Bysiewicz releases memo summarizing her first poll

Hours after announcing she was in the race for U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman’s seat, former Secretary of the State released an upbeat memo on her chances from her pollster, Jill Normington of Bennett, Petts & Normington.

Here is the memo in its entirety:

The following is a summary of findings from a telephone survey conducted among 700 registered voters in Connecticut. This includes a sample of 400 registered voters who are likely to vote in the general election in November 2012 and 433 registered voters who are likely to vote in the Democratic primary election in August 2012. Interviews were conducted December 13-16, 2010. The sampling error for both surveys is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.


Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz is in a strong position to become the next U.S. Senator from Connecticut. She boasts a strong statewide job rating as Secretary of the State (58%-24%). Moreover, Bysiewicz leads in both the general election and a Democratic primary.

She leads a general election match-up against U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman and Republican Linda McMahon (34%-30%-28%, respectively). She also leads if the Republican nominee is Tom Foley (33%-29%-27%). In a head-to-head race against Linda McMahon, Bysiewicz leads 54% to 36%.

Bysiewicz is also well positioned to win potential Democratic primary. Not only is her job rating as Secretary of the State especially strong at 74% to 15%, but she leads a three-way Democratic primary against Congressman Chris Murphy and Ted Kennedy, Jr. (33%-26%-26%, respectively). She also leads in a head-to-head against Murphy, 46% to 37%.