Survey: McMahon Leads GOP Primary, Dems Still Win

A Quinnipiac poll breaks down the U.S. Senate race and Republican presidential primary.

A poll shows Linda McMahon leads former U.S. Rep Christopher Shays by a 51-42 margin, but falters against Democrats compared to her opponent.

In the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy, D-5, leads with 37 of the vote, followed by former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz with 25 percent and State Rep. William Tong with 4 percent.

Polling results for possible November matchups:

  • Murphy tops McMahon 52 – 37 percent;
  • Murphy gets 41 percent to Shays’ 40 percent;
  • Bysiewicz beats McMahon 49 – 39 percent;
  • Shays gets 43 percent to Bysiewicz’ 42 percent;
  • McMahon leads Tong 43 – 39 percent;
  • Shays tops Tong 50 – 25 percent.

“Congressman Christopher Shays has narrowed the gap with Linda McMahon from 15 points to 9 points.  The question is whether he can catch up by primary day, August 14,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz. “In general election matchups, Shays runs neck and neck with either Congressman Christopher Murphy or Susan Bysiewicz, while McMahon trails both of them by double digits."

The candidates are seeking the soon-to-be vacated seat of Joseph Lieberman. Voters approve 51–38 percent of the job he is doing and approve 64–23 percent of Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

Presidential Primary

The GOP presidential primary is and the Quinnipiac poll shows Mitt Romney ahead by a large margin.

  • 42 percent for Romney
  • 19 percent for Rick Santorum
  • 13 percent for Next Ginrich
  • 9 percent for Ron Paul

Incumbent Barack Obama is polling ahead of Romney 53-37 percent.

