...37 percent of residents view job creation and the economy as their greatest concern, up from 25 percent last fall.
Only 7 percent of residents see the availability of jobs improving, while 48 percent see the job market worsening and 39 percent predict it will remain the same. (Pazniokas)
Not surprising, considering the grim economic news we've been hearing lately. Layoffs at Electric Boat, the closure of the Winchester factory in New Haven and stagnant job creation numbers have put the economy front and center in people's minds.
Gov. Rell has thus far been untouched by economic troubles (as well as political troubles--the Moody scandal seems like a distant memory now, and most voters apparently didn't pay attention to it in the first place), despite the fact that her opponents have repeatedly attacked her on that front. John DeStefano will try tomorrow to gain some ground against her when he announces part of a new jobs plan his campaign has devised.
Rell has yet to propose a comprehensive plan to stimulate the state's economy, preferring to deal with situations as they arise. Both DeStefano and Malloy have attacked her for this approach, which the DeStefano campaign has referred to as "a press release and a band-aid," but so far state residents don't seem to have a problem with it.
Pazniokas, Mark. "Poll: State Worried About Jobs." Hartford Courant 2 February, 2006.