Murphy is seen favorably by the same percentage of people who see him unfavorably: 39 percent. McMahon's numbers are worse overall, with 41 percent viewing her favorably, but 47 percent viewing her unfavorably. Her favorable/unfavorable numbers were better in the previous poll.
"One of McMahon's key strengths had been that voters liked her more than Murphy," said Quinnipiac University poll director Douglas Schwartz
. "After improving her image from two years ago, her favorability rating has fallen back to about where she was in 2010."
The poll also shows 62 percent of respondents have a "strongly unfavorable" or "somewhat unfavorable" view of the race in general -- not surprising considering the sheer number of attacks that have characterized the contest over the past few months.
Meanwhile, the poll shows President Obama
running far ahead of Mitt Romney
in the White House race, 55 percent to 41 percent.
Other polls have showed a tighter race between Murphy and McMahon, and I profile the race in today's National Journal Daily
The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,412 likely voters and was conducted from October 19-22. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 2.6 percentage points.