FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. - Next year could see a rematch between Gov. Dannel Malloy and Tom Foley. And in a recent poll by Quinnipiac University, Foley has an advantage.
According to the poll, Malloy would receive 40 percent of the vote while Foley would get 43 percent. The poll also found that voters have a split 46 percent vs. 44 percent favorable/unfavorable opinion of Malloy, a split 47 percent vs. 47 percent job approval rating, and 44 percent of voters say Malloy deserves to be re-elected, while 46 percent say he does not.
"Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy gets a lukewarm job approval rating with as many approving as disapproving," said Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac University poll. "Since he has been governor, he has struggled with tepid job approval ratings, never rising above 50 percent. So it is not surprising that in our first poll on the 2014 gubernatorial election, 'Mid-40s Malloy' runs neck and neck with his 2010 opponent, Tom Foley. Foley gave him a run for his money in 2010, losing by less than 1 percentage point."
However, the poll has Malloy up over other possible challengers in the 2014 election. The poll sees Malloy up 44 percent to 37 percent over state Sen. John McKinney of Fairfield, 43 percent to 36 percent to Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and 44 percent to 37 percent over state Rep. Larry Cafero of Norwalk.
"On the plus side for Malloy, Connecticut voters say 57 percent to 38 percent he has strong leadership qualities, no doubt due to his response to various crises in the state from Hurricane Sandy to the Newtown shootings," Schwartz said.