Public Policy Polling's first Connecticut poll of 2014 finds Dan Malloy with an 8 point lead for reelection over Republican foe Tom Foley, 43/35. Independent Joe Visconti is polling at 9%. Visconti is largely drawing voters away from Foley- his supporters say their second choice would be Foley by a 46/27 spread. In a head to head, Malloy's advantage over Foley is 6 points at 45/39.
Malloy's had low approval numbers throughout most of his term and that hasn't changed- only 40% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 50% who disapprove. But Foley's numbers are even worse with just 34% of voters holding a favorable opinion of him to 49% with an unfavorable one. The dislike of both candidates helps to explain why Visconti is getting such a high level of support. Malloy is actually winning more Republicans (17%) than Foley is Democrats (12%) which makes it very hard for a Republican to be successful in a state where Democrats have a substantial registration advantage.
Democrats are headed for a sweep up and down the ballot in Connecticut this fall. George Jepsen leads 45/30 for Attorney General, Denise Merrill is up 42/33 for Secretary of State, Denise Nappier is up 45/37 for Treasurer, and Kevin Lembo leads 38/33 for Comptroller.
Other notes from Connecticut:
-Connecticut isn't likely to be competitive in the 2016 Presidential race if Hillary Clinton runs. She leads all potential Republican opponents in the state by double digits- 49/39 over Chris Christie, 50/37 over Jeb Bush, 53/34 over Mike Huckabee, 54/35 over Rand Paul, and 54/32 over Ted Cruz.
-65% of voters in Connecticut support increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour, compared to only 27% who are opposed. Democrats are for it 88/8 and Republicans are pretty divided on the issue with 42% supporting it to 51% opposed.
-Connecticut is Red Sox and Patriots territory when it comes to professional sports loyalties. The Red Sox lead the Yankees 39/29 for baseball allegiance with the Mets at 7% and the Phillies at 4% the only other teams drawing any meaningful support. The Patriots lead the Giants 33/22 with the Cowboys and Packers also registering at 6%, and the Broncos getting 5%.
Full results here