July 16th, 2010
09:05 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Blumenthal's lead shrinks, still strong at 17 points

Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal has a 17 point lead over Linda McMahon, according to a new poll.
Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal has a 17 point lead over Linda McMahon, according to a new poll.

(CNN) - Nearly two months after the revelation that he inflated his military record as a Vietnam War veteran, Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal still holds a large lead over his presumed Republican opponent.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday, Blumenthal, Connecticut's attorney general, leads former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon by 17 points.

The gap represents the smallest lead Blumenthal has held over McMahon since Quinnipiac's polling began. He held a 41-point lead in January and a 20-point lead in June.

"Ms. McMahon [...] has the momentum, even if the latest movement is only a small three-point change," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz. "She is inching up on Blumenthal.

"She still has a long way to go, but she has a lot of time and a lot of money," Schwartz said.

Blumenthal made a public apology in May for making several references to serving time in Vietnam. A New York Times investigation revealed Blumenthal served in the Marine Corps Reserves during the war and was stationed stateside.

Despite the revelation, 60 percent of voters still say Blumenthal is honest and trustworthy.

The poll was conducted from July 7-13, interviewed 1,367 registered voters in Connecticut and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.


Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Richard Blumenthal
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. yeah, thats it, thats the ticket, yeah

    he inflated his military record during the Vietnam War

    I was a captain, no wait, a major in the army and we were under fire,
    no wait, general, yeah thats it, I was a general and ordered troops to advance and... no wait Chief of staff, yeah thats the ticket

    July 16, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. teena

    Hey McMahon, hold a wrestling fund raiser so you can throw more money at the campaign and just buy your way into the office–you know good ole republican sweat equity!

    July 16, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Dean

    Congress has an approval rating less than 20% and you people continue to elect the same old losers. I think our ancestors knew something when they enacted a poll tax.

    July 16, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Cody

    I guess being a war hero is not what it used to be.

    July 16, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Willy Brown

    Any new comer is better than the dumpocrap Dodd's

    July 16, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Larry

    I don't believe theses Quinnipiac polls, I never have.

    And Schwartz's job is to present the data, not comment on it.

    I'm going to watch to see how his "psychic predictions" turn out.

    July 16, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. doug

    It is very sad that the people who live within a 20 mile radius of the twin towers would vote for Osama Bin Laden if he had a little d next to his name.

    There is nothing more sick, twisted, evil, selfish, mean, and reckless than the Democrat. Please come visit a blue area now, see what evil is and join the fight to defeat it, thank you.

    July 16, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem with McMahon is that she doesn't seem to understand that she won't be the top dog in the Senate, a body know for debate rather than body slams. She seems to indicate by her commercials that she is going to shake up the Senate so much that they will all follow her. That is a fraud to me.

    July 16, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. KateHikes

    Is CT insane? They already have one lying yid representing them. Why on earth would they vote in another? Jews are traitors and parasites.

    July 16, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. ART

    Has any one else seen Linda McMahon rambling spots on TV,She really should stick to wrestling

    July 16, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Some people are entirely too willing to overlook things they should NOT overlook.

    July 16, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Not real reform

    This may be proof that people in Connecticut are clueless when it comes to picking their representatives. First they place Chris Dodd (the idiot over the banking committee and co-idiot that has given us the expensive, but toothless finance reform bill. (Dodd also was dishonest in taking loans, and was financed by Freddie Mac to the tune of $140K).

    Blumenthal lied to get votes (when he was way ahead) and the people don't care. Just think about about the damage he can do when things really count.

    July 16, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. mike

    It seems to me that voters in Connecticut need to ask themselves "what else is he lying about?" before going to the polls in November. Maybe his opponent should be asking the question,too.

    July 16, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Dont forget to thank a Globalist if you dont have a job.

    If you look closely at who lives in that state and what country runs it,you will get the real picture.Its been NYs bedroom of the richest for years and years.

    July 16, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Meh... Connecticut. What do you expect?

    July 16, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |