AIG Gaffe Puts Dodd 16% Behind GOP Challenger: Poll

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2009 12:11 PM CDT
An AIG office in Connecticut.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The AIG bonus scandal has battered Connecticut Democrat Chris Dodd’s Senate reelection chances, the Hartford Courant reports. A new poll shows the five-term incumbent trailing GOP challenger Rob Simmons by 16%, a deficit one analyst calls “staggering.” Overall, Dodd’s approval is at 33%. And since AIG, “his approval rating among Democrats is down to 51%,” the pollster said.