The needle hasn’t moved for Republican Bob Stefanowski with two weeks remaining to election day. The latest Q Poll reflects results of other samplings giving Governor Ned Lamont a 15 point lead. Same For U.S. Senator Dick Blumenthal over Trumper Leora Levy.
From the Q Poll:
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont maintains a double-digit lead over his Republican challenger Bob Stefanowski 56 – 41 percent in the race for governor, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University poll of likely voters in Connecticut released today.
This is essentially unchanged from a September 21st Quinnipiac University poll when Lamont led Stefanowski 57 – 40 percent.
There is a wide gender gap. Women support Lamont 64 – 33 percent. Among men, 51 percent support Stefanowski, while 46 percent support Lamont.
Roughly 6 in 10 likely voters (57 percent) have a favorable opinion of Lamont, while 36 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him.
Nearly 4 in 10 likely voters (39 percent) have a favorable opinion of Stefanowski, while 42 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him, and 17 percent say they haven’t heard enough about him.
“Governor Lamont appears to be in a stronger position facing Republican challenger Bob Stefanowski than he was back in 2018 when they were locked in a tight race. Then, Lamont won by 3 points. This time around, he’s looking at a double-digit lead and the first gubernatorial race since 2006 that hasn’t been close,”said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Doug Schwartz.
As Senator Richard Blumenthal seeks a third term in the U.S. Senate, he leads his Republican challenger Leora Levy 56 – 41 percent. This is largely unchanged from a September 21st Quinnipiac University poll when Blumenthal was ahead of Levy 57 – 40 percent.
As with the gubernatorial race, there is a wide gender gap. Women back Blumenthal 64 – 33 percent. Among men, 51 percent back Levy, while 46 percent back Blumenthal.
Fifty-four percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of Blumenthal, while 41 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him.
Three in 10 likely voters (30 percent) have a favorable opinion of Levy, while 37 percent have an unfavorable opinion of her, and 31 percent say they haven’t heard enough about her.
“Not only does Republican Leora Levy have the formidable task of taking on a popular Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator in blue Connecticut, but about 3 in 10 likely voters say they haven’t heard enough about her to express an opinion,”added Schwartz.
MOST URGENT ISSUE
Asked to choose the most urgent issue facing Connecticut today, inflation (37 percent) ranks by far as the top issue among likely voters followed by taxes (13 percent).
Among Republicans, inflation (56 percent) ranks first followed by taxes (15 percent) and crime (11 percent).
Among Democrats, inflation (24 percent) ranks first followed by abortion (14 percent) and climate change (13 percent).
Among independents, inflation (41 percent) ranks first followed by taxes (16 percent).
Job approval ratings for Connecticut elected officials…
— Governor Ned Lamont: 58 percent approve, while 37 percent disapprove;
— Senator Richard Blumenthal: 55 percent approve, while 41 percent disapprove;
— Senator Chris Murphy: 54 percent approve, while 36 percent disapprove.
Forty-eight percent of likely voters approve of the way President Joe Biden is handling his job, while 49 percent disapprove.
Thirty percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of former President Donald Trump, while 62 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him.
1,879 Connecticut likely voters were surveyed from October 19th – 23rd with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Doug Schwartz, Ph.D. since 1994, conducts independent, non-partisan national and state polls on politics and issues. Surveys adhere to industry best practices and are based on random samples of adults using random digit dialing with live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones.