June 6, 2012 - McMahon, Murphy Open Big Leads In Connecticut Primaries, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Two Front-Runners Neck-And-Neck In General Election

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Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon leads former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays 59 - 30 percent in the Republican primary for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to a 51 - 42 percent McMahon lead March 22.

In the Democratic Senate primary, U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy leads former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz 50 - 20 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. This compares to a 37 - 25 percent Murphy lead March 22.

In possible November matchups:
  • Murphy gets 46 percent to McMahon's 43 percent, compared to a 52 - 37 percent Murphy lead March 22;
  • Murphy beats Shays 45 - 37 percent, compared to a 41 - 40 percent tie March 22;
  • McMahon edges Bysiewicz 46 - 42 percent, reversing a 49 - 39 percent Bysiewicz lead March 22;
  • Shays gets 44 percent to Bysiewicz' 40 percent, compared to a 43 - 42 percent tie March 22.
The McMahon-Murphy matchup features a reverse gender gap as men back McMahon 48 - 44 percent, while women back Murphy 47 - 38 percent. Murphy leads 55 - 35 percent among voters with a college degree while McMahon leads 48 - 40 percent among voters without a degree.

"Linda McMahon is now the clear frontrunner for the GOP nod, crushing Congressmen Christopher Shays by 29 points, after having led Shays by only 9 points back in March. It is hard to see how Shays can overcome such a large lead by primary day, August 14," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

"McMahon also is doing better against Congressman Chris Murphy, the front runner for the Democratic nomination. She is essentially tied with Murphy after trailing by 15 points in March."

"McMahon's improvement in the general election against Murphy is due to her better performance among independent voters. She now has 43 percent of these key voters, to Murphy's 41 percent, overcoming a 15-point deficit in March," Dr. Schwartz added.

"Unlike in our last poll, McMahon would be a stronger candidate than Shays against Murphy."

"McMahon has been dominating the airwaves and it appears to be paying off."

Connecticut voters have a 45 - 38 percent favorable opinion of McMahon, with 16 percent who haven't heard enough about her to form an opinion. This is an improvement from March when her favorability rating was a negative 40 - 44 percent. Voters have a 37 - 17 percent favorable opinion of Murphy, but 46 percent haven't heard enough about him, little changed from March.

"McMahon also is benefitting from a huge name recognition advantage after her 2010 Senate campaign. The other three candidates are unknown to over 40 percent of the electorate," Schwartz said. Presidential Race

President Barack Obama leads Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican challenger, 50 - 38 percent, including 48 - 42 percent among men, 52 - 35 percent among women and 45 - 35 percent among independent voters.

President Obama gets a 53 - 43 percent approval rating and a 52 - 41 percent favorability rating. Romney gets a negative 34 - 42 percent favorability rating.

"While President Barack Obama has a comfortable double digit lead over Gov. Mitt Romney, McMahon is running in a close race against Murphy. With Republicans needing to pick up only four seats to win control of the U.S. Senate, the national spotlight could turn on this competitive Senate race to fill Sen. Joe Lieberman's seat," Schwartz said.

Connecticut voters disapprove 47 - 44 percent of the job Gov. Dannel Malloy is doing, compared to a 44 - 37 percent disapproval in an April 25 poll.

From May 29 - June 3, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,408 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones. The survey includes 381 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 5 percentage points and 538 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. (If Registered Republican) If the Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Shays and Linda McMahon, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS........................
                                                        COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Con    Mod    Yes    No
 
Shays                30%    32%    28%    25%    35%    40%    23%
McMahon              59     62     56     65     57     48     67
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      -      -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      2      1      2      1      1
DK/NA                 9      6     13     10      6     10      9
 
TREND: (If Registered Republican) If the Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Shays and Linda McMahon, for whom would you vote? (* 2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS
                     Jun 06  Mar 22  Sep 16
                     2012    2012    2011
 
Shays                30      42      35
McMahon              59      51      50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       -       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       1
DK/NA                 9       6      12
 
