Connecticut: Democrat Blumenthal Polling Strong

Posted January 15, 2010 at 6:22pm

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) would trounce either Republican running for retiring Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D) seat, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

Blumenthal led former Rep. Rob Simmons 62 percent to 27 percent, with only 10 percent of respondents undecided.

He led former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon by an even greater margin, 64 percent to 23 percent, and was favored over businessman Peter Schiff 66 percent to 19 percent.

Quinnipiac said Blumenthal logged one of the highest approval ratings it has recorded — 84 percent overall, and 73 percent approval from Republicans surveyed.

“Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s job approval is unbelievably high, higher than any other politician we’ve ever measured, other than former President George W. Bush after 9/11,— Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said.

The survey showed Simmons with a 10-point lead over McMahon in the primary contest, 37 percent to 27 percent, with 28 percent undecided. The primary is scheduled for August, but delegates could pick a nominee this May at their convention.

The poll, conducted Jan. 8-12, surveyed 1,430 registered voters and had a margin of error of 2.6 points.