New Q-Poll Shows Clinton Dominating Dems and GOP; Walker, Bush on Top for Rs in 2016; Voters Like Murphy, Love Blumenthal

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From Quinnipiac University Polling:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dominates the Democratic primary field in an early look at the 2016 White House run in Connecticut and tops possible Republican challengers by margins of 18 to 25 percentage points, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have 18 percent each in a possible Republican primary matchup, with 12 percent for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and 11 percent for New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds. No other candidate tops 7 percent, with 12 percent undecided.

Secretary Clinton tops the Democratic pack with 53 percent, followed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts with 15 percent and Vice President Joseph Biden with 8 percent. No other candidate tops 2 percent and 15 percent are undecided.

Clinton tops any listed Republican contender by double digits in Connecticut:
• 52 – 34 percent over Bush:
• 52 – 34 percent over Christie;
• 54 – 32 percent over Paul;
• 56 – 31 percent over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee;
• 53 – 34 percent over U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida;
• 53 – 33 percent over Walker;
• 55 – 30 percent over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

“In blue Connecticut, Hillary Clinton has big double-digit leads against top Republican contenders,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

“Despite the current e-mail controversy surrounding Clinton, she is well-liked in Connecticut while the Republican contenders get either mixed evaluations or negative ones from voters.
By a 56 – 38 percent margin, Connecticut voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton. Favorability ratings for

Republicans are:
• Negative 37 – 41 percent for Christie;
• Negative 25 – 36 percent for Paul;
• Negative 26 – 36 percent for Huckabee;
• Negative 33 – 39 percent for Bush;
• 24 – 23 percent for Rubio, with 52 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion;
• 22 – 22 percent for Walker with 56 percent who don’t know enough about him;
• Negative 16 – 30 percent for Cruz, with 53 percent who don’t know enough about him.

Connecticut voters give President Barack Obama a split 48 – 48 percent job approval rating, unchanged from his 48 – 48 percent score in a May 9, 2014, Quinnipiac University poll.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal gets a 64 – 26 percent job approval rating, matching his all-time high 64 – 26 percent score May 9. Only Republicans disapprove 56 – 37 percent.

Blumenthal deserves reelection in 2016, voters say 59 – 27 percent.

Voters approve 55 – 25 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is doing.
“U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is in very strong position for reelection in 2016 with high job approval and reelection numbers,” Schwartz said.

From March 6 – 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,235 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. The survey includes 323 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 5.5 percentage points and 459 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.