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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Tom Foley (CTNJ file photos)

A Republican polling firm found Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy up one point over Republican Tom Foley with third-party candidate Jonathan Pelto taking 3 percent of the vote.

Vox Populi Polling found that if the election was held today Malloy would beat Foley 35 to 34 percent with Pelto taking 3 percent of the 550 Connecticut voters surveyed. Malloy’s lead over Foley is within the 4.2 percent margin of error.

Sen. John McKinney, a Republican who is seeking the Republican nomination in the Aug. 12 primary, was not included in the poll. The company only asked about Malloy, Foley and Pelto, according to the information it released Thursday. 

A fourth candidate Joseph Visconti who is also seeking to petition his way onto the November ballot was not included.

The poll found that 27 percent of voters are still undecided.

“Republicans have a potential pick up opportunity in Connecticut,” Vox Populi Polling pollster Brent Seaborn said. “With the majority of voters disapproving of Dannel Malloy’s performance as governor and a third party candidate in the race, this seat is prime for Tom Foley’s taking.”

The poll has a 4.2 percent margin of error and 443 interviews were conducted on landlines, while 107 were conducted using mobile-based survey technology. All interviews were conducted July 27 and July 28.