Dodd Releases Poll Showing He’s Trailing — but Not by Much

Posted December 22, 2009 at 4:27pm

In an effort to push back against recent rumors that he may be on the verge of retiring, Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D-Conn.) campaign released its own poll Tuesday showing him tied with or trailing the two leading Republicans in the race. The polling memo, titled “Chris Dodd Can Win Next November,— only showed the vulnerable Democratic Senator winning in an informed ballot test.

In the poll, paid for by Dodd’s campaign, the Senator was tied with former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R), with each garnering 46 percent. Dodd was trailing former Rep. Rob Simmons (R), 51 percent to 46 percent. The Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research poll tested the opinions of 601 likely voters from Dec. 15 to 17, and had a 4-point margin of error.

McMahon also released her own poll over the weekend showing her barely leading Simmons in the GOP primary, 37 percent to 35 percent. Businessman Peter Schiff (R) scored 4 percent in the poll, while 25 percent were undecided. The poll, conducted by McMahon pollster Moore Information, surveyed 400 likely GOP primary voters Dec. 15 and 16 and had a margin of error of 4.9 points.