Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his staff are still mum about a re-election bid, but a poll released Tuesday gives the unpopular governor a shot at re-election.

Malloy may be one of the most unpopular governors in the country but Public Policy Polling says his standing has improved slightly.

“We’ve tended to find him as one of the most unpopular Governors in the country so far but he saw a major improvement in our last poll to the point where he led a hypothetical Republican foe 48-37,” the poll says.

“It’s hard to say what might have produced such a sudden, substantial improvement — perhaps his leadership during the hurricane? If that is the case we’ll have to keep an eye on whether his improved numbers are permanent or just fleeting.”