New poll has Malloy out to surprising lead in governor’s race
by Ken Borsuk for Greenwich Post
Gov. Tom Foley? Not so fast, according to a new poll that puts incumbent Gov. Dannel Malloy in the lead and represents a rather large break from previous measures of the upcoming gubernatorial race.
Under a new poll released Monday by Public Policy Polling (PPP), Mr. Malloy has an eight percentage point lead over his Republican challenger Mr. Foley in the upcoming election, a rematch of the 2010 election that Mr. Malloy won by fewer than 10,000 votes. According to PPP, Mr. Malloy is polling at 43% with Mr. Foley coming in at 35% and independent Joe Visconti, who is running to Mr. Foley’s right, coming in at 9%. Were Mr. Visconti not in the race, Mr. Malloy’s lead would shrink to six points.
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A Quinnipiac University poll based on telephone interviews with 1668 voters showed that CT voters strongly support gun safety and intend to support candidates who agree. The poll was conducted from May 1 to May 6. Support for strong gun laws was equally as strong as when asked in June 2013.
Connecticut voters support our strong new gun laws by a substantial margin of 56-38%. Results varied widely by political affiliation and gender: 81% of Democrats and 54% of unaffiliated voters support stronger gun laws. 69% of Republicans oppose them. Support among women was 66% while 51% of men were opposed.
All age groups supported stronger gun laws ranging from 54% for the younger groups (18-49) to 59% for those aged 65+.
Even among gun owner households, 30% supported our strong laws.
Quinnipiac poll director Douglas Schwartz said, “Overall public opinion is on the side of new gun control laws. It would appear the pro-gun control folks have the advantage on intensity.” He said that those who would vote based only on the gun issue (single issue voters) favored the new laws.
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