We are facing huge long-term problems: a real unemployment rate of 18%, dysfunctional banks that are "too big to fail", a regressive tax structure that's stifling economic growth, prisons that are bursting at the seams, urban schools that are struggling, a health care system that still needs major reform, the lack of a coherent national energy policy that will protect our economy and the environment, and a government that has been encroaching on our civil liberties. For decades we have lived with irresponsible public policies from career politicians in Congress who care more about increasing their party’s power and getting re-elected than they care about solving long-term problems. They haven’t been honest with us, and they have been lousy public servants.

I’m different. I do not want to be a career politician. I am not a Democrat or a Republican. I’m a Problem Solver. I want to force members of Congress to be responsible, and implement sustainable solutions to real problems. Please read the positions I present on this website, and spread the word to friends and family.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Results of U.S. Senate Poll, October 10, 2009

Volunteers conducted a non-scientific poll at Bushnell Park in Hartford today (October 10, 2009) during the Hartford Marathon. 457 self-identified registered Connecticut voters responded.

This is the exact wording the pollsters used:

Excuse me. I'm conducting a non-partisan Connecticut political poll. Can I ask you four questions?
1. Are you registered to vote in CT?
2. On a scale of 1-10, how much attention have you been paying to the U.S. Senate race in CT?
3. If the election was held tomorrow, and the following candidates were the nominees of their parties, who would you vote for? (the order of these three names were different on each sheet)
Rob Simmons, Republican Party
Chris Dodd, Democratic Party
Dr. John Mertens, Independent Party
4. What town do you live in?
Thank you.

Here are the results:
Dodd 40%
Simmons 33%
Mertens 13%
Don't know yet 14%

13% is a strong showing for a one-month-old campaign 13 months before the election. Dr. John Mertens should be included in all polls for the November 2010 U.S. Senate election; after all, he is one of three candidates that will be on the ballot: 1 Republican, 1 Democrat, and 1 Independent.

Please support our efforts! We will gladly take any amount. You can donate here, or send a check made out to "John Mertens for U.S. Senate" to the address below. The maximum contribution per individual is $2,400. For donations of more than $50, federal law requires that you provide your name and address. For contributions above $200, you must also provide your profession and employer name. Thank you!

John Mertens for U.S. Senate
P.O. Box 330452
West Hartford, CT 06133-0452