March 9th, 2011 | Uncategorized

Connecticut voters ‘grumpy,’ unhappy with Malloy’s budget proposals

Newly elected Gov. Dannel Malloy is not enjoying a honeymoon with Connecticut voters.

A Quinnipiac University poll released today shows Malloy’s approval rating at 40 percent, with a majority of voters disapproving of how he has handled the state’s budget. 68 percent of respondents said they think the governor’s budget proposals, which aim to raise a record $1.5 billion in new tax revenue, raise taxes too much on the middle class.

By contrast, 48 percent of respondents said Malloy’s tax increases on the wealthy—0.2 percent for those making more than $1 million per year—were not enough.

“Connecticut voters are in a grumpy mood,” poll director Douglas Schwartz said in a press release. “Nearly 70 percent are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the state and no elected official in this survey has an approval rating above 50 percent.”

Malloy appears to be getting credit for at least one thing: 89 percent of respondents approved of the governor’s talking to the public about the state’s budget and the economy at 17 town-hall meetings throughout the state.

Malloy will stop in New Haven for a town-hall meeting Mar. 23.