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Poll: Lamont, Stefanowski Within Margin of Error; Malloy Approval Under 16%

August 23, 2018 By Staff
Poll: Lamont, Stefanowski Within Margin of Error; Malloy Approval Under 16%

Sacred Heart University and Hearst Connecticut Media are out with the first poll of the general election race between Ned Lamont and Bob Stefanowski.

Democrat Ned Lamont is ahead of Republican Bob Stefanowski in the Connecticut gubernatorial race, but many voters are undecided and the race is within the margin of error.

Those are a few of the key takeaways from a new poll of the CT-Gov. race, released by Sacred Heart University and Hearst Connecticut Media on Thursday.

Hearst’s Ken Dixon reported:

While the Greenwich businessman has 40.8 percent support among likely voters, Stefanowski, an executive from Madison has 36.9 percent, the poll finds. The gap, however, is within the margin of error of 4.32 percent, meaning the race is essentially tied heading into the Labor Day weekend next week.

…The crucial support of unaffiliated voters is virtually tied, at 29.8 percent each, for the two candidates. And 16.7 percent are undecided over whom to support on November 6. Nearly 82 percent of Republicans say they support Stefanowski, while about 77 percent of Democrats say they are backing Lamont.

The poll also identified a near-rock bottom approval rating for Malloy: 15.9 percent.

Sacred Heart separately posted several of the issue-related results of their poll, and found that the top issues of concern for voters in the state are as follows:

  • High overall cost of living: 93.6 percent concerned
  • High overall tax burden: 90.9 percent concerned
  • Low wage growth: 79.8 percent concerned
  • Quality of the cities: 79.3 percent concerned

The poll also found low support for adding electronic tolls in the state (only 39.6 percent support).

Quinnipiac University will also release a poll of the Connecticut gubernatorial race, following a long absence from polling Connecticut races, on Thursday morning.