Sixty-nine percent of Connecticut voters are dissatisfied with the state's direction according to a new poll released today.
The Quinnipiac University Poll shows just 2% of voters are very satisfied with the way things are going in Connecticut, while 28% said they are somewhat satisfied.
Seventy-seven percent of independent voters—the state's largest voting bloc—say they are somewhat or very dissatisfied, with 23% expressing satisfaction.
Among registered Democratic voters, 46% are satisfied with the state's direction and 54% are dissatisfied.
Eleven percent of registered Republicans say they are satisfied and 89% are somewhat or very dissatisfied.
Women are more satisfied with the state's direction than men—34% versus 26%—while older voters are more dissatisfied than younger voters.
The Q-Poll also asked voters their opinions about the state's economy.
Seventy-one percent described Connecticut's economy as not so good or poor, one-quarter said it was good, and 1% thought it was excellent.
Democrats are more likely to have a positive impression of the economy—35% of those voters said it was good or excellent and 61% thought it not so good or poor.
Seventy-seven percent of independent voters—the state's largest voting bloc—are dissatisfied with Connecticut's direction.
Among registered Republicans, just 12% feel favorably about the economy and 77% say it is not so good or poor.
Is Connecticut's economy getting better?
Almost half (49%) of voters say it is staying the same, 36% believe conditions are worsening, and 12% see it improving.
More than half (51%) of Republican voters see economic conditions worsening compared with 39% of independents and 25% of Democrats.
Forty percent of voters say they are better off financially than they were a year ago, 30% are worse off, and 28% say their financial status is the same.
Younger voters (those aged 18-34) were more likely to say they are better off—63% compared with 40% of those aged 35-49, 37% of 50-64 year-olds, and 26% of those over 65.
Governor's Race, Taxes, Tolls
Seventy percent of voters are satisfied with the choices for governor this election, 25% are dissatisfied, and 5% are unsure.
Among Republican voters, that percentage rises to 76%, while 72% of Democrats and 66% of independents are satisfied.
Almost half (49%) of voters support eliminating the state income tax, 35% are opposed, and 16% were unsure.
Independents and Republicans are more likely to support eliminating the income tax—60% and 66% respectively—while only 32% of Democrats favor elimination.
However, only 35% of voters believe phasing out the income tax over eight years is realistic. Fifty-six percent said it is unrealistic and 8% are unsure.
Fifty-three percent oppose reintroducing tolls on Connecticut highways, with 40% in favor and 6% unsure.
Younger voters (18-34) were more likely to oppose tolls—64% compared with 55% of those aged 35-49, 51% of 50-64 year-olds, and 47% of those over 65.