October 6th, 2010
05:08 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN/Time Poll: Democrats up by double digits in Connecticut Senate battle

(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.

Filed under: 2010 • CNN/Time poll • Connecticut • Polls
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. vic, Nashville TN

    Who will vote for reduce minimum wage

    October 6, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "19 point lead among voters 50 and older."

    Queue McMahon's fearmongering Medicare ad in t-minus...10...9...8...

    October 6, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Who will vote for reduce minimum wage"

    Apparently, 41% of likely voters in CT.

    October 6, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. cat

    She is really not my cup of Tea. I ask every one to PLEASE Vote..But.. PLEASE DONT VOTE REPUBLICAN OR TEA PARTY (in any form) on 02 November 2010. If the Republican leadership wins, We the people lose. because we have delivered our government into the hands of the Corporations. The people because of a few will have no power even thou it wont seem as that at first but later Laws will be passed in the name of Pro -Life. And in a twisted CONGRESS and SENATE filled with these R.I.N.O.S of the people= Traitors of the people who have sold their souls for riches or so it seems. These Corporations Will make lots of money A woman who has a miscarriage will be charged for involuntary manslaughter and she will have to prove her innocence even if it was her worries in life and the hard work SHE ENDURES she does not get paid sick leave or vacation leave and she has another child who she also must care for. Because there will be no more unions and no more laws to protect those who are not rich. Everything will be privatized and if you have no money you will die in the gutter or you will maybe die in the prisons where The Peoples tax payer dollars are being funneled into. And as the the Corporations greed increases so does the price of good and services and so will the Tax dollars you owe. They will take you social security regardless of what you say and your future generations will suffer they will have a universal privatized health care system but the peoples tax dollars wont have to pay (THAT IS THE TRICK) the people will pay out of their own pocket and if they don’t have the money they can be denied medical care. The Corporations own the Government and THE PEOPLE have no POWER. Beware of the shrinking Government.

    October 6, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Nurse Lisa in Shelton

    thank goodness – Dick's credibility and legacy of service to our country and our state are undeniable. Linda's buffoonery, shaky tactics in business (layoffs, offshore merchandising, trying to buy the election with her own cash in the absence of financial supporters) would only translate to more bad politics in DC. Not answering the questions about these issues during the debate, instead saying he couldn't count her money and she wouldn't bring up the fact that Dick's family owns the Empire state building – I wish he'd said.. "at least we buy American!" SNAP!

    October 6, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Eric

    Yep, remember Dems, vote early and vote often!

    Don't let your headstone and cemetary fence stand in your way!

    October 6, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    Please use your brain and ignore the baseless slander the Repubs are spewing. The Repubs have nothing but some bizzare plan to take us backwards to the "good old days" of what ............ Dubya?
    Mchohon is a fake just like the wrestling faux theater stuff. It's just like the teabagger stunts – all smoke and mirrors – nothing there behind the curtain.

    October 6, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Nurse Lisa in Shelton

    now if we could just get rid of that traitor Leiberman

    October 6, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Don't let your headstone and cemetary fence stand in your way!"

    And, please, continue with the outright demagoguery...don't let facts and evidence and historical trending statistics showing that actual voter fraud very VERY rarely occurs to stand in YOUR way.

    October 6, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Please use your brain and ignore the baseless slander the Repubs are spewing. The Repubs have nothing but some bizzare plan to take us backwards to the "good old days" of what ............ Dubya?"

