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Poll: CT Voters Prefer Republican to Dem for Governor in 2018, 50.3%-49.8%

December 19, 2017 By Staff
Poll: CT Voters Prefer Republican to Dem for Governor in 2018, 50.3%-49.8%

The Tremont Public Advisors poll is arguably the first look at what the many candidates for governor may be up against heading into a competitive cycle.

Connecticut voters narrowly prefer a Republican to a Democrat for governor in 2018, 50.3 percen to 49.8 percent, according to a poll released by Tremont Public Advisors this week.

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Tremont reported surveying 1,154 Connecticut residents over the age of 18. The group’s managing director said in a statement that there is “good and bad news” for members of both parties.

“There is good and bad news for both Republicans and Democrats in the survey results released today.”, stated Matthew J. Hennessy, Managing Director of Tremont Public Advisors. “For Republicans to be neck and neck with Democrats in a state Hillary Clinton won by over 13 points has to heartening. However, it also shows that after months of attempting to tie the state’s fiscal woes and voter dissatisfaction of Governor Malloy to the next Democratic candidate for Governor, they just haven’t made a convincing case.”

Hennessy also stated, “Democrats have to be happy their candidates aren’t being significantly blamed for Connecticut’s woes. But, it just shouldn’t be this close. At this point, Connecticut residents aren’t connecting local Republicans with a very unpopular President Donald Trump, which is good news for the Connecticut GOP.”

In a question probing public support for specific candidates, and reported by the Hartford Courant, the generic Republican (35.4 percent) fared better than the generic Democrat (22.5 percent) by 13 points.

A group of mayors lead the pack when it comes to individual candidates, with Mayors Luke Bronin (D-Hartford; 10.6 percent) and Mark Boughton (R-Danbury; 9.3 percent) leading the pack in their respective parties.

Former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz (9.2 percent) and ex-candidate Ned Lamont (7.5 percent) run close behind Bronin, and Boughton has almost four percentage points on his next Republican competitor, Dave Walker (5.6 percent).

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