(Updated) In the race for governor, Republican Tom Foley and Democrat Ned Lamont still enjoy double-digit leads against their respective August primary opponents, the latest Quinnipiac University poll found.
In a Republican primary Foley would receive 39 percent of the vote followed by Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele with 12 percent. R. Nelson “Oz” Griebel, the third candidate in the Republican primary, has dropped from 5 percent down to 2 percent.
Forty-four percent of Republicans are still undecided and the percentage of voters who don’t know enough about the candidates to form an opinion ranges from 52 percent to 89 percent.
Lamont leads in the Democratic primary for governor with 39 percent, followed by former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy who receives 22 percent. Thirty-six percent of voters are still undecided in that race.
“Little or no movement in either primary for governor, as the best known candidates, Tom Foley and Ned Lamont continue to enjoy double digit leads. But with two months until the primaries, and the large undecided, there is still plenty of room for movement,” Schwartz said.
Malloy’s campaign manager Dan Kelly was quick to respond to Thursday’s poll results.
“Today’s q-poll shows the same spread it showed in January,” Kelly said. “Despite spending more than a million dollars on TV, Ned Lamont has been unable to change the dynamics of this race. Dan hasn’t spend a dime on television, yet has managed to keep this a wide open race. Once we start spending money to communicate with voters – which will happen soon enough – we’re confident the numbers will close, and that on August 10th Democrats will choose Dan Malloy as the candidate best able to represent the values of this Party in the general election.”
The Lamont campaign had their own spin.
“Connecticut residents are responding to Ned’s fresh vision for our state, from his plan to create jobs and grow Connecticut businesses to his strategy for renewing our cities,” Lamont’s Communications Director Justine Sessions, said. “Of course, the poll that matters is the one on Election Day, which is why Ned is out there talking directly with people around the state, sharing his ideas for how to move Connecticut forward as our next governor.”
Foley’s campaign touted the poll as validation Connecticut is looking for an outsider.
“I am pleased with the results of the Quinnipiac poll showing my campaign winning a Republican primary by 27 points,” Foley said. “Together with our resounding endorsement at the Republican Convention last month, these results confirm that Connecticut voters are ready for an outsider to fix the mess in Hartford.”
In the U.S. Senate race voters seem to be looking for an experienced candidate. According to the poll voters prefer by 51 percent a candidate with experience. Thirty-eight percent said they prefer an outsider candidate.
The survey of 1,350 registered voters has a plus or minus 4.4 percent margin of error for Democratic respondents and 5.3 percent margin of error for Republicans.