Even though two of the candidates polled are no longer running or running for other positions, the Democratic challengers best their Republican opponents in both the U.S. Senate race and the governor’s race, according to a new poll from Daily Kos and Research 2000.
The poll of 600 likely Connecticut voters found that if the 2010 U.S. Senate race were held today Attorney General Richard Blumenthal would beat former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons 54 to 35 percent, former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon 56 to 34 percent, and money manager Peter Schiff 56 to 33 percent.
The poll was conducted between Jan. 11 through Jan. 13, prior to Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz’s announcement that she would switch her bid from governor to attorney general. The poll found that if the election was held today and Bysiewicz were still running for governor she would best Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele 52 to 33 percent, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley 51 to 35 percent, and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton 52 to 32 percent.
In a match up between Ned Lamont and the Republicans, Lamont beats Fedele 46 to 36 percent, Foley 46 to 37 percent, and Boughton 46 to 34 percent. Former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy beats Fedele 44 to 35 percent, Foley 43 to 37 percent, and Boughton 44 to 34 percent.
And if Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who announced she would not run for re-election in 2010, ran for U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s seat in 2012, she would beat both Lieberman and U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, the Democrat from the Fifth Congressional District. Rell would get 47 percent of the vote, leaving Lieberman with 23 percent and Murphy with 25 percent. If the race in 2012 was just between Lieberman and Murphy, Murphy beats Lieberman 45 to 26 percent.
The poll has a 4 percent margin of error and it polled more self-identified Democrats and Independents than Republicans. It polled 229 Democrats, 244 Independents, and 127 Republicans.
The poll also didn’t include all the Democratic candidates exploring a race for governor. The poll neglected to ask about former House Speaker James Amann, Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman, state Sen. Gary LeBeau, and former Universal Health Care Foundation president, Juan Figueroa. Chester First Selectman Tom Marsh, a Republican, was also not included having announced his candidacy the day the poll began.