Poll: Connecticut Voters Call Malloy's Tax Refund Plan 'A Gimmick'

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Most Connecticut voters disapproved of Gov. Dannel Malloy's policies on the economy and taxes in a recent poll by Quinnipiac University.
Most Connecticut voters disapproved of Gov. Dannel Malloy's policies on the economy and taxes in a recent poll by Quinnipiac University. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – The majority of Connecticut voters feel that Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed tax refunds are a “political gimmick,” according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.


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Malloy announced in January that he plans to use a portion of the state’s $505 million surplus to give a refund to Connecticut taxpayers. His plan would give individuals $55 and joint filers $110.

“We should give something back to Connecticut taxpayers, because if the people of Connecticut are going to share in the sacrifice during tough times, they should also share in the recovery as things begin to turn around,” Malloy said of the refund in his State of the State address last month.

But about 49 percent of Connecticut voters think the refunds are a “bad idea,” compared with 43 percent who favor the refunds, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. But when asked whether the idea was “a political gimmick” or “good public policy,” 63 percent of respondents leaned toward gimmick, while only 23 percent felt it was a good policy, the poll says.

Republicans were most against the idea, with 59 percent opposed to the refund and 89 percent calling it a “gimmick.” Independent voters were also opposed to the refund, with 51 percent saying it was a bad idea and 71 percent saying it was a “gimmick.”

Democrats mostly thought it was a good idea (53 percent) but also leaned toward the “gimmick” side, with 41 percent choosing that answer versus 39 percent calling it “good policy.” About 3 percent of Republicans and 7 percent of Democrats called it both.

Respondents also criticized Malloy’s handling of what they deemed the state’s top issues. The poll asked voters what they felt the state’s top priority should be in an open-ended question. About 36 percent named jobs or other economic issues as their top priority, followed by 14 percent citing tax issues and 11 percent pulling for education.

"Gov. Dannel Malloy gets great marks for his handling of the snowstorms, but low marks for voter priorities, the economy and jobs, taxes, education and the budget," said Douglas Schwartz, director of the poll.

In the same poll 60 percent of respondents disapproved of Malloy’s economic policy, compared with 33 percent in favor. His approval rating on tax policy was even lower at 29 percent, with 63 percent of respondents disapproving.

The vote was closer on education, with 43 percent disapproving of Malloy’s policies and 41 percent approving. Voters also agreed that Malloy handled this winter’s snowstorms well, with 86 percent of all respondents approving of his work this winter and only 10 percent disapproving.

Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. criticized the governor's handling of the economy.

“Dan Malloy’s failure to fix Connecticut’s economy has made him one of the nation’s most unpopular governors, with an approval rating that has never gone above 50 percent," Labriola said. "Despite going on the offensive over the past few months, proposing cheap election-year gimmicks in a desperate attempt to save his re-election chances, Governor Malloy has been unable to convince voters that he deserves a second term."

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The Republicans are what is wrong with the country

Yeah sure, Republicans are in power in Washington right? Oh no, thats right, Obozo has been President now going on 6 years. Look in the mirror, people who support liberals are the real problem.
But regardless, nobody with even half a brain can blame CTs issues on anyone but the party in charge for a generation, DEMOCRATS. The biggest problem with Republicans is they act just like Democrats for the most part. We need a conservative movement to gain a foothold outside the GOP and its coming to a theater near you.

The Democratic monopoly is whats wrong with CT.

Lets not forget our own Bob Fluff who is seen on the shirt tails of Dan all the time.Explain what Darien got from Bob in terms of Metro North help on the rail system when all Bob has done in the last four votes is divert money form the special transportation fund into what Norwalk Schools and fluff? Dan is a problem but those helping him along the way have been with us longer.Sharpen your pencils vote this next election with facts not FLUFF.

You can't fool all the people all the time? Who knew ...

We could not get our tax refund and child tax credit for the last 2 years, we got a letter with impossible demands from the state and we were told that the governor changed the law to qualify for your refund you must provide a letter from your doctor, school, friend, neighbor...etc that the children are yours, if you do not respond in 30 day's you will not get your refund, we found it degrading that you have to share your laundry with everyone.
he also raided the environmental cleaning fund.
He is a bad governor not good for CT.

The Governor thinks we are all fools. Gov. Malloy borrows hundreds of millions of dollars and raids the transportation fund, and calls it a "surplus'! Folks --there is NO SURPLUS! The State is going to issue $400 million in new debt next week. Here is what the bond rating agency says: NEGATIVE OUTLOOK BASED ON BUDGET VULNERABILITY: The Negative Outlook reflects the state's reduced fiscal flexibility at a time of lingering economic and revenue uncertainty. The adopted budget for the current biennium relied on one-time items and anticipated little near-term progress in rebuilding fiscal flexibility. Recent revenue momentum, if it continues, may allow the state to materially improve its reserve position.

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2014/03/04/5737446/fitch-rates-400mm-connecticut.html#storylink=cpy