This fact is probably as a direct result of that presidential bid, during which he abandoned Connecticut, began to live in Iowa going so far as to enroll his daughter in school there, combined with revelations that he was given a special mortgage deal because of his powerful position.
The July 1st Quinnipiac poll showed Dodd losing nine points in job approval, putting him at 51%. The Day has a write up on it today. Interestingly, 6 in 10 voters polled believe the Dodd mortgage arrangement deserves more investigation, but Q Poll director Doug Schwartz insists that Dodd's failed presidential race hurt him more. Perhaps. Dodd did miss most of his Senate votes while trying to become president.
Dodd is up for re-election in 2010, and that is a long way off. But if more comes out about this sweetheart deal Dodd received, he could actually be in real jeopardy. Then it won't matter how many FISA speeches he gives.