Q Poll: McMahon Takes GOP Lead, Dick Rocks, Barack’s State Approval Drops To Lowest Level

From The Q Poll:

Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, surging from a 10-point deficit two months ago, now leads former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons 44 – 34 percent in the Republican primary for the Connecticut U.S. Senate contest, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This reverses a 37 – 27 percent Simmons lead in a January 14 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. In this latest poll, businessman Peter Schiff has 9 percent, with 12 percent undecided.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal tops Merrick Alpert 81 – 6 percent in a Democratic Senate primary and stomps his Republican opponents:

• 61 – 28 percent over McMahon, compared to 64 – 23 percent January 14;

• 62 – 26 percent over Simmons, compared to 62 – 27 percent;

• 64 – 21 percent over Schiff, compared to 66 – 19 percent.

Blumenthal gets a 79 – 13 percent approval rating, continuing a 10-month string of approval ratings of 78 points or higher, and a 70 – 18 percent favorability rating.

“What explains Linda McMahon’s rise in the polls? Money. She is the only Senate candidate on TV right now. She quickly has become as well-known and well-liked among Republicans as the former frontrunner for the Republican nomination, three-term Congressman Rob Simmons,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

“In the general election, however, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has a commanding lead over all three potential Republican opponents. Blumenthal’s approval rating continues near 80 percent. While money could make the difference in the Republican primary, it will have less of an effect in the general election. It is very hard to change the public’s opinion of an elected official they have known and liked for 20 years.”

Favorability ratings for other Connecticut U.S. Senate candidates are:

• Alpert: 93 percent don’t know enough about him to form an opinion;

• McMahon: 36 – 26 percent with 36 percent who don’t know enough about her;

• Simmons: 38 – 21 percent with 40 percent who don’t know enough about him;

• Schiff: 85 percent don’t know enough about him.

Connecticut voters say 46 – 36 percent they prefer a candidate who relies on campaign donations, rather than a wealthy candidate who relies on his/her own funds. Results are similar among Democrats, Republicans and independent voters.

The next Connecticut U.S. Senator should generally support President Barack Obama’s policies, voters say 56 – 36 percent.

Connecticut voters approve 54 – 42 percent of the job President Obama is doing, compared to 55 – 41 percent January 14 and Obama’s lowest score in the state since he was inaugurated. Voters disapprove 52 – 42 percent of the way the President is handling health care and disapprove 50 – 46 percent of the way he is handling the economy, but approve 54 – 39 percent of the way he is handling foreign policy.

Voters mostly disapprove 48 – 40 percent of the proposed health care reform pending in Congress. Democrats approve 68 – 22 percent, while disapproval is 87 – 7 percent among Republicans and 50 – 34 percent among independent voters. The proposed health care legislation is too complicated, 59 percent say, while 32 percent say changes must be complex to be effective.

Only 16 percent of Connecticut voters trust the government in Washington to do the right thing almost all of the time or most of the time, while 53 percent say the federal government does right some of the time and 30 percent say “hardly ever.”

But only 23 percent of Connecticut voters say they are Tea Party supporters. That group includes 50 percent of Republicans, 4 percent of Democrats and 25 percent of independent voters.

“While very few voters trust the government in Washington to do what is right most of the time, President Barack Obama still gets a 54 percent job approval,” Dr. Schwartz said.

From March 9 – 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,451 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. The survey includes 549 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percentage points and 387 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 5 percentage points



  1. I really never read the Post but they have a great piece on the candidates where they live and the cars they drive. Linda and Lamont on paper seem to love the high-style life. They both turned down the questions from the post but it was still reported. The cars they drive are amazing. Lamont seems to be in love with Lexus cars and trucks. To be honest Malloy out of all of the candidates seems to live a less lavish life for crying out loud he drives a 2001 Ford. Lamont is my candidate for gov but he and Linda seem to be out of touch with the regular people. On paper Malloy seems like a candidate I would like. Blumenthal has wealth but seems to be a humble guy and I like that. I swear I like Lamont but every time I look at Malloy and his middle class background I like him more and more because I can relate to that and I am not quite sure if Lamont can relate to the struggles of working families in an urban setting. I need every user to tell me who is your pick is it Lamont or Malloy? TC I already know your answer haha.

  2. You are right neither is my candidate although none of the Republicans are either. My candidate was Susan B but she decided on Attorney General. I just may sit out the governor’s race because they all suck.

  3. We reached out to Ned Lamont and got a response, expect they will come on the TV program. The CT Post Sunday article was good reading, on what kinds of cars and big boats all the candidates had, among other survey questions. I think Blumenthal didn’t have any boat at all and drove modest cars. But what does it mean, rich guys trying to be Gov? Would they be more inclined to serve their kind as opposed us?

    On the TV program last night it was mentioned maybe part of the Congress St Bridge (built 1911 and once had trollies crossing it) should be saved and listed as a historic landmark.

    Another topic discussed and pictures were shown: the three buildings on Middle St (parallel to Main St) and corner of Gold Street. These are city-owned buildings that apparently the city went out and got some historical status. Lennie on this blog mentioned recently what’s up with these buildings too.

    The Main Street area right next to it has improved and the Arcade is open, but Middle Street is in the dumps. What’s going on with these buildings? They are in the heart of downtown and face the newly renovated Bus Station and the pretty but wrongly located Juvenile court building.

  4. While I haven’t committed {I would have supported Amann}, I am impressed with Juan Figueroa. He’s not that well known down here but he served as a CT State Rep earning a chairmanship [first Puerto Rican to do so in CT] before going on to run the Puerto Rican legal defense fund. He is now a candidate for Governor.


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