Al Simon March 27, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I have never seen a more oppressed group than the poor besotten conservatives. Freeloaders everywhere! And only because the LibDemCommies are running the show, except of course when they are not, which has been most of the past generation. Where we are today is because of the failed generation-long application of conservative ideas. What? 49% dont pay Fed income taxes! dont mention the payroll taxes they pay. "Never in the history of our country have there been more government programs to “help the poor” says Malvi, but where are the facts for this. Government programs ameliorate poverty, they dont eliminate it. Government policies implemented by politicians working for the 1% have increased income inequality and poverty. And then there's poor Bill Clinton. What do most American's thinking well of him? Couldn't be the good economy of the 90's when all income segments did better, could it?
Al Simon March 27, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Why do most Americans think well of him?
Sharon Gauthier RN/MSN-iRNPA March 27, 2012 at 01:19 PM
because he was a good president and a lousy husband, the world is full of them
Sharon Gauthier RN/MSN-iRNPA March 27, 2012 at 01:20 PM
lousy husbands that is
Malvi Lennon March 27, 2012 at 02:33 PM
According to Robert Rector, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation spending on income-based programs, such as food stamps, has increased. There are 70 such programs. "He is massively expanding spending on welfare-related programs," Rector said. "Food stamps are a symbol of that growth." While some people have come to rely on government programs for their very survival through no fault of their own - there is a segment of the population, which is the "generational welfare recipient". These folks have never held a job and neither do they intend to get a job. Liberal left wing politicians relay on them for a guaranteed voting bloc. The more liberals grow the pool the more guaranteed votes. The people trapped in the system are not bad; they are just ignorant. A component of the generational welfare tragedy is that the children born into the family are kept uneducated in our failed school systems. Hence, they do not grasp that the way out of the ghetto is a job, and an education. Liberals have indoctrinated them to believe they are victims of the affluent. Therefore, the children are predestined to live and die on the government’s plantation. I do not deny that there is unfairness and prejudice in the world. I do not deny that there are corrupt politicians on both sides of the aisle. Moreover, that many of our elected officials care only about the party and his/her re-election.
Malvi Lennon March 27, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Nevertheless the greatest unfairness perpetrated on the poor, blacks, hispanics, etc. is the enslavement that results from living on the government’s dole. PS: I liked Clinton. Unlike Obama Clinton helped people be self sufficent when he implemented Welfare Reform.
Bob B March 27, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Sharon, in a post above you wrote, "I'm not sure I want someone in government who has exploited women in her company of wrestling." Two individuals have been discussed in this thread who you evidently feel have exploited women. You are complimentary of one, yet you would not want to be represented by the other. The fact that you are selectively outraged by the exploitation of women demonstrates that the outrage is not based on values or principles, it is simply partisan. Unless you think that wrestling is worse than actual abuse by an authority figure, any reasonable person could only conclude that you are being intellectually dishonest in your attacks of Ms. McMahon.
Bob B March 27, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Government programs, while they may be well intentioned, do tend to perpetuate poverty. One of our problems is that few in government positions could pass Economics 101. http://reason.com/archives/2011/06/02/government-against-blacks
Al Simon March 27, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Oy. Why are there more people on food stamps? Because the qualify! The Bush Great Recession made lots more people qualify because their incomes went down. The parameters of the program were not expanded by Obama. Now THAT's a lie. Being an "entitlement" the program spends more or less based on who qualifies, which is a function of how the economy is doing. Malvi, your "enslavement" analogy is repulsive. Your reference to the "ghetto" makes plain your view that black people are the "ignorant" poor, when factually, most poor people are white. Santorum got tripped up the same way. Oh, and as far as guaranteed votes go, any political pro can tell you that voter turnout of the poor is very low. The Liberal Left must be pretty stupid to depend on a low-turnout voted to get elected.
Andrew Ziemba March 27, 2012 at 03:27 PM
@al simon Anyone who votes Republican (excluding Ron Paul) or Democrat is contributing to the two party system which continues to destroy America. If something is moving tax it, if it keeps moving tax it more, if it stops moving subsidize it... That is how our government thinks. The government has no place AT ALL in subsidizing anyone. It is Democrats AND Republicans both (again to the exception of Ron Paul.) Are you honestly claiming that government subsidization actually lowers poverty levels in America? Bill Clinton was a piece of garbage who passed several unconstitutional laws. It's best to not even get into why he was such a horrible president because Democrats will deny everything I say and Republicans will support everything I say. (funny how that works isnt it?)
