New poll: CT governor’s race a tie as support drops for all candidates

A new poll released Monday has the race for governor between Democrat Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley tied at 40% each.

The CBS News/New York Times/YouGov poll involved likely voters from Oct. 16 to 23, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 points.

The CBS/NYT/YouGov poll is part of a Battleground Tracker system that uses online interviews rather than phone interviews.

It the second consecutive poll to show a dead-heat between the candidates — a Quinnipiac University poll released late last week put the race at 43%-43%.

It's unclear if support for the two major party candidates might be dropping to the barrage of negative ads by both sides as well as outside political groups.

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The CBS/NYT/YouGov found 17% of Connecticut voters still undecided, with Election Day approaching on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The independent Joe Visconti factor

The CBS/NYT/YouGov poll put petitioning candidate Joe Visconti at 3%, while the Quinnipiac poll had him at a much more substantial 9%. Visconti is a Republican running as an independent.

Malloy, a former Stamford mayor, defeated Foley, a businessman from Greenwich, by an extremely slim margin in 2010 to win election to a first term.

Most polls have show this year’s race to be close as well. Foley easily won an August primary to win this year’s Republican nomination while Malloy was renominated by Democrats without opposition.

— as edited by Brad Durrell for the Shelton Herald