Gov. Rowland falls further in Conn. poll

64% of public want impeachment inquiry

January 18, 2004|By Dave Altimari and Christopher Keating | Dave Altimari and Christopher Keating,HARTFORD COURANT

HARTFORD, Conn. - As the realization sinks in that Republican Gov. John G. Rowland is not going to resign, more state residents support a legislative inquiry that could lead to his impeachment.

The latest poll by the University of Connecticut, completed yesterday, shows that 64 percent want the impeachment inquiry to begin, an 8 percentage point increase compared with those polled a week earlier.

The number of people who want the governor to resign remained at 63 percent. The number of people who said they would vote to impeach Rowland - that is, to see him tried in the state Senate - also remained steady, at 54 percent.

The desire to see impeachment proceedings begin spreads across party lines, with 71 percent of Democrats saying the inquiry should begin and 61 percent of Republicans and independent voters saying the same. That is an 11 percentage point increase among Republicans, Dautrich said.

The university poll was conducted as the Rowland administration is facing increasing scrutiny, with federal prosecutors and the FBI investigating charges of bid-rigging and bribery.

On Dec. 12, Rowland admitted that he had lied about who paid for thousands of dollars in renovations to his vacation cottage on Bantam Lake in Litchfield, Conn. Some of the same people who are under federal investigation had provided gifts or worked on improvements on the cottage.

The telephone poll surveyed 640 Connecticut residents from Thursday to yesterday and has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.

The Hartford Courant is a Tribune Publishing newspaper. The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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