HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Just 12 full days until the election and the latest state-wide poll shows the race for governor is still a dead heat, but it now appears the race is trending Governor Malloy’s way.
The latest Quinnipiac University Poll shows Malloy at 43-percent and his principle opponent Republican Tom Foley at 42-percent, still statistically tied, but Malloy is trending up and Foley is trending down.
“Although it’s not a big change, his numbers are inching up a bit,” said Dr. Doug Schwartz, the director of the poll. “For Foley there’s a real change, especially among Independents he’s losing support.”
Independents are voters that Foley desperately needs as they make up the largest voting block in the state.
“Foley’s lead among Independents has dwindled now down to two points, previously he did have a double-digit lead among Independents,” said Schwartz.
But a big problem for both candidates is that many voters don’t seem to like either one of them. For Foley the problem may be larger because his unfavorable numbers continue to rise.
“His favorability rating continues to tumble. For the first time more voters now have a negative view of Foley than a positive view,” said Schwartz. “The good news for Foley is that Malloy’s favorable ratings are slightly worse.”
The biggest gap among those that participated in the poll is among women voters, and Quinnipiac says it appears to be the biggest voter gender gap in the nation.
“It’s really a big gap; you’ve got Malloy winning among women by 19 points and Foley winning among men by a similar 19 points,” said Schwartz.
“I’ve been saying ever since early September that this is a dead heat and I believe it is, and that’s the way we’re treating the race,” said said Tom Foley, R-for Governor. “We’re working hard and looking forward to winning on November 4th.”
“I’m ready for this election and feel very good about where we are and how we’re positioned,” said Governor Malloy. “We’re ready to go, happy to have the election as soon as it comes.”
With word that the President has rescheduled his rally for Malloy to Sunday, November 2nd, Democrats feel that will stimulate the voter turn-out big time in the crucial cities of Bridgeport and New Haven.
“I think that’s a wonderful day, very happy with that,” said Governor Malloy.
We asked if he thinks it will bring out a lot of voters.
“I think it helps bring, reminds people to vote two days later,” said Malloy.
“Always think its good for Connecticut when the President of the United States comes here, but I don’t think it’s going to change the outcome of this race,” said Foley. “This race is about how people feel Connecticut is faring under Governor Malloy and whether or not they think they want a change in direction.”