February 5, 2018

Poll: CT residents unhappy about budget resolution, other issues

Only a fifth of 1,000 residents polled by Sacred Heart University's Institute for Public Policy said in January they were satisfied with Connecticut's final state budget, a sign of discontent borne out in other findings.

"A large majority was dissatisfied with the legislature's [Oct. 2017] budget agreement and felt it didn't address key issues, such as funding for K-12 public education, infrastructure and pensions. Nor did it improve residents' overall outlook on Connecticut, with 66.8 percent pessimistic about the state's future," said Professor Lesley DeNardis, executive director of the institute.

About 62 percent of residents reported their quality of life in Connecticut as "excellent" or "good," but that figure is flat from the third to the fourth quarter of 2017.

In January, the number of respondents who viewed their quality of life as decreasing grew by four percentage points to 34.3 percent, compared to 30.3 percent in October 2017. And more than three-fifths of residents reported that maintaining their standard of life was difficult.

The poll also found that worries are mounting about the high cost of living, taxes and energy costs, and even the latest federal tax law changes, which cap state and local tax deductions on federal income at $10,000. More than 40 percent "strongly" opposed the measure, the poll found.

Pollsters found one bright spot, however. Although many Connecticut residents continue to have serious concerns about the state's overall direction, those high-earners who would contemplate moving to a different state within the next five years dropped from 49 percent in October to 33 percent in January.

Party affiliation played a role in residents considering leaving the state, with 43.8 percent of Republican respondents indicating willingness, compared to 33.1 percent of Democrats.

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