by Jennifer Swift
Jun 19, 2013
08:42 PMConnecticut Politics
Foley Holds Slight Lead Over Malloy for Governor in QU Poll
A new poll from Quinnipiac University sets the stage for a close race should incumbent Gov. Dannel P. Malloy face a 2014 re-election rematch with 2010 Republican nominee Tom Foley.
The numbers released Wednesday show Foley with a slight lead over Malloy, 43 to 40 percent.
It also shows Foley with a wide lead over other potential Republican candidates, at 36 percent to State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney’s 11 percent, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton with 8 percent and House Minority Leader Larry Cafero with 4 percent.
Foley is the only possible candidate with numbers that top Malloy, the poll shows, leading the pack of potential GOP candidates. A race with Malloy v. McKinney has the governor at 44 percent versus McKinney's 37. The poll reports 43 percent would go for Malloy over Boughton with 36 percent and 44 for Malloy versus Cafero with 37.
Despite the lead versus other possible GOP candidates, 46 percent of Connecticut voters say they haven't heard enough about Foley to make a decision about him. In the group of those who have heard of Foley, 35 percent gave him a favorable rating with 18 percent unfavorable. That's compared to 7 percent who say they haven't heard enough about Malloy, 75 percent haven't heard enough about McKinney, 81 percent for Cafero and 84 percent for Boughton.
Connecticut voters do not approve of the state's budget fix of adding Keno in restaurants, bars and convenience stores 59 to 35 percent. They do support the state's new gun control laws 57 to 37 percent.
"Connecticut voters are rejecting Governor Malloy's failed economic policies and the 'different path' down which he has taken Connecticut" read a statement from state Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. in a party press release Wednesday.
"Malloy said Connecticut would take a ‘different path’ — different from the states who cut spending and cut taxes and whose economies are now rebounding while Connecticut’s remains the worst in the nation. Malloy took Connecticut down a different path alright, and he took our taxpayers for a ride," Labriola said, later adding. "It is not hard to see why his approval rating is low — it is more surprising that the number isn’t lower.”
Democrats responded pointedly picking on Foley, but not before they said polls this far in advance are "rarely predictive." The statement by state Democratic Party Chair Nancy DiNardo was crafted to respond to the Republicans’ "crowing about today's Quinnipiac poll."
“Once Connecticut residents are reminded of his opposition to the common sense gun safety bill Governor Malloy signed into law, and once people are reminded that he spent a career getting rich off destroying jobs and people’s financial security, and once people are reminded that he’s never done anything remotely close to guiding a state through crisis after crisis, his poll numbers will crater and voters will reject him just as they did in 2010," DiNardo's statement read. "But let’s also remember that he’s not the nominee of the Republican Party yet, and the last few wealthy Republicans who tried to buy state offices failed.”
Malloy spokesman, Andrew Doba, had this to say about the poll: "We have tried to be consistent in not saying much about polls because...what's there to say? Polls come and go, numbers go up and down. The Governor always does what he thinks is best for the state and the right thing to do."