now.

  6. Although actually running an endorsement posthumously would be pretty bizarre and probably backfire.

    A good Ted Kennedy ad at the right time (after health care has been successfully passed) could do wonders for Dodd’s approval rating though.  Just one more reason to root for his continued health.  Kennedy himself would like the idea of saving his buddy Dodd before he goes.

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