Overlapping polls of likely Connecticut voters found U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a two-term Democrat, with double-digit leads over his Republican challenger, Leora Levy.
Blumenthal had a 13-point lead in a Western New England University poll released Wednesday, compared to the 17-point advantage found in a Quinnipiac University poll released last week.
The dynamics were similar in both polls, with women favoring Blumenthal by a large margin and men split. Levy and Blumenthal differ on abortion, with the senator supporting reproductive rights and the challenger opposed.
Western New England University, commissioned by the Hearst Connecticut newspapers and WFSB-TV, and Quinnipiac each went into the field with live telephone surveys on Sept. 15. Quinnipiac finished on the 19th; WNEU on the 21st.
The Hearst/WFSB poll had Blumenthal leading, 53% to 40%. He was favored 62% to 32% by women and trailed 44% to 47% among men.
The poll of 626 likely voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.8 percentage points. Quinnipiac’s sample was three times larger and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 points.
Blumenthal’s favorability score was mediocre in the Hearst/WFSB poll. The favorable/unfavorable split was 46% to 42%.
Levy, a Republican National Committee member and long-time party fundraiser, was not recognized by 36% of likely voters and 21% had no opinion of her. Among those who did, 18% were favorable and 23% unfavorable.
Levy won a Republican primary in August after an endorsement by former President Donald J. Trump.
Her fundraising has badly lagged Blumenthal’s, limiting her ability to compete on television advertising.