June 10th, 2010
10:00 AM ET
8 years ago

Blumenthal's lead still strong

According to a new poll, former World Wide Wrestling CEO Linda McMahon is trailing Richard Blumenthal.

According to a new poll, former World Wide Wrestling CEO Linda McMahon is trailing Richard Blumenthal.

Washington (CNN) - Three weeks after acknowledging he had misstated his military record during the Vietnam era, a new poll suggests Richard Blumenthal maintains a large lead in the Connecticut Senate race.

But the Quinnipiac University survey shows that the Democratic Senate candidate's lead has been cut by 13 points since his public apology for previous suggestions he had served in the Vietnam War. Blumenthal served in the Marine Corps Reserves during the war and was stationed stateside.

Blumenthal, the state's attorney general, holds a 20 point lead over likely Republican rival and former World Wide Wrestling CEO Linda McMahon in the new survey, 55 percent to 35 percent. That compares to a 56-31 percent lead in a similar survey conducted in late May.

The survey also shows Blumenthal leading former Rep. Rob Simmons, who has suspended his campaign, by a 54-33 percent margin and businessman Peter Schiff by a 56-29 percent margin.

"Blumenthal has lost a little more ground to Linda McMahon, but he still has a comfortable lead," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz. "Prior to the Vietnam controversy, Blumenthal led by 33 points. A week after the controversy, his lead was 25 points. Now it's down to 20 points.

The poll, conducted from June 2-8, interviewed 1,350 registered voters in Connecticut and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Poll • Richard Blumenthal
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Gil

    Yes, just what politics needs is a World Wrestling tie! We could at the word "fake" to words like liar, immoral, hypocrite and cheaters! Of course, isn't that what the Party of No already stands for?

    June 10, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    The real question to right wingnuts is, "How can you write bad things about Blumenthal and embrace the lying republican, Mark Kirk, from Illinois?"

    June 10, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    How many of these CEOs think that they can be good governors, senators and members of the House? Apparently a lot of them, and they are mistaken. Being a CEO is much different than running a government because you can't fire legislators because they disagree with you.

    June 10, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. No Incumbents 2010

    Conecticutt voters are the most informed and astute in the country. A proven liar makes for the best candidate, especially if he is a career politicians with the same ideas as the corrupt Dodd he seeks to replace.

    June 10, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Patrick

    Anyone who votes for Blumenthal is a scumbag.

    June 10, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Jerry

    Richard Blumenthal is a sycophant that has done nothing but destroy Connecticut for the last twenty years. Sadly his wealth (over 100 million) keeps the liberal media here in our state swooning on his every breath, if he becomes a senator it will truly be a sad day for all.

    June 10, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. mis-statements

    I think that his statement was purposeful, meant to deceive and that he continues to run and be supported says something about those involved

    poison fruit from the poisoned tree and all that

    as a democrat myself I think he has to go

    June 10, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. gt

    he will fit in perfect in the senate ,, there is liars a plenty there...

    June 10, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. geecee

    Maybe Linda McMahon could get a lift in the polls if she brings in Sarah Palin and they stage a WWE wrestling match – in mud. That would get her a few votes for sure!!

    June 10, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. obama victim

    I don't care what your political leaning is.....there is nothing worse than lying about military service.......yet these losers still support him....how sad for them..how very sad for us

    June 10, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Mike Pittman

    He didn't misstate his military history....he LIED!

    June 10, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Bob

    Connecticut voters are really dumb if they still vote for that scumbag. He lied on several occassions and even lied during his "apology". The MSM has been giving him a free pass. The guy is worse than a used car salesman. Typical Dem.

    June 10, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. JK Ashburn, VA

    How is a 13-point reduction in Blumenthal's lead in the polls bad news for Ms. McMahon? It's only June.

    June 10, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Moss

    I don't like either of them but Blumenthal disgusts me as a veteran. To lie about military service is reprehensible and I would not vote for that chump ever.

    June 10, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Perhaps Linda needs to hit him with a flying elbow off of the top rope!

    June 10, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. thor

    Blumenthal is living proof that the people of Connecticut are more interested in their day to day lives than some slezzy politican that can lie his way into office.Shameful indeed !!

    June 10, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Nurse Lisa

    New Englanders remain suspicious of people who try to BUY political office.

    June 10, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Mark

    Just consider the candidates' most recent public interactions with Google and you know where this is headed.

    Linda McMahon? Gave Google thousands of dollars to run attack ad links in the sidebar of GMail.

    Richard Blumenthal? Gave Google hell in court over misuse of Connecticut residents' private communications.

    We know who's on our side out here.

    June 10, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. demonfeed

    I think the last thing this country needs is for another CEO to hold a public office. Especially from a CEO who let people think their sport was LEGITIMATE for over 20 years, then finally admitted it was not under federal investigation. Wrestling makes me sick. Just another reason to encourage steroid use and to promote violence among young people.

    June 10, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. GI Joe

    Never dd like her. She promotes violence and it just isn't necessary in what used to be a sport.

    June 10, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Steven

    Oh, I lied, I promise not to do it again. Really. Cross my heart.

    June 10, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Jeff

    I guess that after Kirk´s admissions his don´t seem so bad.

    June 10, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Jason

    World Wrestling Entertainment, not World Wide Wrestling. I don't see how either of these candidates are being truthful. One has 'misstated' a military record (code for lying) and the other is still trying to say there's little-to-no evidence about steroids being harmful. Really guys?

    June 10, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    McMahon, the wife of the CEO of one of the most sleazey and cheesy sportsatainment industries in the world, would be an embarrassing pick for senator from Connecticut. With her background she should be from South Carolina, she's right up their alley.

    June 10, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. native4sure17

    I'd have to see past the "steroids" and side with McMahon on
    this one ! Reason ? Blumenthal is trying to see past the "treaties"
    that's in place with Native Americans and swindle what little we
    have left ! Look into his eyes , he has "Custer Eyes! !

    June 10, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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