Poll Shows McMahon, Obama Ahead in Connecticut

Linda McMahon is up slightly in the Senate race, while Barack Obama has a more commanding lead in the presidential race.


A new poll from shows Linda McMahon up by a 49-46 margin against U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy in the race for the U.S. Senate.  

"The poll is good news for Linda McMahon. In our first likely voter poll in Connecticut, McMahon has a 3 point advantage in a too-close-to-call-race. Her edge is due to her double- digit lead among independent voters and being close among women, a group she struggled with in her 2010 run," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. 

Independent voters surveyed favored McMahon by a 55-40 margin. Murphy leads 50-46 with women.

"McMahon has worked on her image in the last two years, and it shows. Voters like her more now than they did when she faced Richard Blumenthal in 2010," Schwartz said.

showed a similar margin with McMahon in the lead.

The Murphy campaign fired off a statement criticizing McMahon when the poll results were released.

“This was always going to be a tough race, and we don’t take anything for granted and neither should McMahon,” said Taylor Lavender, campaign spokesperson. She's spent her whole career getting rich at the expense of her own employees and at the expense of Connecticut jobs. Now she's dumped over $65 million into a marketing campaign to try to fool voters into thinking she’s something she’s not.”

Presidential Race

The poll showed President Barack Obama with a 52-45 lead over Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee.  Twelve percent of voters said they might change their mind on who to vote for.

Obama has a higher favorability rating at 51-46, while only 41 percent of voters look at Romney favorably and 44 percent do not.

"Although President Barack Obama is ahead of Gov. Mitt Romney, his 7-point lead is a far cry from his 23-point victory in 2008 over John McCain,” Schwartz said. ”We shouldn't, however, expect to see the candidates campaigning in Connecticut, which hasn't voted for a Republican since 1988.”

From August 22-26, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,472 likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Interviewers called landlines and cell phones. 

Watts August 28, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I have no idea how anybody in CT can be thinking about putting another obstructionist Republican in office at this point. Nobody in that party deserves a single vote, until the party as a whole crawls out from under the thumbs of people like Norquist, Limbaugh, etc.
MatthewK August 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM
" I have no idea how anybody in CT can be thinking about putting another obstructionist Democrat in office at this point. Nobody in that party deserves a single vote, until the party as a whole crawls out from under the thumbs of people like Maddow, Olbermann." Watts, See how that can be said from any side; against any view point!
brutus August 29, 2012 at 01:51 PM
exactly MatthewK. Watts, try arguing with some substance.
Bruce August 29, 2012 at 06:28 PM
In politics substance is overrated. Just baffling McMahon's building a lead. Spending the millions she's made on the backs of roided out junkies, as she ignores the rampant sexism, racism, and violence of said product both inside and outside of the ring,all while heralding the few regular jobs she's brought to CT. Really nifty of her to propose drastically dropping capital gains tax rates considered what her family stands to make on dividends if it goes through. Realize her "across the board" tax cuts would most likely leave local government deficits, so if you think your property taxes are high now, have fun voting for Linda. Frankly, if you're voting for Linda, more power to you but know she'll only be helping her own kind. Know the business she comes from. And, frankly, to get really petty, know that in all the mailers she's been spamming people with, she doesn't have current pictures of her husband or daughter, all the growth hormones and silicone would scare off voters.
Watts August 29, 2012 at 09:58 PM
How do you correlate Maddow or Olbermann to Norquist and Limbaugh? Does Olbermann even have a show; TV, radio, internet or otherwise? If he does, nobody knows about it. Norquist has an entire party singing contracts with him and if they violate that contract, then he runs somebody against them in their next primary. There isn't a single other person in the US who does what he does (on the level that he does), to any party. Also, I have seen Rachel Maddow's show but if you think that she wields anywhere near as much influence on the Democratic party as Rush does (as a media figure) on the agenda of the modern conservative extremist movement, they you really don't know how to compare apples to oranges. Outside of "brutus" (a curious name choice, to say the least), do you really think that anybody read your comment and thought that you had a good grasp on who these people are and the roles that they play in current politics? I know that you thought that you were being clever, but to try and equate Olbermann and Maddow to Norquist and Limbaugh, actually displays your ignorance about who these people are. Similarly, Limbaugh's word to his lemming audience against a a Republican candidate, will ensure that they will be replaced in their next primary; hence everybody in the party needs to be in lock step with Rush's agenda.


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