MALLOY LEADS FOLEY IN CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR’S RACE,QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS; MORE SEE DEMOCRAT AS CANDIDATE OF CHANGE

Fueled by the Democrats’ big voter registration lead, former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy leads former ambassador Tom Foley, the Republican, 50 – 41 percent among likely voters in the Connecticut Governor’s race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

But 8 percent are undecided and 26 percent of those who do name a candidate say they could change their mind by Election Day. This is the first general election “likely voter” survey in Connecticut in this election cycle and can not be compared to earlier surveys of registered voters.

In today’s survey, conducted by telephone with live interviewers, Malloy leads 86 – 8 percent among Democrats, while Foley leads 83 – 14 percent among Republicans. Independent voters split 42 – 42 percent. Malloy leads 53 – 38 percent among women and 48 – 43 percent among men.

Among those backing Malloy, 17 percent say their vote is mainly against Foley, while 72 percent say they mainly are pro-Malloy. Foley backers are 28 percent anti-Malloy and 60 percent pro-Foley.

“The races for Governor and U.S. Senate in Connecticut are both in play, with the Democrats holding on to single-digits leads,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

“The big difference between the Governor’s race and the Senate race is that the gubernatorial candidates are much less well-known than the Senate candidates. Tom Foley and Dan Malloy will have a tough time competing for attention with Linda McMahon and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.”