In the first public poll of the Connecticut governor’s race since the GOP primary, Republican Tom Foley led Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, 45 percent to 38 percent, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday.

The telephone survey of 750 likely voters was conducted Aug. 18 and 19. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. A poll by Vox on July 31 had Malloy up by one, while a YouGov internet survey three days earlier had Foley with a 9-point lead.

Compare the polls
Malloy vs. Foley
Poll Date Malloy Foley Difference
Rasmussen 21-Aug-14 38 45 Foley +7
Vox 31-Jul-14 35 34 Malloy +1
YouGov 28-Jul-14 33 42 Foley +9
Quinnipiac 9-May-14 43 43 tie
Quinnipiac 4-Mar-14 42 42 tie
Quinnipiac 19-Jun-13 40 43 Foley +3

In the Rasmussen Report, seven percent preferred another candidate and 10 percent were undecided. The only other candidate now on ballot is Joe Visconti, a Republican petitioning candidate. An application by Jonathan Pelto, a Democratic petitioning candidate, is pending. Qualifying requires the signature of 7,500 registered voters.

Pulse Opinion Research conducts the poll for Rasmussen, which releases only summaries of its research  to non-subscribers.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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