Patch's Poll: Bysiewicz, McMahon, Murphy or Shays?

Two of the U.S. Senate hopefuls are in a statistical tie in Connecticut's 2012 U.S. Senate race.


The Democratic and Republican candidates in the 2012 U.S. Senate race in Connecticut so far have solid leads against their primary opponents, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday, June 6.

U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, the Democratic frontrunner, leads former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz 50-20 percent. Meanwhile, former WWE wrestling executive Linda McMahon leads her Republican opponent, former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, 59-30 percent.

But, what’s even more notable in the latest poll, is the shrinking gap between Murphy and McMahon. Murphy’s lead is just 46 percent versus McMahon’s 43 percent among voters in the November election. This is a statistical tie, said QU Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.

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

Which of the four main candidates do you support for this upcoming Senate election? Which would you likely vote for in November? Take our poll and add your thoughts to our comments.

socrates June 10, 2012 at 02:13 PM
The support for Murphy proves just how stupid this state is.
joe_m June 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Come on Socrates, the Dems have done so much for, um, "to" the state and it's taxpayers. That is why it's time to leave this state. Let the Dems stew in their own juice when all the taxpayers have left. You can't fight "stupid".
MAC June 13, 2012 at 06:32 PM
NO to sending more "career politicians" to Washington!! That leaves McMahon as the only sensible choice to represent CT in the senate. She does come from the real world--having experienced personal bankruptcy and working hard to build a business and succeed in the free market. She is savvy, has common sense, and will help our nation get back on the road to prosperity again!
Sean M June 13, 2012 at 09:53 PM
McMahon does not have a clue. She is a very nice person, but unqualified for US Senate. She does not understand the issues nor will she be part of the solution. She went to a Tea Party rally in 2010 and two days later bashed the group in a debate. She does not answer tough questions, as I have seen.
MAC June 13, 2012 at 11:39 PM
You and I may have to agree to disagree, Sean, because I would never support (over a person from the free market sector) a "career politician," especially one like Shays, who after his loss in 2008 blamed "social conservatives" for HIS poor showing at the polls! As to Linda not answering tough questions, I guess the proof will be in the pudding after the debates tomorrow night at UConn and Monday the 18th at the NBC Connecticut studio. Also, I deplore Shay's reprehensible tactics like the desperate and false smears against McMahon and people like the Bridgeport RTC chair.
socrates June 14, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Sean Murphy doesn't answer ANY questions. He controls every detail of so-called "Town Hall" meetings. He dodges every single question I've tried to ask. He is an Obama sock puppet and we absolutely do NOT need another one in the Senate.
Sean M June 14, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Socrates Chris Murphy is a slimy left wing politician. I have gone against him on more than one occasion, including a nice video on You Tube. No Democrat in the race is acceptable.
Sean M June 14, 2012 at 02:00 PM
McMahon is not acceptable. Shays has a lot of problems. Too liberal on a host of issues. However, he has a track record of working for Social Security reform (private accounts) and took a lot of heat for it. He was behind the Contract with America. He tells you to your face what he thinks and does not waver. He will work to balance the budget within his first term. The Republicans in DC will not commit to this. He supports reciprocity for gun permits. We sent a conservative majority to the House and nothing got done. We need someone with a backbone and willing to buck the lazy GOP politicians. McMahon is an unknown. I have no idea where she really stands on a host of issues. Shays I can talk to. He is consistent. Shays brings three things that we need (and a bunch we do not). 1. He knows the mess and how to navigate it. 2. He supports meaningful reform economically. 3. He understands the judge situation. McMahon does not understand the issues and I believe is a liberal in Republican clothing. Shays is transparent and you know what you get.
Anne Cushman Schwaikert July 30, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Chris has a great record in Congress seeking bipartisan support (on the rare occasions when congressional Republicans, worse, the ideologues from the Tea Party, make that possible. I knew him long before his first congressional campaign and he's really a person of the people. Linda, on the other hand, touts her "business" experience as qualifying her for the Senate. Her business is the promotion of a pseudo sport -- admittedly popular, God knows why -- that objectifies women, gives tacet approval to the use of steroids and other 'performance enhancing' preparations and, worst of all, provides no benefits to the so-called athletes who provide her company's income. I'm sorry, someone who operates "business" as she does is not someone I want representing me in the US Senate.
Sean M July 31, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Chris Shays' situation is he is not a political person. He will work with anyone on an issue that he agrees with them on. He is not blindly loyal to the party. That is both good and bad. I find him to be an intellectually honest man. As for the WWE, it is a show. I have been a fan since childhood. They got wild for a while in the 90s and early 2000s. They cleaned it up when they realized they needed to. I do not agree that WWE objectifies women. Society likes hot and sexy women. That is true for nightly news, sports broadcasting, the weather, and the like. The steroid issue has long been resolved. They have suspended their top stars repeatedly for violating their wellness policy. They have helped former and current wrestlers into rehabilitation, including wrestlers that never worked for the company. They bought WCW and ECW and still help people who wrestled there before they were purchased. I am no fan of McMahon, but she and her husband Vince created a billion $ industry. I have been to numerous wrestler signings and know promoters. Wrestlers sit with the fans, especially the kids and treat them well. Kids look up to these people and the wrestlers take their role very seriously. They are nothing like people in music and movies who cannot be bothered to hang out with the fans.
Sean M July 31, 2012 at 02:04 PM
socrates I agree on Chris Murphy, no relation. He should not be in the US Senate. However, we vote for people. McMahon is not okay in my book. Shays is acceptable.
Sean M July 31, 2012 at 02:06 PM
MAC, Shays was out of line on John Slater. John is a personal friend and I was quite bothered about that. I do not agree with everything Chris does or stands for. I feel he is the better of the two Republican candidates. He is leaps and bounds better than any of the Democrats.


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