 
2. (If Registered Democrat) If the Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Murphy and Susan Bysiewicz, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMOCRATS..........................
                                                        COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Yes    No
 
Murphy               50%    51%    49%    60%    51%    59%    44%
Bysiewicz            20     21     20     19     19     18     22
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      1      -      3      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      5      3      2      3      1      5
DK/NA                24     20     27     18     25     20     27
 
TREND: (If Registered Democrat) If the Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Murphy and Susan Bysiewicz, for whom would you vote? (* 2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     REGISTERED DEMOCRATS
                     Jun 06  Mar 22  Sep 16
                     2012    2012    2011
 
Murphy               50      37      36
Bysiewicz            20      25      26
Tong                 na       4       1
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       4       2
DK/NA                24      29      35
 
 
3. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Obama                50%    10%    86%    45%    48%    52%    54%    48%
Romney               38     86      8     35     42     35     36     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      -      4      2      2      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      3      2      2      1      2
DK/NA                 8      2      4     12      6      9      7      8
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote? (* 2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     Jun 06  Mar 22  Sep 16
                     2012    2012    2011
 
Obama                50      53      49
Romney               38      37      36
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       3       2
DK/NA                 8       6      10
 
 
4. Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            52%    13%    86%    48%    50%    54%    56%    50%
Unfavorable          41     83      9     44     44     39     39     43
Hvn't hrd enough      4      3      3      5      4      3      2      5
REFUSED               3      2      1      4      2      4      3      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jun 06  Mar 22  Sep 16  Dec 17  Mar 27  May 10  Feb 19
                     2012    2012    2011    2008    2008    2007    2007
 
Favorable            52      55      50      71      59      51      48
Unfavorable          41      41      45      11      24      15      10
Hvn't hrd enough      4       2       3      15      15      32      40
REFUSED               3       2       3       2       2       1       2
 
 
5. Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            34%    73%    13%    29%    35%    32%    35%    33%
Unfavorable          42     13     67     38     43     42     48     39
Hvn't hrd enough     21     12     18     29     19     23     13     26
REFUSED               3      2      2      4      3      3      4      2
 
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jun 06  Mar 22  Sep 16  May 10  Feb 19
                     2012    2012    2011    2007    2007
 
Favorable            34      35      34      15      13
Unfavorable          42      43      28      23      19
Hvn't hrd enough     21      19      36      60      67
REFUSED               3       3       2       1       1
 
 
6. If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Linda McMahon the Republican and Chris Murphy the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
McMahon              43%    81%    15%    43%    48%    38%    35%    48%
Murphy               46     10     79     41     44     47     55     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      1      2      1      2      1      2
DK/NA                 9      6      5     14      7     12      9     10
 
TREND: If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Linda McMahon the Republican and Chris Murphy the Democrat, for whom would you vote? (* 2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     Jun 06  Mar 22  Sep 16
                     2012    2012    2011
 
McMahon              43      37      38
Murphy               46      52      49
SOMEONE ELSE(VOL)     -       -       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       1
DK/NA(VOL)            9       9      11
 
 
7. If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Linda McMahon the Republican and Susan Bysiewicz the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
McMahon              46%    83%    12%    51%    51%    42%    41%    50%
Bysiewicz            42     11     76     34     39     45     46     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      1      1      -      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2      3      2      2      2      2
DK/NA                 9      3     10     11      8     10      9      9
 
TREND: If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Linda McMahon the Republican and Susan Bysiewicz the Democrat, for whom would you vote? (* 2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     Jun 06  Mar 22  Sep 16
                     2012    2012    2011
 
McMahon              46      39      38
Bysiewicz            42      49      46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       -       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       3       3
DK/NA(VOL)            9       9      12
 
 
8. If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Shays the Republican and Chris Murphy the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Shays                37%    72%    10%    39%    43%    32%    38%    36%
Murphy               45     13     78     38     43     47     47     44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      -      1      1      -      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      5      1      3      2      3      3      3
DK/NA                15      9     10     19     11     18     13     16
 
TREND: If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Shays the Republican and Chris Murphy the Democrat, for whom would you vote? (* 2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     Jun 06  Mar 22  Sep 16
                     2012    2012    2011
 
