(CNN) - In the battle for Connecticut's open Senate seat, a new poll indicates that longtime Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal leads Republican nominee and former pro-wrestling executive Linda McMahon by 13 points among likely voters.
According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday, 54 percent of likely voters back Blumenthal, the Democrat's nominee, with 41 percent supporting McMahon, who along with her husband Vince McMahon, managed World Wrestling Entertainment for two decades. The poll indicates that Blumenthal has a nine point advantage among Independent voters and 19 point lead among voters 50 and older.
The poll also contains interesting data on gender and age.
Full results (pdf)
"The gender gap is alive and well in Connecticut, with Blumenthal, the Democrat, leading by 27 points among women," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Among all men, the two candidates are virtually tied, but among younger men - the ones most likely to be fans of professional wrestling - McMahon does have a four-point edge."
The suburbs are usually the key to Connecticut elections and this one is no exception. "Blumenthal has a 15 point lead in the suburbs," notes Holland. "McMahon appears to have the advantage in rural Connecticut, but there just aren't enough voters in those areas to outweigh the suburban vote."
A Quinnipiac University survey released last week indicated that McMahon trailed Blumenthal 49 to 46 percent among likely voters, within the poll's sampling error.
According to the CNN/Time survey, Blumenthal's 13 point advantage among likely voters expands to 19 points among the larger sampling of registered voters.
The winner in November will succeed five-term Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, who announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election. A GOP Senate victory in Connecticut would give the party a big boost towards possibly reclaiming control of the chamber.
In the state's gubernatorial battle, the poll indicates that Stanford Mayor and Democratic nominee Dan Malloy leads former ambassador and GOP nominee Tom Foley 50 percent to 42 percent among likely voters. Malloy's advantage grows to 13 percent among registered voters. The winner in November will succeed Republican Gov. Jodi Rell, who announced last year that she would not run for re-election.
According to the survey, 46 percent of likely voters approve of the job President Barack Obama's doing in the White House, with 49 percent disapproving. Among registered voters, 52 percent approve of how Obama's handling his duties, with 42 percent giving him a thumbs down.
The CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted October 1-5, with 1,501 Connecticut adults, including 1,277 registered voters and 773 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for likely voters.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.