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Thursday, November 20, 2003


Trouble for Lieberman

posted by Editor at Thursday, November 20, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
There's trouble for Sen. Lieberman in the Constitution State. The newest Quinnipiac Poll in his native Connecticut shows that Gov. Dean has narrowed the gap behind Lieberman to only five points.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has narrowed the gap and now trails Sen. Joseph Lieberman 28 -- 23 percent among Connecticut Democrats, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Sen. Lieberman enjoyed a comfortable 33 -- 17 percent lead among Democrats in an October 10 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

The poll's director sums it up in the following:
"What we see here is Gov. Dean moving up among Connecticut Democrats, while Sen. Lieberman slips from favor. Connecticut's reaction to Lieberman's Presidential candidacy has been much more negative than when he ran for Vice President," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.
"In September 2000, Lieberman's job approval soared to 80 percent. Now he limps along just above 50 percent. His approval has dropped among his Democratic base and among a group that historically has supported him -- independent voters.

Also in trouble is George W. Bush:
President George W. Bush's approval is a negative 45 - 50 percent in Connecticut, compared to 43 -- 53 percent October 10.

Perhaps if Gov. Dean were to take a few days and campaign in Connecticut, he could upset Lieberman.


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