Feb 28, 2014
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Connecticut Politics

Quinnipiac Poll of Connecticut Governor's Race is Underway

Quinnipiac Poll of Connecticut Governor's Race is Underway

Jennifer Swift

Those waiting for Quinnipiac’s next rollout of polling numbers in the governor’s race won’t have to wait much longer.

An individual in the presence of a reporter was called by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute and participated in a poll Thursday night. The interviewee, called on their cell phone, was asked questions on a wide range of topics including the candidates for governor as well as current topics discussed in the legislature, such as aid in dying legislation and the minimum wage.

A pollster asked an interviewee if the election were today, if they would vote for Governor Dannel P. Malloy or one of the Republican candidates, who were named individually for six different questions. Malloy has not yet announced if he’s running for re-election.

The respondent was asked if they approve or disapprove of the job the legislature is doing, and the same approve/disapprove question was posed to ask about Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Chris Murphy and President Barack Obama.

These questions all mirror similar questions the Quinnipiac poll reported results of lastly in June 2013. As the landscape of the governor’s race has changed, politicos and media have wondered when the next poll would take place.

That first poll was taken before official candidates had announced and gauged opinion on 2010 Republican candidate Tom Foley, House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and State Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney. Since that poll, Cafero has bowed out, though Boughton, Foley and McKinney are all formal candidates. The current poll also asked respondents if they would vote for Malloy or candidates West Hartford Councilman Joe Visconti and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, and State Sen. Toni Boucher who has formed an exploratory committee.

The June 2013 poll showed Foley beating Malloy if the two had a re-match by 3 points, with 43 percent to Malloy’s 40 percent. It also showed Foley with a wide lead over other potential Republican candidates in a primary, at 36 percent to McKinney’s 11 percent, Boughton with 8 percent and Cafero with 4 percent.

Foley was the only candidate with numbers that topped Malloy, the June poll showed. A race with Malloy v. McKinney had the governor at 44 percent versus McKinney's 37. The poll reported 43 percent would go for Malloy over Boughton with 36 percent and 44 for Malloy versus Cafero with 37.

The newest poll also asks questions to gauge the interviewee’s opinion on the economy, taxes, the budget, the death penalty, gun policy and education. Questions on the gun policy mirrored what individuals were asked for the June 2013 poll, as they were asked if they feel more or less safe since the gun legislation was passed. They were also asked if they think the economy has gotten better, worse or stayed the same, a similar question from previous polls.

Minimum wage was also the subject of a question, and the interviewee was asked if they support a minimum wage and if they support a proposal for a $10.10/hour minimum wage. Enacting a $10.10 minimum wage is a proposal of Malloy’s, which came after President Obama made the same proposal in his state of the union. Obama is scheduled to come to Hartford next Wednesday to attend an event on the minimum wage.

 Malloy’s plan to give each eligible resident a $55 tax rebate to disburse $155 million dollars of surplus was also the subject of a few questions — specifically whether the person being polled believed the rebate to be “a good move” or “political gimmick.” Questions on the death penalty versus life in prison were asked. Very specific questions about current proposals about aid in dying legislation were asked, including if the interviewee were told they had six months to live, if they would seek help to end their life.

When asked in January when the polling institute would conduct their next poll of the governor’s race in Connecticut, poll director Doug Schwartz said they do not disclose their polling schedule. Schwartz again issued the same statement when asked for comment Friday.

Quinnipiac Poll of Connecticut Governor's Race is Underway

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