Poll Shows Blumenthal Up Big in Conn.

Posted January 14, 2010 at 8:55am

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) would trounce either leading Republican running for retiring Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D) seat, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted Jan. 8-12.Blumenthal led former Rep. Rob Simmons, 62 percent to 27 percent, with only 10 percent of respondents undecided.The attorney general led former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon by an even greater margin, 64 percent to 23 percent, and was even more highly 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, with a 73 percent approval rating 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 in a press release.The survey found Simmons with a relatively small 10-point lead over McMahon in the GOP primary, 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 surveyed 1,430 registered voters and had a margin of error of 3 points.