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Connecticut Survey of 500 Likely Voters Conducted February 20, 2011

By Pulse Opinion Research for Yankee Institute for Public Policy

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

30% Strongly approve                                                                                                                                                           34% Somewhat approve                                                                                                                                                        10% Somewhat disapprove                                                                                                                                                  27% Strongly disapprove                                                                                                                                                        0% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Dan Malloy has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

18% Strongly approve                                                                                                                                                           32% Somewhat approve                                                                                                                                                        19% Somewhat disapprove                                                                                                                                                   27% Strongly disapprove                                                                                                                                                        3% Not sure

3* If President Obama runs for re-election in the year 2012, will you probably vote for President Obama or probably vote for the Republican candidate?

52% Probably vote for President Obama
35% Probably vote for the Republican candidate                                                                                                             13% Not sure

4* Thinking about the health care bill signed into law by Barack Obama last year, do you think Congress should repeal the health care law and start over, or do you think Congress should keep the health care law?

45% Repeal the health care law and start over                                                                                                                44% Congress should keep the health care law                                                                                                                12% Not sure

5* Next, let’s turn to Connecticut’s state budget which has a deficit of about 3.7 billion dollars… Which approach would you choose for dealing with the state’s budget shortfall … rely entirely on spending cuts with no tax increases … rely mainly on spending cuts, with some tax increases … have an even balance of spending cuts and tax increases … rely mainly on tax increases, with some spending cuts … or rely entirely on tax increases, with no spending cuts?

27% Rely entirely on spending cuts with no tax increases
30% Rely mainly on spending cuts, with some tax increases                                                                                       30% Have an even balance of spending cuts and tax increases                                                                                    10% Rely mainly on tax increases, with some spending cuts                                                                                          1% Rely entirely on tax increases, with no spending cuts                                                                                                2% Not sure

6* Governor Malloy’s proposal would cut $750 million from the budget in social services, higher education, and agency consolidations. Do you support or oppose these spending cuts?

47% Support                                                                                                                                                                            28% Oppose                                                                                                                                                                              24% Not sure

7* Governor Malloy’s proposal would cut a billion dollars through concessions from state employees such as wage freezes, unpaid furlough days, and higher contributions to health care. Do you support or oppose seeking concessions from state employees?

71% Support                                                                                                                                                                              20% Oppose                                                                                                                                                                               9% Not sure

8* Governor Malloy’s proposal would increase income taxes on anyone making more than $50,000 a year and would increase the highest income tax rate from 6.5 to 6.7 percent. Do you support or oppose increasing the income tax?

38% Support                                                                                                                                                                            54% Oppose                                                                                                                                                                               8% Not sure

9* Governor Malloy’s proposal would increase the state sales tax from 6 percent to 6.35 percent. Do you support or oppose increasing the sales tax?

43% Support                                                                                                                                                                            53% Oppose                                                                                                                                                                               4% Not sure

10* Governor Malloy’s proposal would apply the sales tax to now-exempt items such as hair cuts, car washes, and clothing and footwear that costs less than $50. Do you support or oppose expanding the sales tax?

34% Support                                                                                                                                                                            60% Oppose                                                                                                                                                                               6% Not sure

11* Governor Malloy’s proposal would raise taxes on cigarettes by 40 cents a pack and would raise taxes on alcohol by 20 percent. Do you support or oppose raising taxes on cigarettes and alcohol?

68% Support                                                                                                                                                                           29% Oppose                                                                                                                                                                               3% Not sure

12* Governor Malloy’s proposal would eliminate the existing $500 property tax credit for the middle class. Do you support or oppose eliminating the property tax credit?

15% Support                                                                                                                                                                            73% Oppose                                                                                                                                                                              12% Not sure

13* Governor Malloy’s proposal would increase the state gas tax from 25 cents a gallon to 28 cents a gallon. Do you support or oppose increasing the gas tax?

31% Support                                                                                                                                                                            67% Oppose                                                                                                                                                                               2% Not sure

14* Governor Malloy has proposed an Earned Income Tax Credit for low income households that earn less than about $21,000 a year from their jobs. Such households would be eligible for a tax refund of about $1,700 even though they did not pay any state income taxes because their income was too low. This credit would be in addition to an existing federal earned income tax credit of more than $5,000 such households are already eligible for. The new tax credit would cost Connecticut taxpayers more than $100 million a year in new spending. Do you support or oppose a STATE Earned Income Tax Credit for low income households?

21% Support                                                                                                                                                                            68% Oppose                                                                                                                                                                             12% Not sure

15* Have you or your family ever considered moving out of Connecticut because of high taxes?

58% Yes                                                                                                                                                                                     39% No                                                                                                                                                                                       3% Not sure
16* Do you consider yourself a supporter of the Tea Party Movement?

20% Yes                                                                                                                                                                                    63% No                                                                                                                                                                                        17% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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