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Toplines - Connecticut Presidential Election - October 14, 2008

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Connecticut Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted October 14, 2008
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How do you rate the way that George W. Bush is performing his role as President? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

7% Excellent

13% Good

17% Fair

61% Poor

2% Not sure

2* How do you rate the way that Jodi Rell is performing her role as Governor? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

21% Excellent

37% Good

34% Fair

9% Poor

0% Not sure

3* 2008 Presidential General Election Match-Ups

McCain

39%

Obama

56%

Some Other Candidate

1%

Not sure

3%

4* Favorable Ratings

McCain

Obama

Very favorable

22%

42%

Somewhat favorable

31%

21%

Somewhat unfavorable

23%

13%

Very unfavorable

24%

22%

Not sure

0%

2%

5* In terms of how you will vote for President, are you primarily interested in National Security issues such as the War with Iraq and the War on Terror, Economic issues such as jobs and economic growth, Domestic Issues like Social Security and Health Care, Cultural issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, or Fiscal issues such as taxes and government spending?

18% National Security Issues

51% Economic Issues

10% Domestic Issues

4% Cultural Issues

12% Fiscal Issues

6% Not sure

6* Do you agree or disagree with the Economic Rescue Plan passed by Congress recently?

30% Agree

48% Disagree

22% Not sure

7* Will the rescue plan help the economy, hurt the economy or have no impact on the economy?

36% Help

16% Hurt

31% No impact

17% Not sure

8* Given current economic conditions, what tax policy would be best to help spur economic growth? Would it be better to have higher taxes, lower taxes, or the same level of taxes?

12% Higher

53% Lower

26% Keep the same

9% Not sure

9* Suppose taxes were increased on people who make more than $250,000 a year. Would raising taxes for people who make more than $250,000 a year be good for the economy, bad for the economy, or have no impact on the economy?

58% Good for the economy

24% Bad

16% No impact

2% Not sure

10* When people sell stocks, bonds, and other assets for a profit, they pay a capital gains tax. Would raising the capital gains tax be good for the economy, bad for the economy, or have no impact on the economy?

22% Good for the economy

54% Bad

15% No impact

9% Not sure

11* Is this year’s Presidential election more positive than most, more negative than most, or about the same as most recent elections?

12% More positive

37% More negative

50% About the same
1% Not sure

12* Is it possible for a candidate to win an election without criticizing his opponent?

47% Yes
36% No

16% Not sure

13* Has Barack Obama’s campaign been generally positive, generally negative, or somewhere in between?

43% Generally positive
21% Generally negative

36% Somewhere in between

0% Not sure

14* Has John McCain’s campaign been generally positive, generally negative, or somewhere in between?

16% Generally positive
48% Generally negative

35% Somewhere in between

1% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence