Chris Dodd teeters on the brink

As he faces a tough campaign in 2010, the Connecticut senator's approval rating continues to plummet.

Published April 2, 2009 2:15PM (EDT)

Fortunately for him, by this point, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., has a lot of connections in the banking industry. Because right now, it looks as if Dodd will be searching for a new job pretty soon.

Various polls have contained bad news for Dodd for a while, but a new one out from Quinnipiac University is the worst yet. It shows the senator with his worst approval rating ever, as just 33 percent of respondents approve of the job he's doing. 58 percent disapprove. And in a hypothetical matchup against one Republican challenger, Rep. Rob Simmons, Dodd trails by an astonishing 16 points, with Simmons garnering the support of 50 percent of respondents to 34 percent who said they will back Dodd. Only 58 percent of Democrats said they'd vote for Dodd over Simmons.

The incumbent, who chairs the Senate Banking Committee, has been hit particularly hard by the AIG scandals.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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