Andrew Ziemba March 27, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Obama has increased the national debt more than any president. Foodstamps have increased on his watch more than any other president. He has committed genocide in the middle east, without authority of congress. He has privatized much of the war overseas so that it looks better on paper to the average American. Obama has passed countless unconstitutional laws - and not just tidly wink ones, we are talking serious stuff here... Have you even read any of the things he has passed? Who in their right mind supports that sort of stuff? He has crowned himself Dictator of America proudly. Santorum is a religous nutjob who wants to extend the crusade in the middle east. Romney is a wealthy moderate who can not be trusted and will only function as a paid puppet in office to work for the highest bidder. Gingrich is a total scumbag career politician of the worst kind who would kill his wife for a nickel. Obama is funded by Goldman Sachs and the biggest corporations in the world. He works for those who fund him just as Bush did. He was elected to end the wars and he has expanded them... To bring transparency but he masks himself in secrecy. To free the people, but he has enslaved them in debt that results in massive inflation, wiping out the elderly and the poor. Ron Paul is a man of the people, a veteran, a freedom fighter, a rebel to the system, a champion of liberty and rights for all, black, white, man, woman, poor, rich. Nazi Germany. When history repeats itself do you notice?
Malvi Lennon March 27, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I suggest you read The State against Blacks (by the way the author is black). you went to elementary school when kids were actually taught how to read I assume you can. As to "Oh, and as far as guaranteed votes go, any political pro can tell you that voter turnout of the poor is very low. The Liberal Left must be pretty stupid to depend on a low-turnout voted to get elected" asked Malloy he should know or better yet ask Leo how the union does it..
Malvi Lennon March 27, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Republican President George Bush (backed by the GOP Congress) expanded food stamp eligibility with the 2002 farm bill and increased by 10.9 million those getting food stamps. As a result and thanks to the recession in 2008, food stamp participation rose by 10.9 million across the Bush Presidency. However, Obama is now outstripping that dubious achievement, and in only three years rather than eight. Some 11.2 million more people have joined the rolls from 2009 through 2011, including 4.4 million last year during what was an economic recovery. Admit it Al both political parties are happy to use our money to buy votes from their supporters but the liberal is better at it
Bob B March 27, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I know you guys still want to run against Bush, but he can't take all the blame for the recession. (He should certainly take some of the blame as he was not a fiscally conservative leader.) A major contributing factor, along with the weak dollar, was the bursting of the (Barney Frank) housing bubble. The housing bubble was in part created by the Community Reinvestment Act which served to artificially increase home ownership (increase demand). Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who controlled the vast majority of the secondary housing market, are Government Sponsored Enterprises. In this case, the government (tax payers) took on the risks (losses), but shareholders reaped the potential rewards. Consequently, Fannie and Freddie were willing to take more risks (risky lending fueled increased demand). The Bush administration tried to reign in Fannie and Freddie but was rebuffed by the Democrats (Barney Frank) who felt that Bush was trying to make housing less accessible to the "less fortunate". The weak dollar and the Fed's manipulation of interest rates to artificially low levels further increased demand for home ownership. With demand artificially and unsustainably high, a bursting of the bubble was inevitable. It is easy to blame Bush for his role, and i understand the political motivation for doing so, but the recession involved other factors which had Federal Reserve and Democrat fingerprints all over them.
Spiff March 27, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Al, I'm sure you're familiar with business and economic cycles, right? They go up and down, and Presidents have very little if any direct control over them. However, that said, Presidents do set the tone with business friendly policies, tax rates, etc. Every economist worth a grain of salt will tell you that the President who had the greatest impact on the economic successes we experienced during the 90s was Ronald Reagan. It was the policies and programs put in place during his administration in the 80s that had more to do with our economic successes in the 90s than anything Clinton did. The huge majority of people don't understand these things, however.
Andrew Ziemba March 27, 2012 at 06:18 PM
@ Bob B sadly most people don't look at facts, they just blame their opposing political party blindly. When Obama makes a bad problem a worse problem, he should not be cheered on by Democrats. The thing Democrats so quickly ignore is that Obama has CONTINUED and EXPANDED ALMOST everything that Bush started! Where is the outrage?
Amy Geigner April 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Ron Paul 2012
Andrew Ziemba April 24, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Ron Paul 2012!
Paul Improta April 25, 2012 at 09:33 PM
John Bolton (Yeah, Right!), Republicans in the House since 2010 have passed a lot of menaingful legislation, but the Democrat-controlled Senate might ought to have stayed home because they have accomplished nothing, refusing to even pass a budget for now more than three years, and promising not to even take up a bill until after the elections. As far as job creation in CT? I only can laugh because to think about it only makes me want to go ballistic at how ignorant the moocher class is in this state. Malloy's accomplishments: Acroos the board tax increases, including the first-ever "Millionaires" tax in CT which reaches down to the thousandaires and small business owners. Gay Marriage (Now that was a priority!), Paid Sick Leave for employees of firms with 50 or more employees. After every 40 hours worked, an employee is entitled to 1 paid sick day. In other words, a paid day off for every week worked, to call in sick and go fishing, golf, picnic, etc. Passed the DREAM Act so that those illegal aliens who stole 12 years of schooling from the local municipality, can then get a discount at state colleges. Unionization of Private Home Healthcare Workers, companion services, homemaker service workers, etc. Now each homemaker or visting nurse is required by state law to join a union. Failure to do so results in a fine equal to the dues. Now Grandma, who is paying with Medicaid, will have even less money to pay for her pills. No wonder young adults and seniors are fleeing CT!
