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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. 

Len Destin August 28, 2012 at 07:05 PM
The media would love nothing more than to keep having you tune in to hear "it's a close race". So stay tuned - it surely will be "neck and neck" or "anyone's election" by the beginning of November... we're all being played.
Richard Hooker August 28, 2012 at 08:22 PM
CT people are sheep. Obama is one of the worst presidents in office since carter.
New Intown August 28, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Well, that is your opinion, and as they say, opinions are like a-holes, everyone has one.
Mr D. August 28, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Yep. And so was W. We're really scrapping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to politicians. The system is broken. Talented candidates, left or right, have no chance of making it too far.
B Marsh August 29, 2012 at 03:47 AM
...and most of them stink.
MAC August 31, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Fantastic speakers showed the stark contrast of the "Great Opportunity Party" to Obama's, at the GOP convention! Weds. night: Mia Love (running for congress from Utah) and Artur Davis, who seconded Obama's nomination 4 yrs. ago. They are both black Americans, who happen to be conservative, so of course the msm ignored them and all other non-white speakers at the GOP convention! Here are a few highlights from Davis' riveting speech: ..."We have a country to turn around. This week you will nominate the most experienced executive 
to seek the presidency in 60 years in Mitt Romney. "He has no illusions about what makes America great, and he doesn’t confuse the presidency with 
celebrity, or loftiness with leadership."... ..."America is a land of second chances, and I gather you have room for the estimated 6 
million of us who know we got it wrong in 2008 and who want to fix it. "Maybe we should have known that night in Denver that things that begin with plywood Greek
 columns and artificial smoke typically don’t end well."... "John F. Kennedy asked us what we could do for America. This Democratic Party asks what can 
government give you. Don’t worry about paying the bill, it’s on your kids and grandkids. "Bill Clinton took on his base and made welfare a thing you had to work for; this current crowd 
guts the welfare work requirement in the dead of night."... http://campaigntrailreport.com/2012/08/28/rep-artur-davis-gop-convention-speech-video

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