Tom Foley dominates the crowded Republican primary field in the Connecticut governor’s race and is locked in a 42 – 42 percent dead heat with Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
There is a large gender gap as women back the Democrat 45 – 37 percent while men go Republican 48 – 39 percent, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds. Foley leads 83 – 9 percent among Republicans and 45 – 33 percent among independent voters while Gov. Malloy takes Democrats 79 – 10 percent.
Malloy gets a 48 percent approval rating from Connecticut voters, while 45 percent disapprove. Voters are divided 45 – 46 percent on whether he should be reelected.
Foley leads a Republican primary with 36 percent. His nearest competitor is Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton with 11 percent. No other candidate tops 6 percent and 35 percent of Republican voters remain undecided.
Malloy tops other possible Republican challengers by margins ranging from 6 to 11 percentage points.
Connecticut voters give their governor a 46 – 43 percent favorability rating. Foley gets a 38 – 21 percent favorability. For other Republican candidates, anywhere from 72 percent of voters to 89 percent don’t know enough to form an opinion.
“Haven’t we seen this movie before? A potential rematch of Gov. Dannel Malloy vs. Tom Foley couldn’t get any closer,” said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll.
“Foley dominates other Republicans vying for the nomination, who have little statewide recognition,” Dr. Schwartz added. “One potential problem for Foley is if he gets bloodied during the primary process. For Malloy, perhaps the biggest worry is that he’s never been able to get over 50 percent in job approval – a danger sign for any incumbent.”