Two new polls show Malloy leading Foley in governor’s race

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy got lift Wednesday as two new polls showed him leading Republican Tom Foley by 8 and 10 percentage points, respectively.

These new results come after two previous polls said the race was essentially a dead heat, with Malloy’s small lead falling close to the margin of error.

The latest figures come from Public Policy Polling, which shows Malloy ahead 50 percent to 40 percent, and CNN/Time, which gives him a 50 percent to 42 percent lead.

The new polls come a day after a survey by the Merriman River Group, commissioned by CT Capitol Report, found race was too close to call, with Malloy’s 2.6 percentage point lead over Foley just a fraction above the poll’s 2.5 percent margin of error.

All three surveys were conducted about the same time–PPP from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, Merriman on Oct. 3, and CNN/Time from Oct. 1 to Oct. 5. All three questioned likely voters on both the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races.

The surveys all gave Democrat Richard Blumenthal a comfortable lead over Republican Linda McMahon in their Senate race: 8 points according to Merriman, 12 points from PPP and 13 points from CNN/Time.

The number of likely voters surveyed and margins of error were PPP: 810, +/- 3.4 percentage points; CNN/Time: 773, +/- 3.5 percentage points; and Merriman: 1,583, +/- 2.5 percentage points.