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Poll: Voters Disapprove Of Malloy’s Handling Of Budget

Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy (Photo: CT Governor's Office)

Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy (Photo: CT Governor’s Office)

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The new Quinnipiac Poll shows dissatisfaction with Connecticut’s Governor’s budget proposal.

The honeymoon is over for Governor Malloy. That’s what Quinnipiac Poll’s Doug Schwartz told WCBS 880 Reporter Fran Schneidau.

WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau with more on the poll results.

“Voters largely disapprove of the way he’s handling the budget specifically. They think he’s raising taxes too much,” said Schwartz.

Malloy spoke to about 500 business representatives at the Capitol, saying his tax hikes and spending cuts will plug a $3.4 billion deficit and help cities and towns avoid deeper fiscal troubles.

“This is a different road, but it’s an honest road,” he said. “And I understand there is something in this budget for everyone to hate.”

Respondents to the Quinnipiac Poll feel more of the burden to erase the deficit should be placed on the wealthy, said Schwartz.

Connecticut voters give Malloy credit for his effort to explain his budget through statewide town hall forums and more than half surveyed said they’re optimistic about the next four years under Malloy.

The Democratic governor, who has been crisscrossing the state to tout his budget, also repeated his pledge to seek shared sacrifices.