Shays                37      40      37
Murphy               45      41      43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       -       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       2       2
DK/NA(VOL)           15      17      17
 
 
9. If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Shays the Republican and Susan Bysiewicz the Democrat, for whom would you vote?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Shays                44%    78%    19%    47%    46%    43%    46%    43%
Bysiewicz            40     13     68     33     40     40     36     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      1      1      -      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      1      5      3      4      5      3
DK/NA                11      5     11     14     10     13     13     11
 
TREND: If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Chris Shays the Republican and Susan Bysiewicz the Democrat, for whom would you vote? (* 2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     Jun 06  Mar 22  Sep 16
                     2012    2012    2011
 
Shays                44      43      42
Bysiewicz            40      42      40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       -       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       2       2
DK/NA(VOL)           11      13      16
 
 
10. Is your opinion of Linda McMahon favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            45%    77%    18%    48%    48%    43%    37%    50%
Unfavorable          38     15     61     34     37     39     48     31
Hvn't hrd enough     16      7     20     17     15     16     13     17
REFUSED               2      1      1      2      1      2      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Linda McMahon favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                             FAVORABLE....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 06  Mar 22  Sep 16  Aug 4   Jul 16  Jun 06  Nov 12
                     2012    2012    2011    2010    2010    2012    2009
 
Favorable            45      40      38      43      43      45      20
Unfavorable          38      44      45      37      37      38      13
Hvn't hrd enough     16      15      15      17      20      16      66
REFUSED               2       1       2       2       1       2       1
 
 
11. Is your opinion of Chris Shays favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            38%    48%    30%    40%    42%    35%    43%    35%
Unfavorable          16     17     16     14     18     14     16     16
Hvn't hrd enough     44     31     53     44     38     50     40     47
REFUSED               2      4      2      1      2      2      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Chris Shays favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jun 06  Mar 22  Sep 16
                     2012    2012    2011
 
Favorable            38      47      41
Unfavorable          16      13      14
Hvn't hrd enough     44      38      44
REFUSED               2       2       1
 
 
12. Is your opinion of Chris Murphy favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            37%    19%    55%    35%    34%    40%    43%    33%
Unfavorable          17     32      6     15     23     11     15     18
Hvn't hrd enough     46     48     39     50     43     48     42     48
REFUSED               1      1      -      -      -      1      1      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Chris Murphy favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jun 06  Mar 22  Sep 16
                     2012    2012    2011
 
Favorable            37      40      38
Unfavorable          17      15      16
Hvn't hrd enough     46      44      45
REFUSED               1       1       1
 
 
13. Is your opinion of Susan Bysiewicz favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            33%    17%    43%    34%    33%    32%    30%    34%
Unfavorable          27     44     13     27     30     24     30     25
Hvn't hrd enough     40     39     43     38     36     44     40     40
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Susan Bysiewicz favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Jun 06  Mar 22  Sep 16  Jan 21  Nov 10  Feb 10
                     2012    2012    2011    2010    2009    2009
 
Favorable            33      39      39      49      43      40
Unfavorable          27      27      27      14      11      12
Hvn't hrd enough     40      34      33      36      44      48
REFUSED               1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              44%    21%    65%    41%    45%    43%    51%    40%
Disapprove           47     68     28     49     49     45     41     50
DK/NA                 9     11      7     10      6     12      8     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                     Jun 06  Apr 25  Mar 21  Sep 15  Jun 15  Mar 09
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              44      37      44      41      38      35
Disapprove           47      44      45      48      44      40
DK/NA                 9      19      11      11      18      25
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              35%    18%    53%    33%    35%    36%    40%    32%
Disapprove           51     71     31     54     55     48     48     53
DK/NA                14     11     16     14     10     17     12     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 06  Apr 25  Mar 21  Sep 15  Jun 15  Jun 03  Sep 15
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2004    2011
 
Approve              35      32      35      27      33      48      27
Disapprove           51      49      50      57      50      33      57
DK/NA                14      20      15      16      17      19      16
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              50%    67%    37%    50%    52%    48%    48%    51%
Disapprove           39     26     52     38     40     39     43     37
DK/NA                11      7     12     11      9     13      9     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator? (*Low also 38% Dec 2008)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 06  Apr 25  Mar 22  Sep 16  Jun 15  Sep 21  Mar 09
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2000    2011*
 
Approve              50      45      51      51      41      80      38
Disapprove           39      41      38      40      45      14      45
DK/NA                11      13      11      10      14       6      17
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              61%    36%    78%    62%    58%    64%    62%    61%
Disapprove           25     45     13     24     30     21     25     26
DK/NA                14     19      9     14     12     15     14     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Jun 06  Apr 25  Mar 22  Sep 16  Jun 15  Mar 09
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              61      58      64      60      54      49
Disapprove           25      27      23      23      25      25
DK/NA                14      15      14      17      21      26
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              53%    13%    88%    48%    52%    53%    55%    51%
Disapprove           43     84     10     47     45     41     41     44
DK/NA                 4      3      3      5      3      5      4      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 71% Apr 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 06  Apr 25  Mar 22  Sep 16  Jun 15  May 27  Sep 16
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2009*   2011
 
Approve              53      49      53      48      53      71      48
Disapprove           43      47      43      48      44      22      48
DK/NA                 4       4       4       4       3       7       4
 
 
19. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Connecticut today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied        4%     2%     7%     2%     4%     3%     4%     3%
Smwht satisfied      37     20     55     34     37     38     43     34
Smwht dissatisfied   33     35     28     36     29     36     30     35
Very dissatisfied    26     43     10     28     29     23     23     28
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Connecticut today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 06  Apr 25  Sep 15  Jun 15  Mar 09  Oct 21  Sep 15
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    1998    2011
 
Very satisfied        4       2       2       4       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      37      37      27      30      29      62      27
Smwht dissatisfied   33      33      39      32      35      14      39
Very dissatisfied    26      27      32      35      33       3      32
DK/NA                 -       1       1       -       1       -       1
 
 
20. Do you think Linda McMahon has the right kind of experience to be a United States Senator from Connecticut or not?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  46%    73%    22%    48%    49%    43%    41%    49%
No                   45     20     68     42     45     45     51     41
DK/NA                10      7     11     11      7     12      8     11
 
TREND: Do you think Linda McMahon has the right kind of experience to be a United States Senator from Connecticut or not?
                     Jun 06  Jul 16  Jun 10  May 27  Jan 14  Nov 12
                     2012    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
 
Yes                  46      38      34      29      24      25
No                   45      49      52      52      43      34
DK/NA                10      13      15      19      33      41
 
 
21. Do you think Chris Shays has the right kind of experience to be a United States Senator from Connecticut or not?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  58%    65%    53%    60%    65%    51%    65%    53%
No                   18     18     17     17     20     16     13     21
DK/NA                25     17     29     23     15     33     22     26
 
 
22. Do you think Chris Murphy has the right kind of experience to be a United States Senator from Connecticut or not?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  50%    31%    68%    49%    50%    49%    54%    47%
No                   22     38     10     21     27     18     18     25
DK/NA                28     31     21     31     23     33     28     28
 
 
23. Do you think Susan Bysiewicz has the right kind of experience to be a United States Senator from Connecticut or not?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  37%    23%    45%    37%    38%    35%    37%    36%
No                   39     57     26     39     44     34     40     38
DK/NA                25     21     29     24     18     31     23     26
 
 
24. Which type of candidate would you prefer to see as a United States Senator; someone who has government experience in Washington or someone who is a Washington outsider?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
DC experience        35%    20%    54%    31%    33%    37%    39%    33%
DC outsider          54     73     33     59     59     50     47     59
DK/NA                11      7     13     10      9     12     14      8
 
 
25. Does Linda McMahon's experience as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment make you more likely to vote for her for United States Senator, less likely or doesn't it make a difference?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More likely          21%    41%     9%    20%    23%    19%    17%    23%
Less likely          38     15     61     33     35     41     45     33
No difference        39     42     28     46     41     38     36     41
DK/NA                 2      1      3      1      2      2      1      2
 
TREND: Does Linda McMahon's experience as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment make you more likely to vote for her for United States Senator, less likely or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Jun 06  Jun 10  Mar 17
                     2012    2010    2010
 
More likely          21      16      15
Less likely          38      36      33
No difference        39      44      49
DK/NA                 2       4       3
 
 
26. Does Chris Shays' experience as a Connecticut Congressman make you more likely to vote for him for United States Senator, less likely or doesn't it make a difference?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More likely          34%    33%    32%    39%    35%    34%    43%    29%
Less likely          16     21     14     15     19     14     13     18
No difference        46     43     50     44     44     48     42     49
DK/NA                 3      3      4      2      2      5      2      4
 
 
27. Does Chris Murphy's experience as a Connecticut Congressman make you more likely to vote for him for United States Senator, less likely or doesn't it make a difference?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More likely          34%    14%    51%    34%    33%    36%    42%    29%
Less likely          17     28      9     16     22     12     14     19
No difference        44     54     36     45     42     46     40     47
DK/NA                 4      5      4      5      3      6      4      5
 
 
28. Does Susan Bysiewicz's experience as Connecticut's Secretary of the State make you more likely to vote for her for United States Senator, less likely or doesn't it make a difference?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More likely          26%    10%    32%    30%    24%    27%    25%    27%
Less likely          22     33     13     22     24     20     20     22
No difference        49     54     52     46     50     49     52     47
DK/NA                 3      3      4      3      2      4      3      4
 
 
29. Thinking about the number of women who hold high level political office in the United States today, would you say that there should be more, should be fewer, or is the number about right?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More                 64%    50%    71%    67%    57%    70%    72%    60%
Fewer                 1      1      2      1      2      -      1      2
About right          23     32     21     19     29     17     17     26
DK/NA                12     17      6     13     12     12     10     13
 
 
30. If Linda McMahon is elected United States Senator she would be Connecticut's first woman U.S. Senator. Does this make you more likely to vote for her, less likely, or doesn't it make a difference?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More likely          14%    16%    11%    15%    12%    15%     8%    18%
Less likely          12      4     18     11      9     14     10     12
No difference        74     80     70     73     78     70     81     69
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      -      2      1      1
 
 
31. If Susan Bysiewicz is elected United States Senator she would be Connecticut's first woman U.S. Senator. Does this make you more likely to vote for her, less likely, or doesn't it make a difference?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More likely          16%     5%    23%    15%    10%    20%    13%    17%
Less likely           8     13      5      9      8      9      6     10
No difference        75     82     70     75     81     70     80     72
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      -      1      1      1
 
 
32. Do you think the news media is tougher on female candidates than on male candidates, tougher on male candidates than on female candidates, or do you think the news media treats them about the same?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Tougher on females   35%    37%    32%    36%    28%    42%    37%    34%
Tougher on males      6      7      7      4      8      5      4      8
About the same       53     50     56     54     58     48     54     52
DK/NA                 6      6      5      5      6      6      5      6
 
 
33. Do you think the news media is tougher on Linda McMahon than on the other Senate candidates, tougher on the other Senate candidates than on Linda McMahon, or do you think the news media treats them about the same?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Tougher on McMahon   37%    53%    24%    37%    41%    33%    35%    38%
Tougher other cands   2      2      3      -      2      1      2      1
About the same       54     38     66     56     52     57     55     54
DK/NA                 7      7      7      7      5      9      8      7
 
 
34. Some people in the news media have described the World Wrestling Entertainment product as being pornographic. Do you agree or disagree, or don't you have an opinion?
                                                               COLLEGE DEGREE
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Agree                10%     1%    16%     9%     9%    10%    11%     9%
Disagree             56     60     49     57     66     47     56     55
No opinion           33     37     33     32     25     40     31     34
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      1      2      2      2
 
 
 

Demographic Summary