Rasmussen has Foley up by seven points

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.