Former Ambassador Tom Foley leads the large Republican field running for governor and is essentially tied with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.
In a hypothetical head-to-head match, Foley and Malloy each received 42 percent of the vote, the poll found.
\”Haven\’t we seen this movie before? A potential rematch of Gov. Dannel Malloy vs Tom Foley couldn\’t get any closer,\” said Q poll Director Douglas Schwartz said in a press release accompanying the results.
Foley, the GOP\’s 2010 nominee, captures 36 percent of the Republican vote, the poll found. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is next, with 11 percent. No other Republican candidate tops 6 percent. But there is room for movement: the poll found about a third of the Republican electorate remains undecided.
Malloy, who is nearing the end of his first term, has yet to formally announce whether he will seek reelection in November. But most observers expect he will run.
Voters are sharply divided on his performance as governor: 48 percent approve of the job he is doing while 45 percent disapprove, according to the poll.
In a head to head match up between Foley and Malloy, the poll found that once again, there is a significant gender gap, with women backing the Democrat, 45 to 37 percent, while men chose Foley, 48 to 37 percent.
The Malloy administration\’s response to Tuesday\’s poll numbers is the same as it been regarding previous polls.
“We have tried to be consistent in not saying much about polls because, what’s there to say?,\’\’ Malloy spokesman Andrew Doba said. \”Polls come and go, numbers go up and down. The Governor always does what he thinks is best for the state and the right thing to do.”
Perhaps most troubling for Malloy is the lead Foley holds among unaffiliated voters. As who they would vote for if the election were today, 45 percent of unaffiliated voters said they would chose Foley, compared with 33 percent for Malloy.
The poll of 1,878 registered voters was conducted from Feb. 26 to March 2. It has a overall margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points, though the portion relating to the Republican field has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
It is the first time Quinnipiac has conducted a poll on the Connecticut governor\’s race since June, 2013.