Democrat Richard Blumenthal has taken a 57 percent to 39 percent lead over Republican Linda McMahon in the race to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Christopher Dodd, according to a Suffolk University poll conducted Oct. 19-20.
A majority of Connecticut voters think the state is heading on the wrong track, that the recession still persists, the job situation will not improve and the Democratic-backed economic stimulus program has not helped the state.
All that has helped Republicans in many races around the country, but McMahon, whose former role as head of World Wrestling Entertainment has hardly been a plus in the campaign, still suffers from a decidedly negative image with 52 percent seeing her unfavorably while 33 percent regard her favorably, with 14 percent undecided.
By contrast, Blumenthal, the state's attorney general whose longtime popularity seems to have survived disclosures that he made misleading statements about his military record, is seen favorably by 56 percent and unfavorably by 34 percent, with 10 percent undecided.
McMahon has spent more than $40 million of her own money, which has enabled her to flood the airwaves with campaign ads and mailboxes with political material. But one result is that 62 percent of voters believe that she has run the more negative campaign.
When it comes to her specific ad saying that Blumenthal had lied about serving in Vietnam, 33 percent of voters said it had made no difference in their decision on whom to support, 30 percent said the ads made it more likely that they'd back Blumenthal while 25 percent said the ads made it more likely they'd support McMahon.
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