October 14th, 2010
11:12 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Blumenthal keeps lead over McMahon in Connecticut

(CNN) – In the battle for the open Senate seat in Connecticut, a new poll indicates that longtime Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal maintains a double digit lead over Republican nominee and former pro-wrestling executive Linda McMahon.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday, 54 percent of likely voters in Connecticut back Blumenthal, the Democrat's Senate nominee, with 43 percent supporting McMahon, who along with her husband Vince McMahon, managed World Wrestling Entertainment for two decades, with three percent undecided.

Blumenthal held a three point margin over McMahon in a Quinnipiac survey from late last month. The new poll indicates that Blumenthal has a five point advantage among independent voters. Last month McMahon held a five point advantage among independent voters.

Other recent polls all indicate that Blumenthal now holds a double digit advantage, including a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released last week, which had Blumenthal at 54 percent and McMahon at 41 percent among likely voters.

The Quinnipiac poll indicates that women back Blumenthal by a nearly two to one margin while men support McMahon by a 52 to 46 percent advantage.

"After Linda McMahon had climbed to within 3 points of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, he has stopped her momentum and increased his lead by 8 points in two weeks. While September wasn't very good for Blumenthal, perhaps like Reggie Jackson, he could be called 'Mr. October,'" says Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.

"Fueled by a surge in support from women, Democrats and independents, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has his best poll numbers since the start of the fall campaign. Linda McMahon may have peaked too soon and her advertising saturation could be causing 'McMahon fatigue.'"

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.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted October 7-11, with 1,119 likely voters in Connecticut questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Polls • Richard Blumenthal
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Robert

    Thank god, can't stand that woman.

    October 14, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. stormerF

    Too bad for Conn, I would have figured they would be tired of having a liar represent their state.

    October 14, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. PalmReader

    Ya'll really didn't think the Moderates would be willing to vote the TeaPers in, did you GOPers? Little by little, the TeaPers are loosing their appeal (if they ever had any appeal) to the block of voters who really do determine elections. Should Angle pull it off in Nevada, what then, GOPers? She can, and will, do quite a lot of damage to your carefully scripted rules book of GOPer demands. And all for what? To unseat Reid, who in all likelihood will not be returning as Majority Leader even should he win. He is, as they say, damaged goods now. Should the Dems hold the majority, Reid will be replaced anyway.

    October 14, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Abiding Lib

    Wonderful news! Good always trumps snarky, and he will win on Nov. 2nd.

    October 14, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    If the people of CT elect this dude after seeing his hapless performances in the debates, it will prove that their wisdom is just as hapless. You know things are pretty bad if you're a democrat and even Chris Matthews can't find something good to say about you.

    October 14, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. stevegee

    The citizens of Connecticut, along with the rest of the USA, have a choice: vote for more of the failed Socialist "change" like ObamaCareless and Stimulust. OR vote for more freedom and liberty like what made our country great!

    On November 2nd, vote American, vote Conservative, vote Republican.

    October 14, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. stufit

    I guess it is just hard in Connecticut to beat those phony, lying Vietnam Veterans when the public employee unions that want the gravy train to continue running decide. They would rather have a corrupt, dishonest, phony liar (like their union bosses and their president) than an honest person, who has been trashed by the anti feminine liberal leaning main stream media.

    October 14, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Augsbee

    Connecticut people are rich snobs, they're set in their ways so there is no way a Republican will win there and bring any change to their state, unlike Blumenthal who will run everything the same as Sen.Chris Dodd.

    October 14, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Me

    While it's great to want to hold political office, one has to wonder why she, McMahon, doesn't just run for something much smalelr, like city council or state legislature. Is it because she can pass/repeal laws that will help wrestling?

    October 14, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. stufthis

    Blumenthal needs to run on his record of 20 years of service to voters of CT. The people of CT know that McMahon is an out of touch millionaire who wants to eliminate the minimum wage, and that issue alone will prevent her from getting voted in.

    October 14, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    "Linda McMahon may have peaked too soon and her advertising saturation could be causing 'McMahon fatigue.'"

    Nah, that's not it – these races are LOCAL and the LOCAL people in CT decide who they WANT – PERIOD!!! The MEDIA tried to make all of these races – along with the far-right maniacs – NATIONAL and it's NOT working!! I always said that it will BACKFIRE and it's beginning to do so NOW!!

    DEMOCRATS in CT – keep STATING the CASE and believing in it – Keep the BASE UNITED and we will win in November 2010!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!

    October 14, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    McMahon doesn't know how to work well with others. She may have been a good CEO for a company that produced violence, but she won't know how to be the low person on the pecking order. I would think that she would get frustrated very quickly by not being able to do as she wished. Just because she was a CEO doesn't mean that will translate well to being one of 100 senators.

    October 14, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |