April 9, 2018

Poll: CT residents favor GOP candidate in governor’s race

New Britain Mayor Erin E. Stewart leads the field of GOP gubernatorial candidates with over 22 percent support, a recent poll shows.

A recent online poll says Connecticut residents are more likely to support a Republican than a Democrat to replace outgoing Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy when he completes his term at the end of 2018.

In the survey released by the public affairs firm Tremont Public Advisors, almost 58 percent of Connecticut residents said they would elect a Republican over a Democrat (39 percent) in November's governor's race.

The survey drew from more than 1,000 residents across the state over the age of 18, which represents a 5 percent decrease in Democratic support since its February poll.

Among Republican candidates, New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart led the field of GOP gubernatorial candidates with over 22 percent support, followed by former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz (12 percent ), Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (8 percent ) and businessman Ned Lamont (6 percent).

Voters also supports candidates such as Jim Smith, Jonathan Harris, Luke Bronin, Oz Griebel, Tim Herbst, Mark Lauretti, Peter Lumaj and Mike Handler, who all garnered less than 1 percent of support.

Matthew J. Hennessy, Tremont Public Advisors' managing director, said Connecticut Democrats "have to be alarmed" by the party's fleeting support, although "dismal" approval ratings for President Donald Trump will aid the party's effort to retain the governor's seat.

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