-Dan Malloy continues to be one of the most unpopular Governors in the country in our polling. Only 33% of voters approve of him to 51% who disapprove. Out of more than 40 sitting Governors we've polled on across the country the only ones with worse numbers in our most recent polls are Bev Perdue of North Carolina, Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii, Pat Quinn of Illinois, and Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania.
Malloy only barely gets over 50% approval even with Democrats, at 52/33. Independents disapprove of him by a more than 2:1 margin, 25/53, and with Republicans he's at 15/73. Malloy would trail a hypothetical GOP opponent for reelection right now by a 46/39 margin. Certainly he has plenty of time to turn it around before November 2014 but for now he's not in a great position.
-Richard Blumenthal continues to be Connecticut's most popular major politician. 49% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 36% who disapprove, numbers pretty comparable to where he was when we last polled the state in September and found him at 52/34.
Joe Lieberman's approval numbers have seen a fair amount of improvement as he heads for the door. 41% of voters give him good marks to 43% who disapprove. Those still aren't good numbers but they compare quite favorably to the first poll we did after his retirement announcement, in March of 2011, when we found only 29% of voters approving of him to 58% who disapproved.
Lieberman continues to be very unpopular with Democrats. Only 26% approve of him, while 55% give him poor marks. But his numbers have seen significant recovery with Republicans (56/26) and independents (46/41).
When you expand the discussion to civil unions in Connecticut 88% of voters support some form of legal recognition for same sex couples to only 11% who are opposed. Even among Republicans 83% support either gay marriage or civil unions.
-Finally we took a look at Connecticut's two iconic college basketball coaches: Geno Auriemma for the women and Jim Calhoun for the men. Auriemma has a much better image in the state and has numbers any of the state's major politicians would take in a second. 57% of voters see him favorably to only 10% with a negative opinion. Calhoun's numbers are decent too but not really in the same league- 35% rate him favorably to 20% unfavorably.
Full results here