With low poll numbers, Malloy says work not appreciated now

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, suffering from low public approval ratings, says the hard work he has been doing to help the state “probably won’t be appreciated for years to come.”

This week’s Quinnipiac University Poll shows that 24 percent of voters approve of how the Democrat is handling his job. It’s the lowest rating during Malloy’s 5 1/2-year tenure.

Malloy blames the low numbers on today’s “complicated period of time,” a reference to the state’s continued revenue challenges and slow recovery from the recession.

He contends his administration is laying the groundwork for future growth. But he acknowledges those decisions, such as layoffs and spending cuts, are unpopular.

Malloy says he plans to spend every ounce of his political capital improving the state before leaving office.

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