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QU Poll: Lamont has 13-point lead in CT gov race

By Quinnipiac University Poll

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In the Connecticut governor’s race, Democrat Ned Lamont leads Republican Bob Stefanowski 46 – 33 percent, with 4 percent for independent candidate Oz Griebel and 1 percent for the Libertarian Party’s Rod Hanscomb, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

In a head-to-head matchup, Lamont tops Stefanowski 53 – 37 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

In the four-way race, Lamont leads Stefanowski 50 – 27 percent among women. Men are divided with 40 percent for Lamont and 39 percent for Stefanowski. Democrats go to Lamont over Stefanowski 81 – 3 percent. Stefanowski leads Lamont 83 – 8 percent among Republicans and 37 – 30 percent among independent voters.

Connecticut voters give Lamont a 44 – 28 percent favorability rating. Stefanowski gets a divided 33 – 31 percent favorability rating, with 35 percent who haven’t heard enough about him to form an opinion.

For Griebel, 83 percent haven’t heard enough to form an opinion and 91 percent haven’t heard enough about Hanscomb.

A total of 70 percent of Connecticut voters are “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the choice of candidates for governor, while 25 percent are “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied.”

“Ned Lamont is leading Bob Stefanowski by double digits thanks to huge support among women and Connecticut’s status as a true blue state. But there’s a lot of time until Election Day, and a number of undecided voters up for grabs,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

Connecticut voters support 59 – 36 percent allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

In the Connecticut U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy leads business owner Matthew Corey, the Republican challenger, 59 – 31 percent. Sen. Murphy is ahead 91 – 3 percent among Democrats and 51 – 35 percent among independent voters. Republicans back Corey 78 – 14 percent.

Voters give Murphy a 62 – 28 percent job approval rating and a 58 – 28 percent favorability rating. For Corey, 67 percent haven’t heard enough to form an opinion.

Connecticut voters disapprove 67 – 25 percent of the job Gov. Dannel Malloy is doing. But 63 percent of voters say their opinion of Gov. Malloy will have no impact on their vote in this year’s governor’s race.

Voters approve 61 – 32 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is doing.

President Donald Trump gets a negative 30 – 67 percent approval rating.

Connecticut voters support 49 – 35 percent eliminating the state income tax. Support is 66 – 22 percent among Republicans and 60 – 26 percent among independent voters. Democrats are opposed 51 – 32 percent.

Voters say 56 – 35 percent, however, that eliminating the income tax over eight years is not realistic.

Voters support 63 – 33 percent raising the Connecticut minimum wage from $10.10 per hour to $15 per hour. Republicans are the only listed group against raising the minimum wage.

Connecticut voters oppose 53 – 40 percent putting tolls on state highways.

“President Donald Trump seems to loom more largely in the minds of Connecticut voters than Gov. Dannel Malloy. Voters both approve and disapprove more strongly of President Trump,” Dr. Schwartz added.

“While there’s been a lot more talk about eliminating the income tax, voters are much more supportive of raising the minimum wage. Voters’ opinions on issues such as these may be contributing to Lamont’s lead.”

From August 16 – 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,029 Connecticut voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts nationwide public opinion surveys, and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and Texas as a public service and for research.

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