Lieberman Looks Weak

Things aren't looking good for Joe Lieberman in the Nutmeg state.

By a narrow 48 - 45 percent margin, voters disapprove of the job Sen. Joseph Lieberman is doing and give him a negative 43 - 49 percent favorability. Republicans approve 75 - 20 percent. Democrats disapprove 70 - 21 percent and independent voters split 48 - 46 percent.

By contrast, State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal gets a 79 - 12 percent approval rating and 71 - 13 percent favorability rating. Republicans approve of the Democrat 66 - 25 percent. Democrats approve 85 - 6 percent and independent voters approve 81 - 10 percent.

If Sen. Lieberman faces Blumenthal in 2012, the Democratic challenger has an early 58 - 30 percent lead. Republicans go with Lieberman 67 - 23 percent while Blumenthal leads 83 - 9 percent among Democrats and 55 - 29 percent among independent voters.

This isn't the greatest survey ever. It would be significantly more helpful if in addition to a head-to-head matching Lieberman against Democrat Richard Blumenthal there were also a three-way matchup featuring those two along with a Republican (perhaps Chris Shays), because it's not entirely likely that there wouldn't be a GOP nominee in the race. That said, an incumbent who is polling at 30 percent in a named matchup, and trailing by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, is not in a strong position. I'm skeptical that these numbers will move Lieberman to figure out that he would be better served by actually representing the interests of his constituents -- but they should nevertheless serve as a wake up call to Lieberman that his current course has him on the path to ignominious defeat.

Tags: CT-Sen, Joe Lieberman, Senate 2012 (all tags)



Re: Lieberman Looks Weak

If Sen. Lieberman faces Blumenthal in 2012, the Democratic challenger has an early 58 - 30 percent lead.

This is Joe's last go round, then he is heading for that high paying job at AIPAC.

One of the reasons he simply doesn't declare himself a Republican, which is the truth, is it diminshes his aftermarket value.

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-10 09:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Lieberman Looks Weak

Things aren't looking good for Dodd either.

by esconded 2009-02-10 09:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Lieberman Looks Weak

Don't you think your headline is a bit redundant ;)

by jsfox 2009-02-10 10:21AM | 0 recs
If there is a God

   then that backstabbing, hypocritical coward will run for re-election and get absolutely obliterated by Blumenthal, or Lamont, or a local fisherman who's bored.

  Doesn't matter who. I want to see him run. I don't him "retiring" after a "distinguished" career. I want to see the same look on his face that we saw in August 06. Shock, anger, confusion, resentment. I want him out in the worst way...absolutely humiliated.

  Please run Joe!!

by southernman 2009-02-10 12:51PM | 0 recs
This is no comment on the Diety

But, I suspect, there will be no justice.

Joe is a cagy slimeball, he knows he would probably lose, so he will instead ooze offstage like the slug he is, into that high paying AIPAC job; payment indeed for his services rendered.

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-10 01:47PM | 0 recs
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Will he have the gall to run in the Democratic Primary? Or will he stick with Connecticut for Lieberman? Will the Republican Party oblige him with endorsements and money, throwing their own candidate under the bus? Or does he hope to triumph with 34% in a three-way race?

I'd love to see Lamont beat him, but another Jewish candidate is a better choice to split the ethnic vote.

by antiHyde 2009-02-10 02:56PM | 0 recs


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