The U.S. Senate battle between Democrat Chris Murphy and Republican Linda McMahon continues to be close. Two other public polls this week had the race a dead heat. The latest from today’s Quinnipiac poll:
Women and older voters are shifting away from Linda McMahon, the Republican candidate in Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race, giving U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy, the Democrat, a 49 – 43 percent likely voter lead, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
This compares to the results of an October 4 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, showing McMahon with 48 percent to Murphy with 47 percent.
In today’s results, women back Murphy 52 – 38 percent, compared to 50 – 44 percent October 4. Men are at 50 – 46 for McMahon compared to 52 – 45 percent earlier.
Voters over 55 years old shift from a 48 – 48 percent split to 51 – 42 percent for Murphy.
A total of 62 percent of Connecticut likely voters have a “strongly unfavorable” or “somewhat unfavorable” opinion of this Senate race in general.
The race remains fluid as 11 percent of Murphy voters and 14 percent of McMahon voters say they might change their mind in the next 13 days.
President Barack Obama buries Gov. Mitt Romney in the run for the White House, leading 55 – 41 percent, compared to 54 – 42 percent October 4.
Obama leads 60 – 36 percent among women and gets 49 percent of men to Romney’s 46 percent. The President leads among every subgroup except Republicans.
Only 5 percent of Romney voters and 6 percent of Obama voters say they might change their mind.
“President Barack Obama is running stronger than Murphy in Connecticut, holding steady with a 14 point lead over Gov. Mitt Romney. The President’s coattails are helping Murphy,” Schwartz said.