Poll director: ‘Voters’ views of Malloy are stable and negative'

Malloy’s favorability rating under water: ‘Voters’ views of Malloy are stable and negative,” says poll director

Connecticut voters don’t really like either of the two major party candidates running for governor that much.

And that’s especially true for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is seeking re-election to a second term in what is considered an extremely close race.

According to the most recent Quinnipiac University poll, 52% of voters have an unfavorable view of Malloy while 41% view him favorably.

That favorable/unfavorable rating of the Democratic incumbent has not changed much in recent months, despite negative ads being run against him during the campaign.

Of course, this generally is not a good year to be an incumbent and elected officials usually acquire plenty of “baggage” by the decisions they make in office.

Many voters also dislike Foley

Foley, a Republican, is viewed favorably by 43% of voters and unfavorably by 43% of voters, according to the Quinnipiac poll. In general, both his favorable and unfavorable ratings have been increasing during the campaign as voters get to know him better.

But in the past week, his unfavorable rating decreased by 3% and his favorable rating increased by 3%. That surely must have the Malloy campaign worried. Foley also has been the target of much negative TV campaign advertising.

“Foley’s favorability rating has improved. Voters now have a mixed opinion of him after viewing him negatively,” Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said on Wednesday.

“Voters’ views of Malloy are stable and negative,” Schwartz said.

Race now is tied

The most Quinnipiac University Poll, released on Wednesday, finds the governor’s race a dead heat at 43% for both Malloy and Foley. Independent candidate Joe Visconti has 7%, with 6% of voters undecided. The poll surveyed likely voters from Oct. 22 to 27.

Most polls in recent months have shown an extremely close race. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

This is rematch between Malloy and Foley, with Malloy winning the governor’s race by less than 1% of the vote in 2010.