(CNN) – It's advantage President Barack Obama in Connecticut ahead of the 2012 presidential election, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday showed Obama trumping his potential Republican opponents in the general election. He beat Mitt Romney 53% to 37% and Rick Santorum 55% to 35% among registered voters in hypothetical matchups.
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Obama led Romney among men, 51% to 40%, and among women, 55% to 34%.
Fifty-three percent of Connecticut voters approved of the job the president is doing and 55% had a favorable opinion of him, compared to the 43% who did not.
Romney received a negative 35% to 43% favorability rating and Santorum garnered a negative 27% to 43%.
The general election results were unsurprising given the Constitution State last went for a Republican presidential nominee in 1988, when George H.W. Bush was the Republican nominee against Democrat Michael Dukakis, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts.
Obama won the blue state in 2008 with 60.6% of the vote to Republican nominee Sen. John McCain's 38.3%.
But Romney, also a former Massachusetts governor, did nab the top spot among likely Republican voters in the state's upcoming primary. He captured 42% support to Santorum's 19%, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's 13% and Texas Rep. Ron Paul's 9%. Connecticut will hold its primary on April 24.
"Romney's strength continues to be among upscale voters and seniors," Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said.
But he added the question in November will be "whether the president's coattails will affect the Senate race."
Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, who is making her second Senate bid after losing the general election in 2010, led her Republican primary opponent, former Rep. Christopher Shays, 51% to 42%. But Shays was stronger against the possible Democratic candidates, who include Rep. Christopher Murphy, former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz and state Rep. William Tong.
Quinnipiac University questioned 1,622 registered voters in Connecticut between March 14 and March 19 via telephone with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. The poll included 429 Republicans with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points and 640 Democrats with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.