Does anyone else find the Q-poll's incessant use of the phonetic spelling of their name in their press releases somewhat irritating and condescending? We all know how it's pronounced! Sheesh!
Well, here at KON-et-i-kut BAHB, we would never stoop to that level of disrespect! (didja see what I did there?)
Anyway, here it is nearly a year out from the 2010 election, and Republicans statewide are already breaking out the Moet and caviar. They're seemingly convinced that their knight in slightly rusted armor, Rob Simmons, is going to save the day for them.
Just calm yourselves down, boys and girls. It's way early, and the poll reflects less of an endorsement of Simmons than simple dissatisfaction with their perception of the job Sen. Chris Dodd (and Congress in general) is doing. Their head-to-head numbers are 49-38%. Which isn't great for Dodd, but there's still a couple unresolved issues at hand that will likely change things over the next year.
Simmons (pictured above; horrendously) against Dodd, even with this terrible economy and current outlook of uncertainty, still can't manage to pull 50%. In fact, in an all-out Republican primary, Simmons is mired at merely 28% against the field, which is lukewarm approval indeed! People aren't likely to begin pouring their money into a campaign that doesn't carry a 1-in-3 voter support of even winning the nomination.
The voters of blue Connecticut simply won't overwhelmingly support an insignificant little ex-Congressman who enthusiastically carried water for the worst president since Nixon. Maybe Linda McMahon will become the great GOP hope. With her unlimited wealth, if she can successfully distance herself from the WWE's tawdry image, Dodd may have a very tough fight ahead.
The numbers on Sen. Joe Lieberman are interesting. He rates a 74% approval rating from Republicans! Seventy-four percent! Boy, the GOP loves them some Joe! Hey Harry Reid, I bet that decision to keep him in the caucus is really paying off big these days, right? Boy, I don't know WHAT we'd do without Joe around!
Overall, no major surprises in this poll. While the news isn't great, it certainly could have been worse. We're far from crunch time, but Sen. Dodd and the Democrats do need to be concerned with the public perception (accurate or not) that they need to do more to solve our very immediate problems right now.
(h/t to ConnecticutMan1 over at Drinking Liberally in New Milford for the phonetic gag)