Survey shows transformed Conn. Senate race
By Ben Pershing
When Sen. Chris Dodd (D) announced last week that he was no longer running for reelection, Democrats in Washington and Connecticut breathed a sigh of relief. A new poll out Thursday helps explain why.
Quinnipiac University's survey of the Nutmeg State, conducted after Dodd's announcement, gives state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) massive leads over all three Republican contenders in the Senate contest. Blumenthal leads former congressman Rob Simmons by 35 points, wrestling impresario Linda McMahon by 41 points and businessman Peter Schiff by 47 points. (The poll also showed Simmons leading the GOP primary, garnering 37 percent to McMahon's 27 percent and Schiff's 4 percent.)
By contrast, a November Quinnipiac survey showed both McMahon and Simmons leading Dodd, and other recent polls had yielded the same result. Thursday's poll found that 58 percent of respondents disapproved of the way Dodd is handling his job, suggesting that his decision to retire didn't spur an outpouring of affection for the departing incumbent.
Also unpopular in the state: independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who has played a high-profile role in the health-care debate by helping to kill the public insurance option before voting for the Senate's bill. Lieberman's disapproval rating stands at 54 percent, five points worse than his November score and "one point off his worst grade ever," Quinnipiac notes. Lieberman is up for reelection in 2012.
January 14, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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