Thursday, June 08, 2006

New Quinnipiac Poll shows Lamont gaining

From the latest Quinnipiac University poll:
June 8, 2006 - Lamont Gains On Lieberman Among Connecticut Dems, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Rell Rules In Governor's Race

Anti-war Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont has gained ground on Sen. Joseph Lieberman, and now trails the incumbent 55 - 40 percent among likely Democratic primary voters, including undecided voters who are leaning towards a candidate, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
This is VERY significant, when you consider that just over a month ago on May 2nd, the last Q-poll said this about the race:

"In a possible Democratic primary, the incumbent beats businessman Ned Lamont 65 - 19 percent..."

So Ned went from 19% to 40% in 35 days. At this rate Ned Lamont will have 76% of the vote by primary day, two months from now!
Among all Democrats, Sen. Lieberman leads 57 - 32 percent, compared to 65 - 19 percent in a May 2 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

All Connecticut voters approve 56 - 32 percent of the job Lieberman is doing. Democrats approve 49 - 38 percent, down from 60 - 31 percent May 2.

In possible general election matchups:

* Lieberman defeats Republican challenger Alan Schlesinger 68 - 14 percent;
* Lamont beats Schlesinger 37 - 20 percent, with 34 percent undecided;
* Running as an independent, Lieberman gets 56 percent, to 18 percent for Lamont and 8 percent for Schlesinger.

"Ned Lamont's surprisingly strong showing at the state Democratic convention gained him a lot of headlines and probably has helped increase his poll numbers. The biggest change is among women and liberals," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.

"But has Lamont's anti-war campaign peaked or can he mount an even stronger attack on Sen. Lieberman, the popular and respected incumbent?"

Connecticut Democrats say 56 - 34 percent that Lieberman deserves to be reelected. Among those who want him reelected, 23 percent point to his overall record as the principal reason. Among those who do not want him reelected, 20 percent list his support for the war in Iraq as the main reason.

All Connecticut voters disapprove 72 - 24 percent of the job President Bush is doing. Voters disapprove 73 - 23 percent of the way the President is handling the Iraq war and say 63 - 33 percent that going to war in Iraq was the wrong thing to do.

The U.S. should withdraw all troops from Iraq, 31 percent of voters say, while 29 percent want the U.S. to reduce the number of troops; 19 percent want to maintain the current number of troops and 14 percent want to increase the number of troops....
Personally, I'm not too happy about them referring to Ned Lamont simply as "Anti-war Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont"; he isn't a one-issue candidate at all. People need to be educated about what Lamont stands for, issues like:

* No government interference in the hospital room (Schiavo case)
* No illegal government spying (NSA scandal)
* No more subsidies to Big Oil ($14 Billion in tax breaks)
* No government discrimination in the Constitution (anti-gay marriage amendment)
* No kissing George W. Bush (well, that one's obvious!)

The more people who hear the ENTIRE message, the more people who will abandon phony Democrat Joe Lieberman and join with Ned Lamont to take back our party.


CT Bob said...

Are the comments working now?

CT Bob said...

Alsobob - I agree, but I don't have any idea of what the campaign's upcoming TV strategy is going to be.

In the "Changing Minds" commercial, the voice-over mentioned Joe's voting on several issues, but the action on the screen was so compelling and busy that I think the message was seriously muted. The Hillsman-produced commercials are very visual, and that detracts from the voiced message.

The Lieberman ad is somewhat more effective because the voice-over reads what the text on the screen says. That reinforces the message. I hope Hillsman and the Lamont camp take that into consideration.

Anonymous said...

O.K. Here's mine to add to the list.
No more talk of privatizing social security either, please!
Or tangoing with Big Pharma at the expense of seniors.

Anonymous said...

One more to add to the list: no more tango-ing with the right-wing at the expense of women's rights.