Paul Improta April 25, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Bob B is exactly right. Bolton isn't gonna vote for Romney. End of story. And, that is the problem with RINOs like Shays. He'll lose to Murphy by a few percentage points because Dems vote for Dems, moderates (unaffiliateds) vote against candidates, not for candidates, and Republicans remembering Shays/Meehan, and the spending spree of the RINOs up to 2006 will stay home if Shays is running. McMahon might lose, but at least we can say we voted for someone who wasn't a polished politician, who came from nothing to run a successful company, a company with nothing else comparable in the marketplace, and di it on her own with no government bail out. What will happen is that, like Simmons, Shays will lose the convention, he will then primary and lose that, McMahon will win the primary again, and she might have a good chance of beating Murphy. He's no Blumenthal, he's a congressman with no legislative accomplishment, a backbencher who is only known for doing what Nancy Pelosi says.
Paul Improta April 25, 2012 at 09:53 PM
If the women were exploited, and I would argue otherwise, did not the women exploit themselves? Let's get real, No one indentured these women. They chose their career and no one kept them there. They were free to go. In other words, they were not exploited. Signed Paul K. Improta, AAI, LUTCF, CIC, AMIM, Human Being
Ron White May 04, 2012 at 01:12 PM
As an X Republican I support socially progressive AND fiscal Responsibility. I support like minded Democratic candidates with my wallet as well as my voice. The Republican party is anti freedom. except for guns.
Mary Keller May 05, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Questions for Linda McMahon...Did the government pay for your pregnancies and hospital stays or did bankrupcy take care of those bills along with your and your husbands student loans? Republicans are against Medicaid and want to cut all help to the poor including food stamps. What is your stand on these issues as you once took advantage of these and other types of help from the government?
meowkats4 May 06, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Many programs were set-up temporarily for those that hit on hard times. Food-Stamps helped women with children that their husbands became ill. The Programs today are starting to become generational, meaning grandma, and your mother were on food-stamps and welfare so should you. Many have abused these programs and stay on them for years and years. They were sent up to be temporary!! It's getting worse now a days!
roe uzarski May 06, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I do agree limitations should be set on these programs but I'd like specifics from the Republican candidates as to what they plan on doing other than very vague comments regarding their position. Vague comments give me no information at all about as to how they plan to cut or eliminate these programs.
Committee to Elect May 23, 2012 at 04:07 AM
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Malvi Lennon May 23, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Despite Mary Keller’s blanket charge that "Republicans are against Medicaid and want to cut all help to the poor including food stamps" I do not subscribe to this opinion. Of course, unlike Mary I can only speak for one Republican, myself. There are extremists in both parties. On the other hand I think most reasonable people would agree that welfare, Medicaid, and food stamps as a generational way of life has not helped the poor, in fact what we have accomplished is to enslave people and condemn them to a life sentence in poverty confinement. The unemployed need a job – and the working poor need better paying jobs. All people need more opportunity. Children need better education, and the young need training to enter adult life ready to join the workforce. Unfortunately, the majority of the people who follow politics are “party” followers entrenched in demonizing the other side, so few are looking for workable solutions.
Andrew Ziemba May 23, 2012 at 02:29 PM
If protecting free speech means that I don't discriminate against anyone, including the black panthers or the KKK, then I am a racist. If I believe in a zero percent federal income tax, then I am a nutjob who will die because I need government to take care of me. If I believe medicare and social security are ponzi schemes, then I am a cruel and evil person who hates the elderly. If I believe the public education system is a disaster, then I guess I am opposed to kids having a good education. I guess if I believe in an immediate end to all welfare programs like food stamps, then I hate the poor and want them to starve. I guess if I believe in a non fiat dollar...backed by gold and silver, then I am a kook. If I am called all of these things by the sheeple, then at least I have principles, a spine, and stand up for what I believe NO MATTER WHAT instead of all of those who let the media vote for them.
Paul Improta May 23, 2012 at 02:37 PM
A static poll is very misleading in advance of a campaign. Murphy served in one of five U.S. Congressional Districts in the state of CT. Shays served in one of five U.S. Congressional Districts in the state of CT. That means only one in five people can put a name to a face, let alone know what they stand for. McMahon ran a recent statewide campaign, a very heavily promoted campaign at that. That means everyone can put a name to a face - of course the known candidate will have higher negatives over the unknowns. The Dems want Shays to run, because he is more easily beaten. Once it comes out that he co-sponsored Shays-Meehan, the counterpart to McCain Feingold - a Bill which the SCOTUS commented squelched free speech, and parts of which were found unconstitutional, the Shays voted to expand Medicare with Medicare Part D, the largest entitlement expansion since the implementation of Medicare - an entitlement plan which is quickly headed into red ink, and which gave Murphy his seat over Nancy Johnson, the author of the law. Once voters are reminded that Shays voted for Cap-and-trade, that he voted for Card-Check, that he favored HillaryCare, the tarnish will begin to take away his shine. And, don't worry about Murphy skating, Byseiwicz will make sure his luster will be dulled before August.


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