A new poll shows Democrat Chris Murphy now has a 9-point lead over his Republican rival Linda McMahon, according to latest report by Public Policy Polling.
The group says its latest poll shows Murphy, a Cheshire resident, leading McMahon 52-43.
“In Connecticut our final poll finds Chris Murphy with his largest lead all year at 9 points,” the group says on its website. “He's increased his advantage by 5 points since two weeks ago when he was ahead just 48-44. Linda McMahon, already unpopular, has just become more disliked by voters in the state over the last couple weeks. Only 37% have a favorable opinion of her to 52% with an unfavorable one. For a Republican to win in Connecticut requires their party to be strongly unified around them. But McMahon is losing 19% of the GOP vote to Murphy, a good deal more than the 14% of Democrats she's picking up. McMahon is also performing terribly with women, trailing Murphy 55-39 with them.”
McMahon calls the poll results a "desperate stunt" intended to discourage her supporters, according to the blog Capitol Watch. A McMahon spokesman said Public Policy Polling is "nothing more than a front for the Democrats, and this is a sad stunt. Our supporters won’t be deterred by the Democrats’ desperation," the blog says.