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Chris Murphy Opens Lead on Linda McMahon in Connecticut Senate Race

As she did in 2010, McMahon in the last weeks of her bitter Senate battle is losing favor among women and older voters.

U.S. Senate hopeful Chris Murphy has opened a modest lead on opponent with 49 percent of likely voters now saying they support Murphy, a Democrat, and 43 percent saying they would vote for McMahon, a Republican.

Those are the results of the latest Quinnipiac University poll released today. The poll shows that Murphy is gaining ground on McMahon as women and older voters begin to move away from McMahon.

The poll shows that women back Murphy 52 to 38 percent and that voters 55 and older are split 51 to 42 percent for Murphy.

In the university’s last poll conducted Oct. 4, women backed Murphy 50 to 44 and voters 55 and older were tied at 48 to 48 percent for Murphy.

Even men appear to be having second thoughts about McMahon. In the latest Quinnipiac poll male voters split 50 to 46 for McMahon. In the earlier poll they were split 52 to 45 percent for her.

Still, the race “remains fluid,” Quinnipiac officials said “as 11 percent of Murphy voters and 14 percent of McMahon voters say they might change their mind in the next 13 days.”

"It's déjà vu all over again in the Connecticut Senate race. As we hit the final stretch of the campaign, Linda McMahon is beginning to fade, as she did in her 2010 run against Richard Blumenthal," said Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac University poll. "Has she hit her ceiling? She took 43 percent of the vote in 2010, losing by 12 points to Blumenthal. Two weeks before the election, she is back at 43 percent."

A total of 62 percent of Connecticut likely voters have a "strongly unfavorable" or "somewhat unfavorable" opinion of this Senate race in general.

McMahon, Schwartz added, appears to be losing the popularity contest with Murphy. Between 41 to 47 percent of the surveyed voters reported an unfavorable image of McMahon, compared to 39 percent for Murphy.

"One of McMahon's key strengths had been that voters liked her more than Murphy," Schwartz added. "Voters are evenly divided on Murphy but have a net negative opinion of McMahon. After improving her image from two years ago, her favorability rating has fallen back to about where she was in 2010.”

In the presidential race Barack Obama has opened an even greater lead in Connecticut over Mitt Romney, the poll shows. The president leads Romney 55 to 41 percent, compared to 54 to 42 percent in the Oct. 4 poll.

You can read details of the poll here.

Josh Albin October 27, 2012 at 02:06 AM
The NFL pays for players health insurance. And they have undertaken huge rule changes to improve player safety (for the most part you can argue some things increase risk of injury to players ie Thursday Night games). While I don't think they are perfect in this department they at least take some interest, which is not the case with the WWE.
Jeffrey Melaragno October 27, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Two items to ponder: 1) No one is forcing the wrestlers to become wrestlers or to work for WWE. Both are the decisions of the wrestlers. They are free to pursue any profession that they qualify for. 2) Don't the WWE wrestlers make a decent amount of money (some over $1 million per year)? I would gladly pay for my own health insurance with that salary. If it didn't make financial sense to wrestle for WWE, why would anyone do so?
Josh Albin October 27, 2012 at 02:35 AM
1. I'm not sure how this addresses anything i said about moral character and the charge made? But I'd respond with this. Think MLB. Steroid use became rampant through the 90s and early 2000s. The reason was that if it increased performance and one guy did it other players had to follow to give themselves a chance to secure their job, position and future contracts. MLB turned a blind eye to the excessive steroid use because it was making money off the Sammy Sosa's, McGuires, Bonds, A-Rod etc. Most people agree this was a morally bad practice (turning a blind eye to breaking the law in order to make money while knowingly allowing your employees health to be risked since it helped your bottom line). This is no different than the WWE, except its done to a greater degree there. You don't need to be into pro wrestling to know that Hulk Hogan is one of, if not the biggest name of all time in that genre, and he was so popular because of his physique. He was a steroid user. Thus similar to the baseball scenario too make it big in that business, and get paid big, people take steroids. With respect to the McMahons and other people like Bud Selig, we all know they are too smart to not know it was going on. 2. The top guys make plenty. But thats a small percentage of the total. A lot of the guys do not make nearly as much as you think. I'm still fascinated that no McMahon supporter can defend the death incident.
iamspartacus November 08, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I must of missed it did McMahon only lose by 1%? God that Rasmussen is accurate, not the shill for the Republican party and Fox News I always thought they were. It was a real nail biter.
James R M.D. November 08, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Spartacus - The problem is the Country's dynamics and demographics have changed drastically. We are moving toward a socialist model. Our youth have been led to believe they are the best without actually earning it, Everyone gets a trophy. In Obamacare we actually consider a 26 year old adult to be a dependent child still living at home. Some other predictions that have better odds. The economy will not improve under this new model. Unemployment will continue to rise. Taxes will go up for everyone. We love jobs but hate the job creators therefore we are in for a very dismal four years. Time heals all wounds but we will all be hurting for quite some time. Liberalism is a mental disorder. It has been proven. Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr, MD is the author of The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness. He received his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Chicago and served for two years as a psychiatrist in the United States Army. He is currently in private practice in the Chicago area.

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