Conn. Senate: Survey Says a 4th Term for Lieberman
Although some liberal Democrats in Connecticut continue to agitate for a primary challenge to Sen. Joe Lieberman, a new independent poll shows that defeating the three-term incumbent would be a tall task.
The survey, which was conducted by Quinnipiac University, showed that 64 percent of voters approve of the job Lieberman is doing, compared to 24 percent who disapprove. Interestingly, Lieberman received stronger job approval rating among Republicans (68 percent approve/20 percent disapprove) and Independents (65/23) than Democrats (55/29).
Those numbers were mirrored when voters were asked whether Lieberman deserved reelection in 2006. Overall, 64 percent said he should be reelected, while 24 percent said he shouldn't. Republicans were strongly in support (75/18) of a fourth term, while Independents (61/24) and Democrats (59/29) were slightly less enthusiastic.
Lieberman's prime vulnerability appears to be his strong support for the war in Iraq. Just 35 percent of all voters think the war in Iraq was the "right thing," compared to 60 percent who called it the "wrong thing." Asked whether they agreed with Lieberman's "strong support" for the war, only one in five Democrats (19 percent) agreed while a whopping 74 percent disagreed.
One thing is for sure after looking over the Quinnipiac data. Former Republican senator and independent Gov. Lowell Weicker isn't the candidate to knock Lieberman off. Only 27 percent of respondents said they wanted to see Weicker run as an independent against Lieberman, and the Lieberman lead for a head-to-head matchup with Weicker was 65 percent to 21 percent.
The poll did not ask any questions regarding Ned Lamont, a wealthy Greenwich cable company executive contemplating a primary race against Lieberman. "I've got people calling me up and saying 'You're crazy but the issues are important, go for it,'" Lamont told the newspaper Greenwich Time Tuesday. Lamont is opposed to the war in Iraq.
Lieberman has assured local newspapers in recent days that he is running for a fourth term regardless of whether he is opposed in the primary or not. He also ruled out the possibility of being named President Bush's Secretary of Defense, telling a local paper he was "not interested" in the job.
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