    Actually, ever since 1964 and the Civil Rights Act, not to mention fair labor laws, those with wealth and land and assets and power..their gameplan has been to turn ALL of us into slaves/indentured servants as punishment for taking away slavery and then the ability to create second-class groups of citizens in order to get cheap labor out of them. We're being punished for doing the right thing. "If we can't have slaves or child labor or 16 hour work days or minorities begging to work even if it's just for subsistence pay, then fine...we'll just wreck you all into poverty and make you indentured servants via unworkable salaries and consumer debt products." Tah dah...GOPer utopia...1-2% in the "ruling class" and the rest washing their feet for them. haha

    October 6, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    I am sick of people saying wrestling is fake. Since I am unemployed and stay home all day depending on government help I watch wrestling and Jerry Springer and I swear they are real. Come on fellow dems let's put it to the republican and show up to vote so I can sit home all day collecting food stamps and get supported by those evil folks that work hard and make a lot of money. How dare they make money in this economy where people are struggling each day to pay bills. I don't pay taxes and I think it is awful that the rich only pay 40% to the government(ie lazy people like me benefit). I think they should pay closer to 80% so that I can move out of this tree fort that I live in and spend all day complaining about people that disagree with me and truly showing my anger for any person that is not a Marxist

    October 6, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. BO Stinks Terrible

    FINALLY – one the dems can celebrate.

    October 6, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. Mark

    McMahon is a slave driver. Her own wrestlers are all independent contractors and she is outspoken on lowering the minimum wage. Great person.

    October 6, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    With McMahon in power there will be no minimum wage, it will be miniminiminiminiwage, which amounts to zero but what is one to expect from a billionaire.

    October 6, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. John

    Linda McMahon want too lower minimum wage,want kind of a nut case is she. REPUBLICAN party vote NO for the party of NO in NOV. I'm a Independent voter.

    October 6, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. T'SAH from Virginia

    Is there a color BLUE in the HOUSE????? !!!! CT will remain BLUE – Northeast, especially, have the same values – DIVERSITY and UNITY!!!!!

    CT Democrats – continue to STATE the CASE and mean it – UNITE the BASE and be proud of it and we will WIN the RACE in 2010!!!

    This is T'SAH from VA – ex-Native-New Yorker – and I approve this message!!!

    October 6, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Sorensen

    Poor, little, rich Linda is desperately trying to buy some respectability after all these years with ridiculous, sweaty, old
    naked "men". What makes her think, that running a freak circus would ever qualify her to run a State with real people and
    serious problems?
    What was the minimum wage again, Linda?

    October 6, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Patrick from Minnesota

    America is not a corporation. Thank you Connecticut.

    October 6, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Dennis

    Eric, can you say "Diebold'? Talk about voter fraud!!! Do some research if you are capable. If not, keep your inane comments to yourself. You are not impressing anybody.

    October 6, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. voter21

    I am willing to give Linda McMahon a chance...Just like I gave a chance to Obama when I voted for him....I am a democrat and yes I am voting for a republican...why because she has done a lot of good....

    October 6, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Just like the "Moral Majority" the "Silent Majority" the "Christian Coalition" and let's not forget...... John Birch Society, the Koch-Brothers-Tea-Party will be nothing but a ......blip..... in our history! I find it totally offensive that the Republicans have such little respect for America that they support these looney candidates! McMahon wants to get rid of the Minimum Wage, but she did not know what how much it is! Totally out of touch!

    GOP-Teas just show us how desperate the GOP is!

    @ Eric.......... God willing the GOP Gestapo wont be out at the polls intimidating American Minorities!

    October 6, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    i am a democrat but i can not believe what i read on here i vote for the one i think will help all of us not because he dem or rep you people vote for the party not the person that why we are in the shape we are in.are you any better off since obama been in office. don't lie

    October 6, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  23. George of the jungle

    The demos may surprize people yet. Wait untill November. Come on vote these repos out. How many wingnuts can we have in Washington. L? lets go forward not backwards. Hey Eric we do what we can

    October 6, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. Hugo

    Oh NOOOOO, say it ain't so, apparently she answered the question in response to raising minimum wage...You're right NVa Native the good old days of Dubya with 5.4% unemployment and a thriving economy until the spenDems took control of Congress. And Eric, don't forget to mention their other recruiting ground, the State Penitentiary!

    October 6, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |