Poll: Lieberman approval rating just 25 percent

The senator's constituents aren't happy with his performance, especially on healthcare

By Alex Koppelman
Published January 7, 2010 4:38PM (EST)

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., got himself some press -- and some power -- with his stance on healthcare reform. But it doesn't seem like he got himself the love of his constituents.

Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, is out with the results of a survey in which it asked Connecticut voters about Lieberman. What they found was fairly stunning: Only 25 percent of respondents said they approve of the job he's been doing. 67 percent disapprove. Much of that comes from Democrats, who disapprove of him 81-14. But even independents and Republicans have turned against the senator. His disapproval with independents is at 61 percent, compared to 32 percent approval, and a plurality of Republicans -- 48 percent -- said he's doing a bad job, compared to 39 percent who said they approve.

Respondents were basically split on the Democrats' healthcare proposals -- 47 percent support them, 43 percent are opposed, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points. Even so, Lieberman's stance manage to alienate a strong majority, 68 percent; only 19 percent said they agreed with how he handled the issue. Presumably the difference in the two answers is due to a damned-if-you-do situation; those who support reform are angry with him for being a roadblock, while those who oppose it are upset he eventually decided to vote in favor.

(Hat-tip to Political Wire.)

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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