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Patch's Poll: Do Political Endorsements Really Matter In An Election?

The AFL-CIO just endorsed Chris Murphy, but with our increasingly independent electorate, do you think this will have an effect on voter opinion?

One of the largest public unions in Connecticut, the AFL-CIO, endorsed Democratic frontrunner Chris Murphy in his bid for the 2012 U.S. Senate seat.

According to the Connecticut Mirror, Murphy took the opportunity to proclaim that his candidacy was more about the importance of working families and organized labor against big moneyed interests looking to buy elections.

Murphy then went on to credit the AFL-CIO for helping Democrats win all five congressional seats in Connecticut back in 2010, in a year when Republicans swept many house races and ousted a number of incumbents, the news site reported.

"You want to know why Connecticut survived that tidal wave of Republican wins across the country?" Murphy said, according to the Mirror. "We did it because you built the biggest and the baddest grass-roots effort in the country."

It’s also to note that the AFL-CIO also endorsed Chris Donovan, the frontrunner candidate for the 5th District seat whose campaign is facing a federal investigation into alleged campaign finance fraud.

Do you think union endorsements, or endorsements from newspapers or other politicians, have an effect on the outcome of an election? Or do you think that the majority of Connecticut voters, who are unaffiliated with any political parties in this state, could care less about endorsements? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Bill Cash June 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM
This generation of Americans grew up on commercials, telling them what toothpaste to use, what sodas to drink, etc. That is why sound bytes are so effective influencing their decisions about for whom to vote. That is why Citizens United is such a disastrous decision. Corporations are going to dominate our airways and all they want is to own the president, congress and the supreme court. They are expert at taking a grain of truth and mixing it with a little distortion, a little lie and some innuendo to create a negative ad. It's the ads that most influence people. The guess is that the Romney forces are going to outspend the Obama forces 2 or 3 to 1.
Rick McDonald June 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Could it be that the mojority of CT voters are on some sort of state assistance?
sandy stauffer July 27, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Personally, I make it my business to research anyone who is running for office. I do not give a crap what party they are, or who supports them, I wonder if we will ever get a candidate for any office, that has some morals, like telling the truth, or doing what is best for the people. Thank goodness for the mute button on the tv for political ads. I think I might get carpal tunnel of the fingers.
Ron July 27, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Endorsements do not matter in CT. CT votes 90 % Democrat because CT is a liberal, pro uni,n pro subsidy, pro tax, anti private sector State. If George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan ran against Obama all would lose by landslides. Why do you think Chris Dodd remained in office for 34 years even though the Wall Street Journal ran numerous articles documenting he was one of the most unaccomplished and currupt person in Congress as was his father who was one of the only persons ever censured. Obama would win against anyone including God because God would not promise to support the unions 100 %, and Obama would. As a matter of fact Jimmy Hoffa would win against any Republican candidate in CT, even when Hoffas is currently in a 55 gallon drum in the Meadowlands in NJ. God would not stand a chance against Obama because God only created the universe, and all life, whereas Obama accomplished more as a community organizer and author of 3 autobiographies before he was 40 years old. Today no republican running for president even considers seriously campaigning in the State. Reagan won CT but that was an abberation as CT voters thought he was going to be in another movie, and hoped they could get tickets to the movie he was in with a chimp.
Bill Cash July 27, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Good for you. Actually, I believe we have some honest politicians but money is a very powerful force. Glad to hear there are some people who can turn off the tv.I used to be like you and didn't care what party they were but since the republicans have declared that there number one objective is to defeat Obama, not help the economy or the people, I do pay attention to party. For those here who think the unions donate more than corporations, they should come into the real world. The unions donate a fraction of what corporations donate.

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