Poll says Republicans have thin leads in 4th and 5th districts

A new poll gives Republican challengers slight leads in the 4th and 5th Congressional districts, but the differences between the candidates are well within the margin of error.

A survey that Merriman River Group conducted for CT Capitol Report has state Sen. Dan Debicella leading Rep. Jim Himes by 1.9 percentage points in the 4th, 48 percent to 46.1 percent. In the 5th, the poll puts state Sen. Sam Caligiuri ahead of Rep. Chris Murphy 46.9 percent to 45.5 percent, a difference of 1.4 points.

The survey of 571 likely voters in the 4th Congressional District has a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points, Merriman said. In the 5th, 595 likely voters were polled and the margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points.

The automated telephone survey was conducted Oct. 24 to 26.