Despite a narrow convention victory, Dan Malloy has not gained much ground on front-runner John DeStefano, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning.
Among likely voters, Malloy trails DeStefano 46%-35%. Among registered Democrats, DeStefano is ahead 37%-28%. Compare the latter number to the May 2nd poll, in which DeStefano led Malloy 32%-24%. DeStefano's lead has actually increased among registered Democrats.
Gov. Rell leads both candidates in potential matchups. Rell would defeat DeStefano 64%-24%, and she would defeat Malloy 65%-22%. The governor's approval rating remains strong at 75%.
Both Democratic candidates still suffer from a lack of name recognition. 59% haven't heard enough about John DeStefano to form an opinion, and 79% haven't heard enough about Dan Malloy, despite his convention win. Maybe they're not focusing on the right issues. Both candidates have been touting complex health care plans, lately, but only 3% of respondants list health care as the most important problem facing Connecticut today. Taxes, economy/jobs and education top the list.
The Malloy campaign seems unconcerned about the poll. This from a (very) recent press release:
We're confident that as more people learn about Dan's unmatched record of creating jobs, lowering crime, providing universal pre-K for every child, and as they hear about his plans to create 100,000 jobs and provide universal health care for Connecticut, Dan will do in the primary what he did at the Democratic Convention: he'll fight hard, and he'll win.(Malloy)
Except, of course, that people actually need to learn about him, first. July should be an interesting month.
Other tidbits from the poll include the fact that Joe Lieberman's favorability rating is hovering at 48%. Only 40% of Democrats have a favorable opinion of him. George W. Bush's approval ratings are down to 24%--which is right smack in the middle of Rowland Territory. Lastly, 44% say that Sen. Dodd would make an "excellent" or a "good" president, while 37% say he'd be a "not so good" or "poor" president.
"Malloy campaign responds to Q-Poll." Press Release. Dan Malloy for Governor. 8 June, 2006.
Poll. Quinnipiac Poll--Connecticut. Conducted by Quinnipiac University May 31-June 1.