October 26th, 2010
10:09 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Blumenthal up 12 points over McMahon in Ct. Senate race

(CNN) – A new poll indicates that Richard Blumenthal maintains a double digit lead over Linda McMahon in the Senate battle in Connecticut.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday, 54 percent of likely voters in Connecticut say they back Blumenthal, the longtime state attorney general and Democratic nominee for Senate, with 42 percent supporting McMahon, the GOP nominee and former pro-wrestling executive who's spent tens of millions of dollars of her own money on her campaign.

Blumenthal's 12 point lead is up one point from an 11-point advantage in a Quinnipiac poll conducted earlier this month. A Suffolk University survey released last week indicated Blumenthal with an 18 point lead but other recent polls suggest he holds only a single digit advantage over McMahon.

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.

According to the new Quinnipiac poll, Blumenthal leads 86 to 12 percent among Democrats and 56 to 40 percent among independent voters, while McMahon leads 85 to 10 percent among Republicans.

The survey indicates that 55 percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of Blumenthal, with 39 percent seeing him in a negative light. Forty-three percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of McMahon, with 51 percent seeing her in a favorable light.

"Linda McMahon has tried to raise Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's negatives over the last several weeks, but she hasn't been successful. He remains popular, but McMahon's own negatives have risen above 50 percent," says Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz. "One has to wonder if over the last few weeks McMahon would have been better off spending more of her millions on positive ads.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted October 18-24, with 702 likely voters in Connecticut questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Polls • Richard Blumenthal
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. SAY WHAT!!!

    This ain't wrestling...this is not acting...this is real life with real problems where real solutions are needed...goodbye...

    October 26, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Kyle

    Blumenthal!?

    Just ask him what law AIG broke. He went after people that didn't break a single law. And you want him to write laws, now? Wow.

    October 26, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Cosmo

    I am glad that the citzens of the Nutmeg State have some pride left.

    October 26, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. diridi

    connecticut, and USA, just vote for any Democratic guy....better than GOP thugs who sold out this nation....already....it is recuperating to normalicy....economically....look, stocks are soaring and economy is improving....we are going to have health care for all.....and Fin. reg. reform is working....we need energy and climate reform.....Go for Obama....his policies are good and great for the nation....not dumb Reagan's nor idiot Bush's.....God bless the nation,the USA!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN!!!!!!!!!Vote any Dems...

    October 26, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. John

    Linda McMahon is till UNQUALIFIED to be in the U.S.Senate. And another thing,why would someone spend 10 to15 millions of dollars of her own money to get pay 174,000k a year. Kind of make you wonder doesn't it.

    October 26, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. diridi

    connecticut, and USA, just vote for any Democratic guy....better than GOP thugs who sold out this nation....already....it is recuperating to normalcy....economically....look, stocks are soaring and economy is improving....we are going to have health care for all.....and Fin. reg. reform is working....we need energy and climate reform.....Go for Obama....his policies are good and great for the nation....not dumb Reagan's nor idiot Bush's.....God bless the nation,the USA!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN!!!!!!!!!Vote any Dems...

    October 26, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Sniffit

    I think what I love most about the nonsense we're being subjected to from the right is that they will rabidly, with much foam a-flyin from the lips, extol the virtues of their broken ideology while claiming that one race, like FL for example, is a massive national referendum of acceptance of that ideology and of judgment upon every single policy and act the Dems have supported over the past 2 years....yet then they'll turn to results like this CT race and say either that the polls are all rigged by the "librul meedia conspurissy" or that it's no big deal because CT somehow doesn't count. Anyhoo, one can only hope this means that CT is waking up a little and will not only elect Blumenthal, but also dump Lieberman next time he's on the chopping block...not because he's a party traitor or DINO or any nonsense like that, but because he's a slippery, self-serving sack of meconeum.

    "Forty-three percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of McMahon, with 51 percent seeing her in a favorable light."

    Was that sentence supposed to end with "...negative light"? Otherwise, it kinda makes no sense.

    October 26, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Bob

    How can people vote for this liar? He lied about his service multiple times!

    October 26, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Rickster

    Democrats love liars. If you want to be elected and loved by democrats all you have to do is go out and spew one lie after another and you'll be a favorite of the democrat party forever(see: Clinton...Bill & Hillary).

    October 26, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. A Kickin` Donkey

    No surprise here -

    Linda McMahon`s EXTREME MAKEOVER has failed.

    Anyone living in CT knows that if you looked at what Blumenthal was doing 5 or 10 or 15 years ago, he was probably taking on a corrupt business or politician that was stealing or exploiting the "little guy".

    An analogous look at what Ms. McMahon was doing 5,10, or 15 years ago would not be flattering. She was standing in a sweaty,stinking, dark wrestling rig hyping Andre the Giant.

    Which one doesn`t belong in the US Senate?

    October 26, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. stevegee

    Wake up people of Connecticut! Blumenthal is just a liberal career politician who will vote whichever way Obama, Pelosi and Reid want him to. McMahon is a true patriot, and a successful businesswoman, who wants to fix Washington - less government, more freedom and liberty.

    Don't be duped by the Democrats! On November 2nd, vote American, vote Conservative, vote Republican.

    October 26, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Bruce

    McMahon's supposed advantage in this race, her connection to the WWF and the fortune she controls, is also helping to kill her candidacy, especially among women - most women regard the WWF as one step short of pornography (and rightfully so).

    October 26, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. phoenix86

    CT. The state that is on the same learning curve as California.

    October 26, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. William Jefferson

    Is that all? how does she have that much support?

    October 26, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |