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Trouble in Paradise? Murphy, Blumenthal Drop 6 Points Each in Approval; Murphy Below 50%

January 24, 2018 By Staff
Trouble in Paradise? Murphy, Blumenthal Drop 6 Points Each in Approval; Murphy Below 50%

Connecticut's senators have become used to operating with political impunity. Their falling approval ratings suggest those days may be over.

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have long enjoyed relative political popularity in true-blue Connecticut. At the beginning of 2017, Morning Consult found well over half of Connecticut voters approved of Murphy (55 percent) and Blumenthal (58 percent).

The days of political paradise for Connecticut’s senators may be over.

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A new poll released by Morning Consult found Murphy under 50-percent approval (49 percent) for the first time in over a year, and Blumenthal dropping to 51 percent.

Here’s how the approval ratings for Murphy and Blumenthal have tracked each quarter in the last year:

  • 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)

Overall, Blumenthal’s approval rating dropped seven points in one year, and Murphy’s dropped six points. Blumenthal’s net approval dropped a whopping 11 points, and Murphy’s net approval dropped seven points.

It’s unclear what explains the drop. Maybe it’s the senators’ opposition to GOP tax cuts, which have benefited Connecticut families and businesses. Maybe it’s Blumenthal’s hypocrisy, or Murphy’s affection for tweeting over governing.

Either way, the political honeymoon for Connecticut’s senators appears to be coming to an end.

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