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POLL: Approval for Murphy, Blumenthal Still Wallowing, Down From 2017 Highs

April 12, 2018 By Staff
POLL: Approval for Murphy, Blumenthal Still Wallowing, Down From 2017 Highs

The senators stopped some of the bleeding in their net approval ratings, but they're still less popular with Connecticut voters than they were in 2017.

In January, Reclaim Connecticut wrote about how net approval ratings for Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) were dropping rapidly over 2017.

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It’s 2018 now, and while Murphy and Blumenthal seem to have stopped the political bleeding, they’re still less popular with Connecticut voters than they were at the beginning of 2017.

A new Morning Consult poll released Thursday found Murphy’s approval rating is 50 percent, down from 55 percent in the first quarter of 2017, and Blumenthal’s approval rating is also 50 percent, down from 58 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

Here’s how their net approvals have tracked over a year-plus:

  • Q1 2017: Blumenthal 58-33 (+25), Murphy 55-33 (+22)
  • Q2 2017: Blumenthal 56-34 (+22), Murphy 53-33 (+20)
  • Q3 2017: Blumenthal 54-34 (+20), Murphy 53-31 (+22)
  • Q4 2017: Blumenthal 51-37 (+14), Murphy 49-34 (+15)
  • Q1 2018: Blumenthal 50-38 (+12), Murphy 50-34 (+16)

Blumenthal’s net approval is down to only +12 percentage points (from +25 at this time last year), putting him near dangerous single-digit territory. Murphy’s is +16, effectively unchanged from last quarter’s net approval of +15.

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